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Open boat commentary

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In the passage from "The open Boat, A Tale of the sea" by Stephen Crane, a group of sailors along side their captain are left with a boat to face the raging forces of the sea on their conquest to find "sand and tree". Throughout the passage the power of the sea reinforced and emphasized on, in comparison to the distance of land also, in the sheer distress and hopelessness caused by the predicament they are left with nothing but blame those who are in safe land whose duty is to save those who are in distress as themselves. Never the less, with the passage of time and growing of realizations the men are bound to have an internal struggle blazing within them. The sea is a very powerful and merciless force, which is a trial sails men are fully aware of at all times. ...read more.


forces which are needed to actually gain control over it, supports the captains choice to stop opposing the waves and go back to the sea where it is relatively safer. The power and effect of the sea has penetrated so far that it has not only caused these men non ending chaos and struggle but has concealed the land with "gray" and "black" images. The narrators use of diction adds to the effect of whatever problems or any frustration that it has caused the men. The dominating "gray" atmosphere and mood over the sea add an effect to the fury and frustration which has eventually enclosed the sails men with. Their enclosure with gray and black boundaries isolates them from the safe world, land, "sand and trees", known to contain "the sacred cheese of life" which is taken away from the crew as they believe they are approaching it. ...read more.


not drown me, she cannot drown me" supports and aids in exposing their state of mind, which is swamped with fear, anger and uncertainty. The men's anger is amplified while insulting fate calling it an "old ninny-woman" which could show signs of its incompetency and an "old hen" portraying its weakness and absurdity in relation to the infuriating situation which it has placed them in. To sum up, the sea is a reserve of endless power, controlled by "seven mad gods". In addition to the incompetency and absurdity of fate, the situation of man has a certain element of dramatic tragedy and misfortune. They are being robbed of their right of safety and normal lives by the non-ending waves of the sea and them being capable of seeing land magnifies all emotion and frustration they might have embedded within them. All of that juxtaposed with the element of land and the men on the shore allow a proper insight to the situation. ...read more.

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