In Stephen Crane, “The Open Boat” there is four main characters an Oilier, Captain, Correspondent, and a Cook who formed a brotherhood in a time of crisis. Throughout the story the man encounters some good and bad experience but through it all they were able to maintain a strong brotherhood. The bond that the character had created allowed them to be rescued. The story reveals a tremendous amount of brotherhood throughout the story, but in order to appreciate the crew's challenge to achieve brotherhood one must first realize the diversity of people on the boat. The crew’s willingness to follow the captain orders display how brotherhood is first display in the story.
The Open Boat Melissa Thomas Bethel University The Open Boat The Open Boat describes the journey of four men stranded in dinghy in the middle of the ocean and the hardships that had to be faced in order to survive. This story reminds how precious life truly is. Sometimes people have a tendency to take life as a joke and do not realize that life can be taken away within minutes. The captain is the major character in the story, and his character holds the other crew members heads up keeping then motivated during times of distress. He was a captain on the original boat, after the boat sank he become injured and could not physically participate in keeping the dinghy afloat.
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.
Though there are two different boats the people seem to have gotten off their own either to protect themselves or attack the others. We also see a nude dead body and someone mourning over it. Overall, everything going on that boat which is the central focus of the painting is rather confusing but it can be assumed. Another important aspect of this painting that makes the viewer feel restless and confused is the angel it is
It seems that everything on the sea is grey weighing heavily on the feeling of the men. There is a tired and frustrated feeling among the men as they want to leave the boat and return to land. There is no real central character in this story. All the men on the boat are spoken about more or less equally and no prominent character jumps out at the reader as being the protagonist. Crane has used some cosmic irony in her passage; she has used a symbol of isolation in her extract.
Although all these wretched things are happening and will continue to happen, he still remains positive and grows happy over the littlest things. The extremely discomforting situations and events would make one depressed, angry, and very negative; but Olaudah proves in this story that with the right attitude anything is achievable. Even surviving life or death hardships. Some would say suicide is a cowardly way to go. I believe that if you're so terrible to a person to make them want to commit suicide then you are the coward.
And although “The Open Boat” and “To Build a Fire” are written in different styles, they equally exemplify the power of nature set against man through the characters struggles for survival in addition to lose of hope. The stories express how nature never chooses sides, therefore is always apathetic to man. In Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” the character is traveling along the Yukon trail with the weather below zero degrees. On his journey he encounters an old timer who warns him about traveling any father if the weather was below fifty, yet he ignores his warnings and chooses to continue. He could have easily avoided the situation unlike the crew in “The Open Boat” who were already in that situation.
He is not sure of his hypothesis that everything is a script but searches for the answer. He is terrified of water, believing his father perished from a sail boat accident due to inclement weather. He takes the fear head on and takes a sail boat out and the director of the film does everything to stop him. He creates hurricane winds and waves to capsize the boat but Truman is determined to find the truth. He pushes forward and finds the end of the dome to find an exit door.
In the beginning, the captain feels that he has lost his sense of direction due to not being used to letting others take charge. Without his sense of authority intact, he feels disconnected from the world, and his spirit becomes dismantled. However, since he was not able to contribute in the way he preferred, he led the way by giving specific instructions to the other characters in order to keep the dinghy afloat. Every member on the boat follows his directions. He commands very respectably.
Later, the narrator mentions one of the disadvantages of the sea to have endless nervous waves threatening the boat every now and then. The water thrusting in the boat all the time, the freezing wind and the physical and mental fatigue of the four men caused by sleeplessness, rowing, bailing and injury and still hope of survival, all show the struggle of the four waifs against the cruel nature to survive.