Compare And Contrast To Build A Fire And The Open Boat

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All Natural The four literary movements are: realism, regionalism, local color, and naturalism. Naturalism is a literary movement that has a “man vs wild” perspective. It portrays man as an animal in the natural world. Naturalism also shows how man responds to the environmental forces which he has no control or full understand. It is best described as “survival of the fittest.” Both Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” and Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat” are great examples of naturalism. Even though both have quite a bit of similarities, each have their own differences as nature attacks the characters in each story. In Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,” a man is fighting the elements on his own, without another person’s help and guidance unlike in Stephen Cranes “The Open Boat”. The only company this man had was a dog. This dog was not even a…show more content…
The four men struggle to cross raging waters and hidden rocks to get to the safe land. They were survivors of a ship wreck. Each man relied on the other to do his job for their survival. Two men would take turns rowing and sleeping. The captain, who was injured, kept the men “levelheaded” while they were rowing and gave them directions to shore. The cook’s job was to bail water out of the boat so the water would not overcome the boat. Without each man doing their part, the men would not have survived or made it to shore. Throughout the entire story, nature is striking their boat left and right. The men know that nature “does not regard [them] as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of [them],”(Crane 595). Unlike the man in “To Build a Fire,” these men are fighting nature because of an accident, not because they decided to test nature. Even though they strived to make it to shore, nature got the best of one man who did not live through the fight. Unlike “To Build a Fire,” man was able to overcome

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