Examples Of Naturalism In The Open Boat

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Nature versus Man in the Open Boat In The Open Boat, the author Stephen Crane shows how the characters struggle against the relentless force of nature. They face seemingly impossible odds that occur almost sequentially through the beginning of the story until the end. What seems to be to the reader a horrible fate of events is exactly what Crane is using to demonstrate Naturalism and are further used to illustrate the fact that nature is an indifferent and powerful force on human lives and that people are naïve to think there are greater forces on hand that are playing with our lives. Using Naturalism and through the characters’ struggle, Crane is showing that nature can bring a man down to pessimism and hopelessness along with determination and comradeship in order to survive.…show more content…
Then, every moment on the small ship becomes an agonizing moment as they nervously eye each coming wave, wondering whether it will be the one to overturn them once again and make their moments their last. Crane mentions “a singular disadvantage of the sea lies in the fact after successfully surmounting one wave you discover that there is another behind it just as important and just as nervously anxious to do something effective in the way of swamping boats” (Crane 991). The character called the Cook is also described as often saying, while describing the waves, “Gawd! That was a narrow clip” (Crane 990). Crane uses description of the waves along with the characters’ reactions to it to show the torment they are faced with and how the ocean has now become their opponent. He is illustrating how each wave now holds the possibility of demise and how the men are unable to act and are only able to react to the situation they are in. Crane uses this type “of imagery to portray nature's heartbreaking indifference” (Kendir

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