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"The Open Boat"

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Introduction

"The Open Boat" "The Open Boat" is a story of four shipwrecked men, an oiler, cook, correspondent, and the captain of the sunken ship The Commodore. The oiler sort of stood out throughout the entire story because he is the only one that was given a name. To prevent the dingy from getting swamped, the corresponded and the oiler take turns rowing even though the oiler just came off a double shift on the ship. The injured captain lies in the bow of the dingy and directs the crew in the right direction while the cook bails out the water. The four men must rely on each other to survive the wicked waters and make it to shore safely. The four men realize that in order to survive they all need to work together without arguing. One thing that challenges the men and bring them together at the same time would be the wind. They realized if it wouldn't be for the wind they wouldn't really have a chance of surviving at all. ...read more.

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The cook and oiler were confined to their specific areas on the ship and the correspondent was simply just a passenger. During their first couple of hours of being on the dingy, their first reaction was to argue about "the difference between a life-saving station and a house of refuge" (Crane 860). But shortly after, they put their differences aside and became focused on surviving and making it to shore in one piece. I think one of moments that they really began to bond, whether they realized it or not was when they discovered the cigars and the three matches. "After a search, somebody produced three dry matched, and thereupon the four waifs rode impudently in their little boat, and with an assurance of impending rescue shining in their eyes, puffed at the big cigars and judged well and ill of all men. Everybody took a drink of water." (Crane 864) Typically when men get together and smoke cigars they sit around and talk about what is going on or tend to have a deep conversation. ...read more.

Conclusion

Crane implies that you don't normally form a bond as strong as those four men unless you are in a similar situation. Not to say that people don't form strong friendships but being in this situation only made their bond stronger and much more meaningful. The story reveals a tremendous amount of brotherhood throughout the story, but in order to appreciate the crew's challenge to achieve brotherhood one must first realize the diversity of people on the boat. The four men that were using each other to help themselves survive were the cook, oiler, captain, and the correspondent. If they were on The Commodore they would have never gotten to know each other the to the extent that they know each other now. I think that the brotherhood they achieved will stay with them for quite some time if not forever. They will always remember what happened to them that one evening, but they will never forget the brotherhood that they all shared. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amy Petsch English 226 ...read more.

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