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Many authors use symbols to express their themes to the reader Symbols can come in various forms In The Open Boat Crane reflects on his own experience to make the most of a common theme in his a portion of his works Nature is indifferent to human problems In this story Cranes shows the theme of mans struggle versus natures indifference the symbolism of water wildlife and wind Indeed water symbolizes natures lack of concern toward man Despite the tired mens daring struggle to save their lives the waves were wrongfully and barbarously abrupt and tall greatly hindering the little boats navigation The men found that As each salty wall of water approached it shut all else from the view of the men in the boat and it was not difficult to imagine that this particular wave was the final outburst of the ocean the last effort of the grim water There was a terrible grace in the move of the waves and they came in silence save for the snarling of the crests The mens optimism against nature was that each wave was going to be the last The water proved to be too powerful forcing the men to turn back to sea The little boat lifted by each towering sea and splashed viciously by the crests made progress that in the absence of sea-weed was not apparent to those in her She seemed just a wee thing wallowing miraculously top-up at the mercy of five oceans Occasionally a great spread of water like white flames swarmed into her In addition the temperature of the water was cold adding to their misery As they would try to rest the chilling water soaked them anew The fact of the cold water mixed with his evaluation of his situation brought despair to a new intensity Further towards the end of the story the water would reveal a new nemesis to the correspondent Once in
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