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Images As I read The Tell-Tale Heart by Edger Allen Poe and The Open Boat by Stephen Crane I was torn between the classic realism in The Open Boat and the atypical scenes from The Tell-Tale Heart Both stories however were very effective in keeping my interest and imagination running Stephen Crane gives a sense of realism to The Open Boat due to his real life tale of survival of a shipwreck on his way to Havana Crane p 192 The detail of the scenery and waves and the use of common everyday objects to describe the detail makes the story easier for the reader to picture The reader feels as if she were on the open seas For example when Crane was describing the size and movement of the boat Many a man ought to have a bathtub larger than the boat which here rode upon the sea p 192 Crane went on later to say A seat in this boat was not unlike a seat upon a bucking broncho and by the same token a broncho is not much smaller p 193 Cranes description of the waves is also picturesque These waves were of the hue of slate save for the tops which were of foaming white and all of the men know the colors of the sea The horizon narrowed and widened and dipped and rose and at all times its edge was jagged with waves that seemed thrust up in points like rocks p 192 I felt the most significant realism in the story however was the struggle the men had against nature to survive In life we all struggle from time to time It is at those moments that we realize that despite our continued efforts we are at the mercy of nature and conceivably we might as in The Open Boat imagine something like If I am going to be drowned-if I am going to be drowned-if I am
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