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The Open Boat by Stephen Crane Short Story Essay The Open Boat Four men drift across a January sea in an open boat since they lost their ship some time after dawn Now in the clear light of day the men begin to grasp the full gravity of their situation Realizing that their main conflict will be man versus nature in this case the raging sea In the short story The Open Boat Stephen Crane gives an itemized description of the two days spent on a ten-foot dinghy by four men a cook a correspondent which is Crane himself the injured Captain and Billy Higgens the oiler The men in the open boat show us that compassion for ones comrade unfeeling endurance and courage are the true moral standards in a neutral universe Characterization creates the setting in this story It is said in the book that the protagonists personality sets the action or the setting in a story The four men in this story make up the entire cast there is no one protagonist An all-knowing narrator writes this story which is Crane This story also enforces that this is a collective experience The emotional support and the knowledge of the sea come from the injured captain The strength and endurance comes from the correspondent and the oiler which keeps them all headed in the right direction The cook is an example of the three that are ignorant about the raging sea Characterization is a prime example of setting of this story since the characters make up the majority of the setting The setting in The Open Boat creates the story A seat in this boat was not unlike a seat upon
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