The Effectivness of Literary Techniques Used in Stephen Crane’s The Open Boat
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Stephen Crane’s short story “The Open Boat” is developed through many techniques, but the most effective technique he used was his organization. The first chapter is an introduction of the setting, characters, and plot. The second chapter contains innocent details to familiarize the audience with the characters and the situation, while the third chapter begins to dig into the plot. The fourth chapter sets a problem for the characters and the fifth and sixth chapters are the rising action, building up to the climax. The climax is in the seventh and final chapter, along with the falling action and final ending. Although the story is short with limited options for organization, Crane chose the most effective way that keeps the reader intrigued throughout the whole story.
The eager and wealthy Stephen Crane was a young writer living in New York City when his interest for psychological states of combat arose. His growing writing reputation and new curiosity for battle led him to a new career: a war correspondent. Crane set sail the SS Commodore to Cuba in 1897 but the ship sank, causing him and three other men to spend a day and a half adrift. This uncommon experience inspired one of his most famous short stories, “The Open Boat.” He gave the story almost the exact setting, characters, and plot that he had personally experienced. “The Open Boat” is a short story about four men travelling on a small boat (a dinghy)-the captain of the boat, a cook, an oiler, and a