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The "Open Boat", by Stephen Crane

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Ricky Butler

on 11 August 2014

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Transcript of The "Open Boat", by Stephen Crane

The "Open Boat", by Stephen Crane

Done by: Ricky Butler
Date: 08/08/2014
Teacher: Mrs. Bracco

The conflict in this short story is man v. nature. Their ship wrecked and they had to battle the open sea i a tiny dingy boat. The battled the harsh surf, weather, waves and storms of the open sea. The dialogue used prove it man v. nature. "Oh, well," said the captain, soothing his children, "we'll get ashore all right." But there was that in his tone which made them think, so the oiler quoth: "Yes! If this wind holds!" The cook was bailing: "Yes! If we don't catch hell in the surf." Their discussing the sea.
The Rising Action
The rising action is when the captain seen the lighthouse at Mosquito Inlet. The rising action is a related series of incidents in a literary plot that build toward the point of greatest interest. Their greatest interest was to make it to shore. So seeing the light house was a rising action in the story. "See it?" said the captain. "No," said the correspondent, slowly, "I didn't see anything." "Look again," said the captain. He pointed. "It's exactly in that direction." This shows it gave them hope.
The Climax
The climax of the story is when the men see the house of refuge on land. They spotted the light house and new there was hope for safety. You can kinda hear the excitement and anxiety in their voices. They anxious to get ashore and happy to see something besides the open sea. "That's the house of refuge, sure," said the cook. "They'll see us before long, and come out after us." "The keeper ought to be able to make us out now, if he's looking through a glass," said the captain. "He'll notify the life-saving people." The cook is excited to see the house of refuge, the captain knows they'll be saved if the keepers watching.
Falling Action
The falling action is when is when the men make it off the boat and ashore. They suceeded in making it to shore. The falling action and is intended to bring the story to a satisfying end. When they reached the shore, they were no longer at battle with the horrific open sea. They had reached their goal, which was shore.
They reached the shore, but lost their dear friend the oiler in the process.
A True Story
This was a true encounter of the author Stephen Crane. It is based on the sinking of the USS Commodore which Stephen Crane was in route to Cuba as a reporter covering the Spanish-American War. The correspondent plays the role of the author himself. The theme of the open boat is men battling the sea for safety. They boat wrecked and they had to use a tiny boat to try to make it to safety. The setting is in the open water of the sea. The tone and mood was dark and dim. It was frieghtening for the men.
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