The Open Boat | Study Guide

Stephen Crane

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Stephen Crane

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Short Story


Adventure, Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

"The Open Boat" is told by a third-person omniscient narrator, although certain events are relayed from the perspective the correspondent. For that reason, "The Open Boat" has also been described as having "third-person, alternating" narration.


"The Open Boat" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

"The Open Boat" refers to the dinghy in which four men are trying to survive after their steamship has sunk. The use of the word open emphasizes the vulnerability of the men inside it and their exposure to the brutality of nature.


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