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Unformatted text preview: Stephen Crane Thursday, February 25, 2010 1:12 PM 1. Important writer! (most on EXAM!) 2. What ways is Open Boat one of the most naturalistic writings and what way it's not 3. Naturalism o Life is short, brutal, solitary, Thomas Hobb o One sentence definition: "Life's a bitch and then you die" o God exists but he is not angry or benevolent o 20th century and 1800s o Anti romantic: does not beahve.. 19mins in mar 9 Stephen Crane 4. Tried to escape his upbringing 5. Son of Methodist preacher (father) and social leader of temperance crusader (mother), they believed: o Benevolent god o God failing people 6. Naturalistic 7. Died of TB at age 28 8. Went to military prep school and then went one term to Syracuse and played baseball 9. Learned to write by writing for a newspaper.. NY t ribune & mingled w/ bohemian art students (hippies) 10. His aim was to deflate romantic idealism and portray men battered and alone in a hostile world (read bio) 11. (different from Whitman, Whitman was a romanticism) 12. Crane was a war correspondent o Reports on the war o Reports Cuban Revolution and boat sinks The Open Boat 13. God portrayed by someone who is looking down at four guys in an open boat and wishing them luck but doing nothing about it 14. Fiction even though this really happened to him in real life.. But a short story is always fiction. Imagined him to.. 15. 4 ppl on the boat o A cook (NOT a chef.. haha) o A wounded captain o Oiler- machinist - Billie only one with a name o White collar correspondent 16. One of the most famous beginning sentences in literature o "none of them knew the color of the sky" 17. Open boat because open to the elements 18. Essence of naturalism 19. They literally dont know the color of the sky because they are rowing o Rowing like crazy to save their lives 20. Symbolically they dont know because even if they look up, who would help?? 21. Uses repetition like waves 22. Third person point of view (like view of God) Not an I, us ,we, the narration does go into the thinking of the correspondent. He is the thinker and writer and so he expresses all of the philosophical views 23. Lots of imagery and naturalism. animal imagery (like Jonathan Edwards without the Calvinism) 24. Subtle humor o That God thinks of us as joke o God is looking down or not looking...
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