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Nature in Stephen Cranes The Open Boat In Stephen Cranes short story The Open Boat Crane demonstrates through symbolism and allegory that nature is indifferent toward man The characters in the story come face to face with and are nearly overcome by natures apparent apathy Mans struggles in the face of this elemental indifference are marked by a grim irony the oiler the strongest of the group drowns but the sea leaves unclaimed the wounded captain and the cowardly cook The indifference of nature is illustrated throughout the story in various ways as the high cold winter star the roaring waves and the menacing shark symbolically suggest The realization that nature does not nurture comes to the correspondent as he remembers the childhood verse about the soldier of the Legion dying in Algiers he realizes that as a child he had no interest in the soldier Now on the verge of death himself the correspondent understands that nature the sea has no interest in him Cranes descriptions illustrate natures lack of concern for the men He discusses the waves in the ocean that continually roll and crest The waves are problems or situations that are unavoidable moreover the waves continue to flow one after another towards the rowers Also the birds that sat comfortably in groups while the men sat in their difficult situation The birds were indifferent towards the sailors situation they were sitting happily as if nothing was wrong and for them that is true The sailors were envious of the birds freedom because they were captives of natures most difficult conditions The sun continues to rise and set daily maintaining its normal routine regardless of the mens situations The men feel as if fate the seven mad gods control their destinies The omnipotent narrator reveals their thoughts regarding this If I am going to be drownedwhy in the name of the seven mad gods who rule the seaIf this old
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