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Realism-Naturalism Brian Robinson From the Yukon trail to the ocean realism and naturalism writers like Stephen Crane and Jack London explore the many trials of man and nature Stephen Crane is famous for his story The Open Boat The story involves a crew made up of 3 sailors and is about their struggle to find help during a storm at sea In Jack Londons To Build a Fire a man battles against nature to build a fire so he doesnt freeze to death The story The Open Boat by Stephen Crane starts out with 3 men on a ship including an oilier a cook and the wounded captain They have been staring at waves that are of a hue of slate except for the tops that are foaming white They want to find some land They are hungry and thirsty but there is nothing to eat except maybe the fat cook They can make out a huge shadow in the water circling the boat They see sharks swimming in the water that are scary but beautiful at the same time The oilier who has been rowing for while decides he is there only hope of getting to land So he jumps in to swim to shore But the irony being that the oilier most fit to survive is the one who dies first This story clearly displays the naturalism theme by showing there is a sign of hope if they can find a first aid station or a refuge house Naturalism shows the relationship between individuals and nature focusing on the importance of characters and their environment One such naturalistic theme explored in The Open Boat is natures indifference to their fate Struggling to beat each wave making little progress on their voyage towards land they are at the mercy of the waves In Jack Londons story To Build a Fire a man is experiencing his first winter in the Yukon The
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