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There are more characters than just the captain the correspondent the oiler and the cook in Stephen Cranes The Open Boat There is a fifth character nature Nature can be seen as the main character in the story as it is constantly affecting the four men in the boat and is ever-present throughout their ordeal Many different views of nature are expressed in this work nature as the causal agent of the entire trial as being personified in its action and as being indifferent to the plights of man Nature is the force that drives the action in The Open Boat The four men battle the waves the wind and the cold from start to finish in the short story Every page describes the wrath of the sea 398 the strong howling wind the cold-sea water 404 and how the four brave men fight against them to survive Obviously were nature in a calmer state none of the events would transpire As it is nature through its thrashing waves and torrential wind force the four men to struggle and fight until they can not fight anymore This battle against the forces of nature propel the story as it goes through seven phases Each phase of The Open Boat has its own sensibility and how nature relates in that respect The first phase is shortly after the four men begin their adventure aboard the dinghy Their fear is new and sudden as the crests of waves threaten to swamp their over-crowded vessel The entire experience is more frightening for the men because they have never been at sea in a dinghy 397 and have never felt the strength of nature in such a diminutive craft The waves throw the tiny boat like a horse making at a fence outrageously high 396 while the men strive to adjust to their current berth Still despite their powerful antagonist the sailors try to remain optimistic and think of
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