“The Open Boat” begins with a rich depiction of the environment. “These waves were of the hue of slate, save for the tops, which were of foaming white, and all of the men knew the colors of the sea,” says Stephen Crane as he establishes the scene in his tale of survival (226). Setting plays the vital role of the antagonist throughout the story, and is the primary force in shaping the characters’ decisions and actions. A bleak expanse of ocean serves to isolate and rock the men constantly, as they are trapped in a small dingey and forced to cope with the woes of their helpless predicament. The environment ultimately is the most important and interesting characteristic due to its nature as an adversary.
Yet, each story is a different representation in the elements of struggle and uncontrolled obstacles. By exploring these dynamic adventures, we find the opportunity to realize the analogous and diverse qualities that bring meaning and distinction to each literary work in their own right. Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat” centers on the dramatic tale of four men desperate to navigate the perils of the sea as they are thrust into a daring race for survival. The scene opens as the men, fraught with affliction, are trapped in the confines of a diminutive dinghy after their ship, The Commodore, was devastatingly swallowed by the ocean. “Many a man ought to have a bathtub larger than the boat which here rode upon the sea” (Crane, 1897, p. 286).
Suddenly, there is no longer a chain of command among these men as they work with one another against the forces of nature in a battle for their lives. The correspondent and the oiler take turns rowing the boat and fighting against the huge waves to keep it aright. The cook bails out the cold Atlantic seawater from beneath the feet of the men rowing. The captain remains a calm commander of the tired crew as he lies injured in the bow. The team heads toward a small lighthouse, in hopes of being rescued.
"The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls" by Henry Longfellow illustrates the idea that humans may not be the most significant beings on Earth through the use of poetic devices and meter. In the poem, Longfellow uses the ocean to represent and the traveler and hostler to symbolize two different aspects of humanity. The poem depicts life as a process which cannot be sped up or slowed down, and the repetition of the tide rising and falling represents the progression of life. The poem consistently expresses a serene tone, showing the relationship between nature and man as a calm one. In the first section of the poem, Longfellow introduces nature and humanity, expressing the relationship between the respective parties through the traveler's actions.
| * Very self- absorbed * Believes pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life * Helps other solely to make himself feel better * Indifferent to moral consequence * Nothing is entirely good or entirely evil * Recognizes he is disgusting * Accepts that he cannot force society to conform to his desires | Svidrigailov comes closest to living Raskolnikov’s “extraordinary man” philosophy. Svidrigailov is an important character in Crime and Punishment because his decisions and lifestyle portray the punishment and fate of men who adhere to the “extraordinary man” theory. There comes a point in the novel when both Raskolnikov and Svidrigailov feel a sense of hopelessness and listlessness for their beliefs and actions. Raskonikov, however, is redeemed by his love for Sonya and the love his friends and family. He experiences humility.
They know not of seafaring, and do not have the aptitude that the navigator possesses, and are equipped only with the art of persuasion. The navigator who has the faculties necessary to guide the ship is useless because he is not put to use on the ship, not because his knowledge is useless. The best philosophers are useless to the state not because their knowledge is useless, but because the state does not make use of them. A ship, to accomplish a safe and successful journey, needs an expert navigator at the helm and a captain who knows the capacities of the boat and has knowledge of seafaring. An untrained or ignorant person at the helm of a ship would result in danger to the ship and everyone and everything inside it.
In both the novel The Outsider and the movie “Dead poets Society” it is evident that liberty does not exist, since a person is only free while obeying society’s guidelines. It is difficult to Accept that a people live by society’s expectations. Every person aspires to be unique and to have an original life, but everyone lives and acts the way in which they are expected to. This is clearly illustrated by the character Meursault as his personality bothers the reader indirectly, because he is so distinct. The first lines of the novel demonstrate the type of person he is, as he says “Maman died today.
Anthem Essay #2 Anthem, by Ayn Rand, tells the story of a man named Equality who makes a life changing discovery in a society that does not allow individuality. Though Equality is greatly outnumbered and the modern society lies in ruins, this story is not one of sorrow and despair, but rather one of liberation and hope. As the story begins, Equality opens up by saying, “It is a sin to write this” (1). What kind of society views writing as a sin? This sets the tone for the negative setting in the novel.
Although, Rafe doesn’t listen to him, the boat ends up being filled incredibly fast with water and the buoyancy tanks do not kick in. Stranded in the middle of the ocean, Cal and his uncle are separated as the boat is tipped upside down and the two are basically left to drown. When everything seems like it is going completely wrong, Cal comes back up from the water and hangs on for his life; as after a battle with sharks and the scampering
Beowulf displayed “king-like abilities of courage”(Beowulf 38) while defeating Grendel, a grievous dominant sea-creature. Unlike Beowulf, Everyman’s satirical purpose refers to his mediocre life on Earth. These unique roles from Beowulf and Everyman allow each character to portray a certain demeanor. Beowulf’s demeanor compared to Everyman’s is prideful, fierce and defensive. Herein, Everyman appears lonely, aloof and dependent upon others for existence.