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Potter 1 Jessica Potter Professor Almanza ENGL 1302 28 Sept 2017 Man Versus Ego Versus Nature Mankind has always possessed an our-presence-has-purpose kind of ego that supports the idea that humans have a significant role in the universe and in the grand scheme of things, and that Fate owes mankind some kind of purpose to fulfill. In all actuality, it is man against nature in every way of life, and the purpose is merely to survive and adapt, as is presented in “The Open Boat” by Stephen Crane. This short story is characterized by the theme that nature is completely indifferent to man. Throughout this story of survival, the shipwrecked crew is in a constant fight against nature, but nature is not fighting against them. nature is both indifferent to their suffering and their successes in the way that it challenges them with both hopeful ups and violent downs. The crew’s humanistic ego leads them to believe that nature is fighting against them, yet it’s ironic considering that in the grand scheme of things, they are small and completely insignificant. The boat the crew desperately tries to keep afloat is constantly on the verge of sinking throughout the entire story, much like the crew itself. It puts into perspective how inconsequential they are in the midst of nature’s forces. The waves rock the frail boat when they want, and they are smooth and peaceful when they want to be, neither in response to any external forces or the crew’s choices. Nature has the upper hand and the crew is along for the ride the
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