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Stephen Cranes story The Open Boat presents four shipwrecked men trying to perpetuate their survival in their fight against the sea Crane masters depicting pathos in such a way that the story does not overfill the reader with sentimentality Heroism also shines through the characters something which gives a greater understanding of their situation As the reader follows the story along she gets a sense that shes in the story yet her emotions arent forced out of her The waves were of the hue slatemost wrongfully and barbously abrubt and tall in the beginning By writing long descriptions of waves Crane sets a scene so believable the reader feels shes being bombarded by the sea Crane also sets the mood by portraying the captain as a fatherly figure The captains optimism is a heroic effort of soothing his children There is a better understanding of the crew as a whole and how they interact Though the men are at the mercy of five oceans there never could be a more ready and swiftly obedient crew for the captain to command Towards the middle of the story the ocean still has the upper hand The men now rode this wild colt of a dinghy like circus ment Death also comes as a definite option to the men If we dont get all ashore said the captain---if we dont all get ashore I suppose you fellows know where to send news of my finish This foreshadowing of death helps the reader anticipate it something remains which extracts unnecessary sentimentality At another point Crane writes It is almost certain that if the boat had capsized he the oiler would have tumbled comfortably out upon the ocean as if he felt that it was a great soft mattress Now death looks appealing it seems better than living through this horrid situation The fact that theyre not dead and that they have suffered all this time shows heroism
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