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Naturalism in Stephen Crane The Open Boat

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Monique Martinez February 6, 2008 AP English 11 Naturalism in Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat” 1. What philosophical values, if any, are presented or advocated by Stephen Crane in the story? ** In Stephen Crane’s short story “The Open Boat” we are able to see the views of Crane concerning Naturalism. Throughout his story, Crane presents to us the idea that nature and the universe are both impassive and uncaring about humankind. An example of this idea would be when Crane states in the story: “When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him…Any visible expression of nature would surely be pelleted with his jeers.” He makes it clear that it is our own duty to survive and not depend on nature and/or the universe because both of them have “no sense of obligation” to us. He also makes the point that nature is unconquerable and the best thing to do is fight your way through it and not against it.
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