Open Boat Essay

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Describe how Stephen Crane develops the naturalistic themes in the open boat. * Nature does not care/nature is indefinite Stephen crane shows a lot of this theme throughout the story. When he says” The boat is a bronco and a wild colt which prances, and leaps”. He was describing the motions of the waves to the situations the sailors went through. He then goes on and says they, “ growl and roar, snarl and are wild”. This was describing how the waves are dangerous and fierce like animals in the wild. These quotes show that nature does not care. Then he starts describing how the summit of each wave required a new leap, and then he starts referring the wave as a she. “She would slide, and race, and splash down a long incline and arrive bobbing and nodding in front of the next menace”. And “She cannot mean to drown me. She dare not drown me. She cannot drown me”. These two quotes are describing that nature is indefinite. * “Society” has meaning in a harsh world Stephen shows this theme all through the adventure of the story. Like when he said in the story that “The Correspondent thought he had been drenched to the skin, but happening to feel in the top pocket of his coat, he found therein eight cigars. Four of them were soaked with sea-water; four were perfectly scatheless”. This shows that society was trying to tell them that they have a 50/50 chance to survive. And also “If I am going to be drowned-If I am going to be drowned-If I am going to be drowned, why, in the name of seven mad Gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to come thus far and contemplate sand and trees? What brought here merely to have my nose dragged away”. This shows that they are working as one with the sea to overcome their struggles and problems toward the sea. The two quotes show the theme “society” has meaning in a harsh world in the story. * Man is Insignificant in the universe

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