The Open Boat | Study Guide

Stephen Crane

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Narrator, Part 6 a man would conclude that it was really the intention of the seven mad gods to drown him, despite the abominable injustice of it. uring this dismal night, it may be remarked that Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Stephen Crane: A Critical Biography by John Berryman Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Seagulls & Shark Signify the ever-present threat of death Lifeboat Symbolizes both survival and community Symbols Lighthouse Represents a broken hope for survival Strong, hardworking, and uncomplaining; dies unexpectedly when the others are rescued Billie, the Oiler Portly, talkative crew member; tries to be helpful despite only knowing how to cook The Cook Compassionate, selfless, and skilled leader; takes his leadership responsibilities seriously The Captain Cynical journalist; learns humility and articulates the story’s major themes The Correspondent Main Characters A journalist, poet, novelist, and short story writer, Crane had an unconventional life that took him from New York’s Bowery to the battlefields of Greece and Cuba. Drawing from these experiences, Crane became one of the earliest practitioners of naturalism, an art style that portrays the world in gritty, unforgiving detail. STEPHEN CRANE1871–1900 Author After their ship sinks off the coast of Florida, four men attempt to make their way back to shore in a tiny lifeboat. As the hours crawl by, the weary men begin to realize that survival is not guaranteed and that nature is utterly indifferent to their plight. Fighting to Survive THEMES In a vast, cold universe, no individual life is more important than any other. Insignificance of the Individual Only the bonds formed among individuals give human life meaning. Family Nature is cruel and unrelenting, with no interest in the struggles of humankind. Indifference of the Universe English Original Language 1897 Year Published Stephen Crane Author The Open Boat Adventure Short Story

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