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Stephen Crane the author of The Open Boat uses an extraordinary selection of detail that coincides with his imagery to develop the tone He also uses a balanced mixture of realism and naturalism Through the mlange of pictures it is almost effortless to grasp the profound tone Crane is trying to portray Crane opens with many suggestive phrases about the waves The phrase their eyeswere fastened upon the waves that swept toward them helps the reader to comprehend the fear the men felt on account of their surroundings While the phrase its the horizon edge was jagged with waves that seemed thrust up on points like rocks suggests to the reader the intensity of the waves themselves The boat offers no security to the sailors on board and the reader immediately realizes the danger of the sea The author soon gives the reader a strong comparison between the boat and a bathtub he states Many a man ought to have a bathtub larger than the boat which here rode upon the sea In this statement he shows the incapable size of the boat the men were trusting to keep them safe from the threatening waves The tyke-sized boat posed a great danger during this overwhelming storm and further supported the tone as being fearful and hopeless Further support of this idea can be found in the forth paragraph Crane gives the reader an image of the frail oars Whenever Crane refers to the waves he gives us images of them rising and falling He gives specific images of this fact when he uses similes in the eighth paragraph Crane tells us the boat Plunged like an animal and she the boat seemed like a horse making at a fence outrageously high The tone continues to be grave and hopeless and at this point the reader begins to sympathize with the men on board The waves continue to give the sailors trouble In the
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