The Other Boat
– The Other Boat Who am I. Why do I do what I do. When can I break the rules of society without being guilty. In the unique agony of seeking understanding, acceptance, and love, these several questions echo poignantly throughout human history. For all people these introspective problems—while difficult—desperately need answers, as answers to these questions dictate the choice to stay within the bounds of accepted ethics or to step out. The importance and difficulty of finding good answers to these questions intensifies for atheists and agnostics, since they must formulate answers with the full responsibility for their conclusions resting on their own shoulders….
Stephen Crane’s The Open Boat
– Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat” “None of them knew the color of the sky.” This first sentence in Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat” implies the overall relationship between the individual and nature. This sentence also implies the limitations of anyone’s perspective. The men in the boat concentrate so much on the danger they are in, that they are oblivious and unaware to everything else; in other words, maybe lacking experience. “The Open Boat” begins with a description of four men aboard a small boat on a rough sea….
The Power of Nature Revealed in The Open Boat
– The Power of Nature Revealed in The Open Boat In 1894, Stephen Crane said, “A man said to the universe: ‘Sir, I exist!’ ‘However,’ replied the universe, ‘The fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.'” This short encounter of man and nature is representative of Crane’s view of nature. However, he did not always see nature as indifferent to man. In 1887, he survived a shipwreck with two other men. “The Open Boat” is his account from an outsider’s point of view of the two days spent in a dinghy….
Determinism, Objectivity, and Pessimism in The Open Boat
– Determinism, Objectivity, and Pessimism in The Open Boat In Stephen Crane’s short story “The Open Boat”, the American literary school of naturalism is used and three of the eight features are most apparent, making this work, in my opinion, a good example of the school of naturalism. These three of the eight features are determinism, objectivity, and pessimism. They show, some more than others, how Stephen Crane viewed the world and the environment around him. Determinism is of course the most obvious of the three features…. ;
Indifference to Anxiety in Crane’s The Open Boat
– Indifference to Anxiety in Crane’s The Open Boat In recent years, critical response to Stephen Crane’s The Open Boat has shifted dramatically, focusing less on the tale’s philosophical agendas than on its epistemological implications. The story no longer stands as merely a naturalistic depiction of nature’s monumental indifference or as simply an existential affirmation of fife’s absurdity. Instead, we have slowly come to realize a new level of the text, one that, according to Donna Gerstenberger, explores “man’s limited capacities for knowing reality” (557)…. ;