March 2 - . They only know the color of the sea the hue of...

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. They only know the color of the sea… the hue of slate (it’s all grey) Mar2 The Open Boat (Naturalism) continued… They don’t know the color of the sky because god is not there to help them. They only know the color of the sea… the hue of slate (it’s all grey)
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The point of view of the story is third person (omniscient narration, god like knowledge?) This is the white color worker and he’s the thinker. He expresses a lot of philosophical questions/issues in the story. Lots of animal imagery. We may be able to reason but in God’s eyes we’re insects/animals, whatever… Subtle humor: cosmic joke that God thinks of us as kind of a joke. The idea is that God is looking down or not looking and doesn’t care…”look at those 4 bastards on a boat…” Personification of nature (we see this in Maggie as well)… The guys are decent man, and the captain is especially a decent guy. .he cares for his men, he is metaphorically blind, but still a leader, wounded. Billy and the correspondent are the rowers… The correspondent pulls at the other ore, watches the waves and wonders why he’s there. This story deal with huge metaphorical issues and open boat…a question that can’t be answered…”why am I here….why do I learn, feel comfortable, then die…what is the purpose of our lives?” –Naturalism would just say that we do and die… and the world goes on without us…but here he’s wondering why he’s there… Even though the captain he’s still leading and inspiring group… The ocean is described as nervous and anxious (personification). The myth of Sisyphus
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