The Open Boat Essay

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“When it came night, the white waves passed to and fro in the moonlight, and the wind brought the sound of the great sea’s voice to the men on the shore, and they felt they could then be interpreters” (Crane 370). “The Open Boat,” written by Stephen Crane, describes the journey of four men stranded in a dinghy in the middle of the ocean and the hardships that had to be faced in order to survive. This story is not only a riveting story, keeping readers on the edge of their seat, but the story also makes the reader realize how precious life truly is. Sometimes people have a tendency to take life as a grain of salt and do not think about the realization that life can be taken away within the blink of an eye. As in “The Open Boat,” the crew…show more content…
The Correspondent’s role is to row the boat. Throughout the entire story, he constantly revaluated his previous beliefs and started to wonder whether or not there was a higher power controlling his fate. For example, he questions his belief of “the gods” and quotes, “If I am going to be drowned- if I am going to be drowned- if I am going to be drowned, why in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the sea, was I allowed to come this far, and contemplate sand and trees”( 365). He wondered that if he was going to die, why he would be kept alive just for a short time frame. He could not understand why he worked so hard to survive and then would be killed near the end of his journey. As he re-questioned his previous beliefs, his use of descriptive detail of the harsh waves began to lessen. For example, in the beginning, the waves are described as “jagged with waves that seemed thrust up in points like rocks,” but by the end of the story they are described as “pacing to and fro” (370). The Oiler, who actual name is Billie, was also in charge of rowing the boat along beside the correspondent. The Oiler had a positive attitude and did not believe in giving up in hope that they would not survive. Even though, in the end, he did end up dying, while trying to swim to shore, he never faltered from his positive attitude. For example, in one scene of the story the correspondent accidentally splashed water in the Oiler’s face while he

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