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Nature is seen as indifferent and uncaring This goes along with the idea that nature is personified It is thought to have actions of animate objects in the story and there is an attitude that the men attribute to nature that correlates with it There are frequent mentions that nature is uncaring indifferent and that the trials of one person do not matter in the overall view of the universe To the men their situation on the boat leads them to believe in this attitude The waves slap against the small dinghy relentlessly despite the worries or pleas of the men involved This makes the men reflect on nature as having a disposition It occurs to the men that nature does not regard them as important 409 which of course angers them Despite the terror and desperation the men felt nature remained indifferent flatly indifferent 412 By demonstrating that nature as depicted by Stephen Crane has an attitude the impression of nature as a main character is greatly increased In conclusion The Open Boat portrays nature as a main character in the story Many devices are used to culminate this interpretation Through the many descriptions of nature as a causation of the action and as a constant force it is easily interpreted as a primary persona in the story The attitude and indifference of nature as expressed by the sailors greatly aids in developing nature as a crucial character in the short story
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