The Open Boat
As humans we try find our place in life, our purpose, the reason for our existence. We try to use religion as a driver to guide us through our time on earth, but it makes us wonder what are we doing here or if we really matter. Would anything change if we were suddenly gone? Maybe to our loved ones and the ones close to us, but in the grand scheme of things we are but less than a foot note. In Stephen Crane’s short story “the open boat” crane shows us that nature in itself is completely indifferent to the trials of mankind. The character in the story come face to face with the sheer lack of concern nature has for them as they struggle to survive.
The story opens with four men who have no names but simply their tittles as crew members; The Captain, the oiler, the cook, and the correspondent, who are stranded in a small boat in the ocean. Even from the start crane shows how little nature cares for their tragedy “The birds sat comfortably in groups, and they were envied by some in the dingy, for the wrath of the sea was no more to them than it was to a covey of prairie chickens a thousand miles inland."() Despite their situation, nature; the birds, the sea, it all goes on no matter what might happen to the sailors. The sun continues to rise and fall, a shark even finds no use for them. Throughout the story the men seem to not keep track of their surroundings or where they are on a day to day basis. This feeling that the men are all having causes them to feel separated from nature. The men start to feel angry towards nature and to them it seems that nature has the same feeling towards them. The men think that all odds are against them in their journey to save themselves. "[The waves were] nervously anxious to do something effective in the way of swamping boats."() This action, however, is just nature on a normal basis, not an act of hostility toward the men.
Although the men are teamed up against an angry sea, they still seem to think that their...