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Within Stephen Cranes short story The Open Boat he focuses on the survival of four men in a life boat who manage to reach safety on a distant shore By working together as a team they have to endure serious ocean conditions until they are able to see a person waving to them on the shore who immediately rushes to get help In Jack Londons To Build a Fire he puts a great emphasis on how a man and a dog travel in below-freezing temperatures As stubborn as the man is he does not make it safely because he chooses to ignore a previous travelers experience Therefore he outsmarts himself which leads to his death Cranes image of working toegether suggests enables people to live through major physical challenges rather than Londons illustration of not taking action and utilizing survival skills suggests failure that arises through inexperienceCranes usage of everyone doing their part conveys the characters are needed to increase their chances to survive He writes The cook squatted in the bottomHis sleeves were rolled over his fat forearms and the two flaps of his unbuttoned vest dangled as he bent to bail out the boat 368 Crane suggests that the cook is willing to take on a different role than his usual one The reader can only assume that the cooks previous duty on board their previous ship is mainly to just prepare all the meals Therefore Crane reveals the pivotal shift from just being a cook to a helping hand His priorities have changed and he is willing to assume the necessary role for survival His only priority is to bail as much water as possible Through Cranes text bailing is the only priority the cook has during the crisis Now that this particular character and three other men are in a life boat his main job is to prevent too much water from washing onto the boat itself He may be skilled
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