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In The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, the correspondent is, without a doubt, a very dynamic character.

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The Correspondent In The Open Boat by Stephen Crane, the correspondent is, without a doubt, a very dynamic character. In the beginning of the story, his focus in life is mainly on himself and what feels right to him, rather than on the well being of others, or on the way he lives his life. Through his near-death experience on the "Commodore", he comes to realize that the world doesn't revolve around him, and that there are other people in the world that have it much worse than he does at the present moment. In the first line of the story, it says that "none of them knew the color of the sky." The correspondent didn't view life as anything more than himself, and he didn't see the bigger picture. He didn't have any basis for the way he should live his life either. He didn't think that he deserved to die, and he "wondered why he was even there." He thought very highly of himself, and for some reason thought that he was above death. ...read more.


In fact, he had some good attributes to his name. He was definitely a very courteous man. He apologizes sincerely when he inconveniences someone understanding of the other men's needs. When the shark was circling the boat, and the correspondent was the only one awake, he respected the fact that the other men were sleeping, and did not wake them up to tell them of the shark. "They certainly were asleep. So, being bereft of sympathy, he leaned a little way to one side and swore softly into the sea." In addition to his courtesy, he was obedient to his authority and he was determined to do his job the best that he could. "But he (the captain) could never command a more ready and swiftly obedient crew than the motley three of the dinghy." The correspondent hated rowing a boat, but he did it without complaining because he knew that the other men in the boat needed him. Toward the end of the story the correspondent has a revelation. ...read more.


With his character change, his outlook on morality and sinfulness changed as well. "It is plausible that a man in this situation...should see the innumerable flaws of his life, and have them taste wickedly in his mind, and wish for another chance. A distinction between right and wrong seems absurdly clear to him...and he understands that if he were given another opportunity he would mend his conduct and his words." He now had a desire to change his way of life. When he had made it to the shore in the end of the story, a man was helping him out, and he sent the man to help the oiler who was "face downward" in the sand. His change had brought about in him a greater love and concern for others than he had ever known before. It is sad that the correspondent, as well as the other men on the boat, had to go through this, but if he hadn't experienced this, his life change, that was based on a revelation in the midst of a tribulation, would never have occurred. ...read more.

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