The Open Boat and Life of Pi

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“If every unfolding we experience takes us further along in life, then, we are truly experiencing what life is offering.” This was written by Yann Martel in the novel Life of Pi. After I read this novel, there was another novel which has similar plot occurred to me---the Open Boat. 1. The nature and the God
“When it came night, the white waves passed to and fro in the moonlight, and the wind brought the sound of the great sea’s voice to the men on the shore, and they felt they could then be interpreters”. (Crane2007:60) “The Open Boat,” written by Stephen Crane, describes the journey of four men stranded in a dinghy in the middle of the ocean and the hardships that had to be faced in order to survive. The title “The Open Boat” has significant symbolic meaning when comparing the size of the boat to the size of the sea. This shows the reader that the boat had no protection and the crew members had to fight for their survival all on their own without any extra help from a barrier. The boat was so fragile that they had to be extremely careful with the movements that they made because the slightest jarring motion could capsize the boat. This title also symbolizes how life is in reality. There is not a manual telling someone how to survive everyday life. People will have successes and failures in life just as the crew members had their ups and downs in the dinghy while they struggled to survive. No hardship, whether if it is about life in general or about the gentlemen in the story, will be easy, but that’s what makes life. “All of life is an act of letting go, but what hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.” As Martel written, we all have our moments of happiness and gloom as well and nothing is there to protect us, just like nothing was there to protect them while out at sea.
Similar to other Naturalist works, "The Open Boat" scrutinizes the

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