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Stephen Crane and The Civil War - Stephen Crane and The Civil War One year after the publication of The Red Badge of Courage Crane released a continuation to the narrative in the form of a short story.  “The Veteran” characterizes an elderly Henry Fleming who recalls his first exposure to the experience of war.  Of the battle he remembers, “That was at Chancellorsville” (Crane 529-531).  While Crane never explicitly states the name of the battle in The Red Badge, the incidents mentioned in “The Veteran” indicate that the protagonist of each is one in the same (website).  Memories of his reasons for flight and sad recollections of the memory of Jim Conklin, the “tall soldier,” mirror the episodes mentioned in Crane’s second...   [tags: Stephen Crane]
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Stephen Crane and The Civil War - Stephen Crane and The Civil War         While merely speculative, some biographers claim that Crane began The Red Badge of Courage in response to a challenge made by an acquaintance urging him to write a war novel that exceeded the quality of Emile Zola’s Le débâcle.  Crane, shortly thereafter, undertook the task and researched various articles in Century magazine on battles and leaders in the Civil War.  In several personal letters he writes of the process he underwent in producing the narrative and discusses his opinions and feelings in reference to the quality of his work.  While he generally concedes to the positive opinions surrounding its reviews, he makes a conscious effort to refut...   [tags: Stephen Crane]
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Stephen Crane's A Mystery of Heroism - Stephen Crane's A Mystery of Heroism Stephen Crane, an avant-garde writer of his time, forced his readers to look beyond his written words for a more underlined, meaningful moral in most of his stories. Crane follows a strict pattern in most of his work. His subject matter usually deals with the physical, emotional, and intellectual responses of ordinary people confronted by extraordinary, extreme experiences. Fairly common themes are presented in his writing, including fallen humanity and harsh realities; yet all seem to overlap in the category of heroism....   [tags: Stephen Crane Mystery Heroism Essays] 1314 words
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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....   [tags: Open Boat Stephen Crane Essays] 776 words
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Stephen Crane's The Open Boat - Stephen Crane's The Open Boat Humanity often tends to see itself as being somehow important in the grand scheme of the Universe. We speak of 'fate' as if we were put here for some reason, or purpose. We have our religions, which often serve as an engine to drive our lives and as a means to give meaning to them. But why do we think of ourselves in such a superior fashion. Do we really matter at all. Would the Universe stop if we were suddenly taken away. In his short story, 'The Open Boat,' Stephen Crane shows us a Universe totally unconcerned with the affairs of humankind; it is an indifferent Universe in which Man has to struggle to survive....   [tags: Stephen Crane Open Boat Essays Papers]
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Analysis of The Open Boat by Stephen Crane - Analysis of The Open Boat by Stephen Crane Story: “The Open Boat,” 1897 Author: Stephen Crane (1871-1900) Central Character: There is no real central character in this story. All the men on the boat are spoken about more or less equally and no prominent character jumps out at the reader as being the central character. Although more emphasis is put onto the correspondent, and Billie the oiler. Other Character: The cook: bails water from boat. Billie the oiler: steers and rows boat, is the only of the men that does not make it alive to land....   [tags: The Open Boat Stephen Crane Essays]
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Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage War forces young soldiers to grow up quickly. In Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, Henry Fleming is no exception. He is faced with the hard reality of war and this forces him to readjust his romantic beliefs about war. Through the novel, the reader can trace the growth and development of Henry through these four stages: (1) romanticizing war and the heroic role each soldier plays, (2) facing the realities of war, (3) lying to himself to maintain his self-importance, and (4) realistic awareness of his abilities and place in life....   [tags: Stephen Crane Red Badge Courage Essays]
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Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage      When reading the Red Badge of Courage, it is necessary to understand the symbolism that Stephen Crane has created throughout the whole book. Without understanding the true intent of color use, this book loses a meaningful interpretation that is needed to truly understand the main character, his feelings and actions. Crane uses very distinct colors in his text to represent various elements that the main character, Henry or “the youth”, is feeling along his adventure of enlisting into battle....   [tags: Stephen Crane Red Badge Courage Essays] 1234 words
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Stephen Crane's The Bride Comes To Yellow Sky - Stephen Crane's "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" Stephen Crane's "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," as well as his other Western stories, owe much to Mark Twain's approach to the West. According to Eric Solomon, "both authors…used humor to comment on the flaws of traditional fictional processes" (237). While employing parody of the Western literary tradition, Crane also uses realism to depict the influence of the East on the West. In "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," Stephen Crane uses symbolism to develop his study of the changes effected on the West and the roles of its inhabitants by the encroachment of eastern society....   [tags: Stephen Crane Bride Comes Yellow Sky]
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A Brief Biography on Stephen Crane - ... In 1897 he set sail for Cuba to report on Cuban revolutionaries; the boat that he was aboard ended up sinking. His firsthand experience led him to write The Open Boat. In this novel, he used vivid imaginary to explain what happened to a handful of men against the power of the indifferent but destructive sea (“Stephen Crane”). He was unable to get to Cuba so he set out for the Greco-Turkish War. He wanted to be a firsthand writer, to make his writings realistic. While trying to accomplish his goal for writing, Crane ended up getting sick....   [tags: novelist, poet, journalist, realism writer]
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War Is Kind by Stephen Crane - The irony is cruel and unpleasant. How a country who bases their laws off of peace often finds itself in war. In a few simple words, war is not kind, at least according to Stephen Crane. Crane is a poet who lived through the Spanish-American War. He has firsthand experience with warfare, which was what inspired him to write the poem “War is Kind”. All throughout the poem Crane uses many forms of literary devices to help fortify his argument on war but one literary device particularly accentuates his perception of war....   [tags: poem analysis]
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The Open Boat by Stephen Crane - “The Open Boat” is short tale of endurance, suffering, and redemption. The story focuses on four interesting sailors on a journey towards survival. They try their best to overcome the adversities of the water and raging storm. Crane focuses on the constant struggle of man’s immobility to control his own life. “The Open Boat” is a nonfictional fiction some call it. It typically is argued as only fiction, but many lean toward its nonfictional quality. Crane wrote the story based off his real life experience of a shipwreck he tragically endured....   [tags: suffering, redemption, oiler, sailors]
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The Open Boat by Stephen Crane - ... Additionally, the colors are so vivid that you visualize the movie of what is happening in the story because of this description. The narrator uses animal like characteristics to show that the waves were controlling the boat’s direction as opposed to the people steering the boat. He says, “as each wave came, and she rose for it, she seemed like a horse making at a fence outrageously high” (shorter seventh edition, 190) to illustrate that the ocean was trying to outrun the boat by making an obstacle for the boat to overcome....   [tags: relationship between man and nature] 993 words
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The Open Boat by Stephen Crane - In the story "The Open Boat," by Stephen Crane, Crane uses many literary techniques to convey the stories overall theme. The story is centered on four men: a cook, a correspondent, Billie, an oiler who is the only character named in the story, and a captain. They are stranded in a lifeboat in stormy seas just off the coast of Florida, just after their ship has sunk. Although they can eventually see the shore, the waves are so big that it is too dangerous to try to take the boat in to land. Instead, the men are forced to take the boat further out to sea, where the waves are not quite as big and dangerous....   [tags: Short Story Analysis, Writing Techniques]
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The Open Boat by Stephen Crane - “The Open Boat”” “From the first moment [sentence referencing “the sky”], … The Open Boat proceeds as a traditional sea journey to knowledge, and the knowledge it attains is equally as mysterious or religious as that envisioned in other great American sea journeys ---…” The “Open Boat” is a short story written by Stephen Crane (1871-1900). This story develops the tragic fate of the SS Commodore. This ship had for mission to transport ammunition for the Cuban rebels from Jacksonville, Florida to Cuba with his 28 Souls On Board....   [tags: Short Story Analysis]
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Stephen Crane's The Open Boat - Nature is its own being. It does not care how it affects people, nor does it care whether its actions are understood by man. Nature does not set out to purposely harm nor help anyone. In other words, it is not cruel or compassionate. It is simply its own indifferent being. Stephen Crane shows this in his short story, “The Open Boat”. Stephen Crane writes this story from a real life experience in which he too was stranded on a dinghy after being shipwrecked. Through this story, his feelings about nature are revealed (Spofford 1)....   [tags: nature's indifference, literary analysis]
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Stephen Crane and American Realism - If it was not for Stephen Crane and his visionary work than American Realism would not have taken hold of the United States during the eighteen hundreds. During the years following the Civil War America was a melting pot of many different writing styles. Many scholars argue that at this time there was still no definite American author or technique. Up to this point authors in the Americas simply copied techniques that were popular in regions of Europe. Stephen Crane came onto the scene with a very different approach to many of his contemporaries....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Stephen Crane's The Open Boat - “The Open Boat” was written by Stephen Crane in 1897. This is an extremely powerful short story fictionalized by one of Crane’s own experiences out at sea. He is able to use what has happened to him, and spice it up to turn his story into a fictional account everyone can relate to. The reasons this story is so powerful is because of the literary devices Crane uses throughout the story, especially symbolism. In “The Open Boat,” Crane uses the four main characters, the dinghy, the waves, and the sea-weed as symbols to produce a microcosm of society....   [tags: literary analysis, fiction novels]
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Stephen Crane's The Open Boat - Stephen Crane’s story, “The Open Boat”, retells a tragic event that actually occurred in his life. This story is told from a third person point-of-view. He chooses to let a narrator reveal the character’s emotions and inner thoughts. From this perspective, the reader can fully experience what happened during their struggle to survive. Crane wants the reader to connect with each individual character and feel their independent struggle as they work together to reach the shore alive. The narrator helps the reader to feel the despair of the freezing, drowning men and the pain of losing one of the “Brotherhood”....   [tags: Story, Personal Narrative, Literary Analysis]
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Stephen Crane's Maggie, A Girl of the Streets - Stephen Crane's Maggie, A Girl of the Streets Stephen Crane’s first novel Maggie (girl of the streets) is a tale of uncompromising realism. The story chronicles the titular Maggie, a girl who lives in the Bowery with her emotionally abusive parents and brothers Jimmie and Tommy. The novel revolves around the trials and tribulations of Maggie and her family in the Bowery. Highlights of the story include the death of Maggie’s father and brother Tommie which drive Pete to turn into a cold and hard person by novels end....   [tags: Realism Crane Maggie] 1525 words
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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane The first steps in war are the steps of overcoming the line of comfort by solving the self-centered beliefs that will break you in a battlefront. Once overcoming those selfish traits and believe in yourself, that is when one flourish on the battle field....   [tags: crane red badge courage] 880 words
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Stephen Crane and The Realist Time Period - “A man said to the universe: 'Sir, I exist!' 'However,' replied the universe. 'The fact has not created in me A sense of obligation.” (Stephen Crane Quotes). This quote is from Stephen Crane, one of America’s foremost Realistic Writers. Stephen Crane (1871-1900), is one of the most influential and top writers of the American Realism time period. The Realism time period lasted from 1865 and lasted until about 1910. For those engaged in serious literary circles, the period was full of upheaval. A literary civil war went on between the romantics and the realists and later, the naturalists....   [tags: spanish american war, cuba, civil war]
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The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane - In the novel of “The Red Badge of Courage”, the author, Stephen Crane used Henry Fleming to be his subject for how situational surrounding can affect one’s behaviors and characters. Throughout Crane’s novel, he managed to prove that war can have a big effect on people. he used protagonist, Henry Fleming, to support his belief of war thoroughly with details of battles, Henry’s actions during battles and the scenes of dead people. Stephen Crane wrote, “He imagined some strange voice would come from the dead throat and squawk after him in horrible menaces” (Crane 60)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Naturalism, Realism]
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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - Many of Stephen Crane’s passions in life strongly influenced his writing of The Red Badge of Courage, most predominately his obsession with war. The Red Badge of Courage, was Crane’s first book about war and arguably is most successful book. His book consisted of so many different styles of writing scholars did not know how to classify it. These styles of writing include realism, naturalism, symbolism, and impressionism. In fact many Civil War Veterans though Crane had fought in the Civil war himself....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Life Passions, Influences]
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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - ... He didn’t realize what the fighting entailed and he certainly was not prepared for it. Henry runs to hide and finds himself in places that he had no idea was there. At this point in the story, Henry feels that if he hadn’t run, he would have been killed. It was a kind of “run or be killed” mentality. Upon coming to a clearing, Henry goes into the clearing to try to make sure no one can see him. He comes upon a dead soldier and is astonished at what he sees. The dead soldier is sitting up against a tree and once Henry realizes what is there, he tries to get out as quickly as possible....   [tags: civil war, american society] 1823 words
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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - ... He really wonders if he is a chicken or not. He wanted to go into battle, that’s why he wanted to join the Army, but now he does not know. He was kidding last night when he asked Jim if any of the boys will run, but now it’s eating him alive. The men finally move out, which means to move as a company in one formation. Once they arrive at the new camp, Henry goes to lie in the grass and think. As he is laying there picking grass in self-pity, the tall soldier approaches. “Why, hello, Henry; is it you....   [tags: the change from boy to man] 1132 words
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The Badge of Red Courage by Stephen Crane - ... When Henry first joined the army, he questioned if he would run away or stay to fire at the enemy. “A little panic-fear grew in his mind. As his imagination went forward to a fight, he saw hideous possibilities. He contemplated the lurking menaces of the future, and failed in an effort to see himself standing stoutly in the midst of them. He recalled his visions of broken-bladed glory, but in the shadow of the impending tumult he suspected them to be impossible pictures (Crane 9-10). In this paragraph, he is describing about the images that he sees while thinking about going into battle that he might run away from it....   [tags: civil war, realism]
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Stephen Crane: The Literary Red Badge - ... This is due to his controversial writings. His first book, Maggie, involved so much realism and graphic material about a prostitute starving in the slums of New York City, that Crane couldn’t find a publisher, and published the book at his own cost. Of course, however, with that much controversy behind one of America’s greatest authors, leads to even more critical works upon his work. The critical work in particular I will be talking about is titled: Critical Insights: The Red Badge of Courage, and is by Patrick K....   [tags: critical insights] 857 words
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Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - The Red Badge of Courage, a remarkable novel written by Stephen Crane, vividly depicts the inner conflict between Henry Fleming and his own self – doubted soul. Henry romanticizes the view on war by thinking it as a thrill. However, his fantasy views of war are shattered when he actually faces the bloodshed and trauma of war. Battling his own self - doubt and the realities of war, Henry eventually realizes what true courage is and how much courage it takes to become a hero. Self – doubt prevents individuals from progressing in life due to a lack of confidence in one....   [tags: conflict, self, doubt]
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Stephen Crane's The Red Badge Of Courage - In The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane shows the growth of a young man, Henry, who is influenced by several other characters. The year was 1862 and it was the period of the Civil War. The story starts at night on a cold morning when the army was resting in their tents, bunks, and around the campfires. As Jim Conklin, who later becomes known as the tall soldier, washes his shirt at the river, he hears a rumor about the regiment. He rushes to tell his comrades that the regiment will move the next day....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Naturalisn In The Open Boat - In most traditional happy ending stories, there always appears to be evidence of supernaturalism. However, Stephen Crane leaves out all fairy tale elements and mystical creatures in his “The Open Boat”. Throughout the whole story, there are constant examples of the raw, realistic and indifferent parts of life. In Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat” naturalism is apparent through the use of language, literary techniques, and thematic elements. First of all, Crane’s use of language played a large part in the naturalistic feel of the story....   [tags: Stephen Crane] 965 words
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The Open Boat by Stephen Crane - The Open Boat by Stephen Crane “The Open Boat” Four men drift across a January sea in an open boat, since they lost their ship some time after dawn. Now, in the clear light of day, the men begin to grasp the full gravity of their situation. Realizing that their main conflict will be man versus nature, in this case, the raging sea. In the short story “The Open Boat,” Stephen Crane gives an itemized description of the two days spent on a ten-foot dinghy by four men a cook, a correspondent, which is Crane himself, the injured Captain and Billy Higgens, the oiler....   [tags: Papers] 579 words
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Influences on Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage - ... Instead of the fantastic portrayal of soldiers engaging in heroic acts of bravery, Crane tried to depict what the real soldier was actually dealing with in the war. Crane insisted that the only way in which Henry was able to find the courage to fight during the war was to overcome the mental obstacles. Henry Fleming constantly fought the idea of engaging in the war, which was very dangerous. He didn’t want to put his life at risk. However, Henry wanted to participate in the war to achieve what he wanted most, which was gaining respect from his fellow soldiers and honor....   [tags: honor, civil war, realism] 1460 words
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Blood on a Battlefield in A Mystery of Heroism by Stephen Crane - ... That man is just another dead body to everyone else. This shows the reality of war, violent and deadly and definitely not the pretty picture some paint it to be. Later on in the story, Crane also writes “a lieutenant of the battery rode down and passed them, holding his right arm carefully in his left hand. And it was as if his arm was not at all part of him, but belonged to another man.” This scenario adds to the authentic image of a battle scene where people are injured, killing, and dying....   [tags: human reaction, war] 562 words
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Analyzing Forms of Survival in The Open Boat by Stephen Crane - ... The correspondent struggled with the fact that he was dealt a bad hand concerning his current situation. It is definitely described as a flaw in his make-up (Higgins). The cook seems to be the sailor who keeps hope alive in the group. He also is endowed in fear. The cook’s strong persona of fear is a gift of strength but also a curse of fear as the boat slowly sinks (Crane 6). Fear seems to keep the cook surviving, and he survives at the end of the book. Like many people today the cook joy keeps him going as well....   [tags: sailor, vessel, waves]
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Stephen Crane’s “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets” - After the Civil War, realism became a dominant form of writing in the United States, with writers attempting to write about everyday life. After realism came naturalism, a form of writing similar to realism, but with more pessimism. One of the reasons for this pessimism stems from free will and the question of whether people possess it or not. In realism, it is definitely true, while in naturalism it seems less so, but the options are often less than ideal. Because choices do exist for characters, free will is still there, which indicates that naturalism is a derivative form of realism....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1288 words
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Human are Effortless Agaisnt Nature: Stephen Crane - A true man walks on earth as if he is an element that cannot be isolated from nature and its cycle.“These waves were most wrongfully and barbarously abrupt and tall, and each froth-top was a problem in small-boat navigation”(Crane 389). The last sentence in the first paragraph clearly illuminates the clear relationship between man vs nature. Being stuck aboard a life boat with four men in rough seas, is a clear example that nature is what dominates a this time. It doesn't matter if one is the captain or the other is the cook, they still are limitless against nature’s force....   [tags: universe, earth, survival] 784 words
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Loneliness, a theme in The Open Boat by Stephen Crane - ... Another symbol that is shown throughout the story is the symbol of hope. This is represented by several things; first, the lighthouse, then the house, then the man, and finally the star. Most of them are surrounded in darkness, as hopes often are in life, and seem very small. For example, when they described the lighthouse, they said, “It was precisely like the point of a pin. It took an anxious eye to find a light house so tiny.” Line 37. Also, the house which they thought was a lifesaving house was also small and shrouded in blackness; “A tiny house was blocked out black upon the sky.”line 61....   [tags: Literature, Analysis]
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Stephen Crane the Naturalist - Stephen Crane the Naturalist Stephen Crane (1871-1900), the naturalism, American writer. Stephen Crane was well known for his naturalist style during his time. Naturalism in literature was a philosophy used by writers to describe humans in regards to the influences and interactions within their own environments. The characters described in the naturalist literatures were usually in dire surroundings and often from the middle to lower classes. Despite their circumstances however, humans within the naturalist literature were able to eventually overcome their situations by some form of courage or heroism, which Crane found to be consistent in all of the cultures and settings he often s...   [tags: essays research papers] 2103 words
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The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - Standing out more than the other soldiers in his regiment Henry defines his bravery by many different points throughout his experiences. While Henry is just a boy, his self-image is shared very descriptively while Henry tells his mother that he is joining the army. His mother completely rejects his adult decisions of becoming a soldier, but his thoughts were like bricks that could not be moved. Assuring that Henry was not making any rash decisions that he would regret, his mother respects his ideas and allows him to pursue his goal....   [tags: battle, henry, soldiers]
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A Dark Brown Dog by Stephen Crane - Love and trust come to mind when thinking upon our relationships with one another. There are many types of these bonds whether it be between mother and child or owner and pet. The story of “A Dark Brown Dog”, is one take on how some relationships can leave us with a dark place in our heart. The story begins with a child standing on a street corner in the summer. When a dark brown dog, with a rope tied around his neck approaches him. The author gives no great detail to the setting of this story. Which leads the reader to believe that one must use their own view from the text and go from there....   [tags: relationships, story analysis]
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Stephen Crane - American novelist, poet, and short-story writer, b. Newark, N.J. Often designated the first modern American writer, Crane is ranked among the authors who introduced realism into American literature. The 14th child of a Methodist minister, he grew up in Port Jervis, N.Y., and briefly attended Lafayette College and Syracuse Univ. He moved to New York City in 1890 and for five years lived in poverty as a free-lance writer. His first novel, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893), a grimly realistic story of slum life, was unpopular but gained the young writer the friendship of Hamlin Garland and William Dean Howells....   [tags: essays research papers] 1685 words
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Stephen Crane - 	Stephen Crane was one of the United States foremost naturalists in the late 1800’s ("Stephen" n.p.). He depicted the human mind in a way that few others have been capable of doing while examining his own beliefs. Crane was so dedicated to his beliefs that one should write about only what they personally experience that he lived in a self-imposed poverty for part of his life to spur on his writings (Colvert, 12:108). Crane’s contribution to American Literature is larger than any one of his books or poems....   [tags: essays research papers] 682 words
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stephen crane - Stephen Crane was a forerunner of the realistic writers in America after the civil war. His style included the use of impressionism, symbolism, and irony which helped credit him with starting the beginning of modern American Naturalism. Crane’s most famous writing is his war novel The Red Badge of Courage. He is also known for the novel Maggie: A Girl of the Streets and short stories such as “The Open Boat” or “The Blue Hotel.” “Crane utilized his keen observations, as well as personal experiences, to achieve a narrative vividness and sense of immediacy matched by few American writers before him (5)....   [tags: essays research papers] 836 words
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A Walk Through Reality With Stephen Crane - A Walk Through Reality With Stephen Crane          Seeking and expressing the bare truth is often more difficult than writing stories of fiction.  This truth can be harsher to the reader than works of fiction;  it can make an author's desire to reveal the essence of society through characters the reader relates to risky and unpopular.  Stephen Crane wrote of ordinary people who face difficult circumstances that his readers could relate to (Seaman 148).  Crane sought to debunk the ideas that were inherent in nineteenth-century literature,  which depicted life in a more favorable, but often unrealistic, light.  In Crane's works, Dorothy Nyren Curley says, "There are no false steps, no exce...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Analysis of The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane - Analysis of The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane "The Blue Hotel" by Stephen Crane is a story about three travelers passing through Fort Romper, Nebraska. Pat Scully, the owner of the Palace Hotel, draws the men to his hotel that is near the train station. In the hotel the three men meet Johnnie, son of Scully, and agree to play a game of cards with him. During the game, the Swede declares Johnnie as a cheater; this gives rise to a fistfight between Johnnie and the Swede. The Swede wins the fight but leaves the hotel with a false sense of confidence....   [tags: Short Stories The Blue Hotel Essays] 579 words
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There Was a Child Went Forth and Do Not Weep, Maiden, for War Is Kind - ... The following example explains that, “ His development is shown objectively by interlinked patterns of space, colors, passing time, and social phenomena; subjectively by his developing cognitive powers” (Aspiz). A child’s personality is determined by the nurturing they received and the physical/mental attributes of their parents. Each person determines how they will raise their own children. Whitman moves from emotions to doubt and then into resolution to reassure all doubts. There are many people with different genders and races that make up the world....   [tags: Walt Whitman, Stephen Crane]
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Irony in the Red Badge of Courage - ... This is ironic because soon before it happened, Henry felt proud of himself for not running from the first battle. Also, Henry believes that he did the right thing by running and blames the soldiers that stayed and defeated the enemy for doing the wrong thing. He tried to justify his action by throwing a pine cone at a squirrel and watching it run away. Another ironic instance was when Henry went into the woods to find peace of mind spiritually. Soon after, he encounters a corpse of soldier getting destroyed by insects....   [tags: Stephen Crane novel]
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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets - Some people are made tough; others are born with a certain resilience that makes them less susceptible to being brought down by their surroundings or their predispositions. Stephen Crane’s character Maggie in his work Maggie: A Girl of the Streets is one of those unique few who has a little something extra in her being, some fiber that is stronger. Others in Maggie’s situation would likely fold under the pressure and succumb to what some might see as an inevitable destiny. Maggie, however, withstands great amounts of pressure and survives it for much longer than a weaker personality would....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Stephen Crane] 2653 words
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Stephen Crane "the Open Boat" - In Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," the four men underwent an experience in which they endured the forces of the sea that caused them to change their perception of nature and ultimately brought them to see the conflict between humanity and the natural world. In the beginning, faced with the restless sea, the four men felt that outside help existed somewhere. The cook was the most certain that they would be rescued. In his argument with the correspondent, the cook told him, "There is a house of refuge...and as soon as they see us they'll come off in their boat and pick us up" (NA, 358)....   [tags: American Literature] 498 words
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The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand and The Open Boat by Stephen Crane - ... Of course, if you go, Mr. Francon will take somebody else. People will talk about that. Everybody knows that Mr. Francon picks out the best boy from Stanton every year for his office. I wonder how it’ll look if some other boy gets the job. But I guess that doesn’t matter.”” (P.35). this quote shows collectivism by showing how “emotional” one can be about not being better than his/her peers around them. Ayn’s point of view on free will in this quote shown telling of how Peter Keating had a choice on whether to take Guy Francons job offer or go to the Beaux-Arts academy for architecture, even though his mother was pressuring him into taking the job for Francon....   [tags: free will, naturism, realism, collectivism] 859 words
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The Viewpoints of Stephen Crane and His Novel Maggie: A Girl on the Streets - ... Although he lost his position the following year, journalism remained a main principle of support towards his successful future. (“Stephen Crane Biography”) In the year 1893 the novella, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets was written and ready to be published. This became almost impossible due to publishers considering it too risky and didn't find it appropriate to be out for the public to read. Being only 22 years old, Crane financed the publication of the book himself. This 1893 edition was printed under the pseudonym Johnston Smith....   [tags: religious, reality, impurity, naturalism] 811 words
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Stephen Crane and His Undeniable Classic: The Red Badge of Courage - The Red Badge of Courage: An Episode of the American Civil War is unquestionably the best known novel that Stephen Crane ever wrote. This short novel was written in 1895 and was well received in the United Kingdom. After this novel was written, more and more people, and even the critics, began to view this novel as something more; even today many consider The Red Badge of Courage as a piece of classic literature. Crane wrote as “a realist, a naturalist, an impressionist, and a symbolist” (Kincheloe)....   [tags: Civil War, United States, War]
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Stephen Crane’s Portrayal of War in "A Mystery of Heroism”"and "War is Kind" - ... Here it is!’” (Crane 462). Although it petrifies him, he gives the solider a drink. He does not do this for a high moral principle, nor for nobility. Collins simply gives the solider a drink as an act of humanity, something that does not necessarily make him a hero. In the poem, due to Crane’s irony, the characters do not match the definition of heroism as well. Crane is dramatizing the civilian’s romanticizing of war. Through this he makes them to be ironic heroes. He refers to them as, “Little souls who thirst for fight,/These men were born to drill and die” (Crane 8-9)....   [tags: Irony, Horrendous]
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The Naturalist Movement: The Monster, and The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - “A man said to the universe: ‘Sir, I exist!’ ‘However’ replied the universe, ‘the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation’”~ Stephen Crane. Crane was the champion of the American naturalist movement. Following the Civil War, American authors had to adjust and react to the astounding amount of death that occurred. Authors began to write more realistic stories and started the Realism movement. The Realist authors who took the foundations a step farther created the Naturalists. Naturalists believed that humans were hopeless and that the world was against human nature....   [tags: Human Nature, War Stories]
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The Effectivness of Literary Techniques Used in Stephen Crane’s The Open Boat - ... They took turns rowing (their most dreaded but crucial task) until they spotted land, and a man. They argued for a while, about if help was coming or not, but the powerful sea kept them at work and eventually threw them off the boat into cold January water, forcing them to swim ashore. Despite consistent negative thoughts of drowning and analyzing the reason for their possible nearing death, the four men made it to shore with the help of an obliging passerby. The story ends with the call of the sea at night to the men, and the men feeling that they could interpret the sea’s voice....   [tags: organization, characters, imagery] 851 words
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Wrapping My Mind Around Stephen Crane’s Mind - Most authors, regardless of capability, tend to have certain themes appear throughout their different pieces of writing. An author remains the same person after each book, and that person likely feels the same way about many things, so there is certainly a chance to see themes pop up multiple times throughout the works that they have written. For example, Stephen Crane had many recurring themes within his writing. He was always focused on certain themes because his writing style revolved around these themes....   [tags: Authors]
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Analysis of Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is King by Stephen Crane - Stephen Crane uses several different poetic and stylistic devices in his lyrical organic poem, “Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind”. For instance, the structure of the poem is made up of five stanzas. The purpose of the poem is to explain to readers the horror and distraction that comes with war. “These men where born to drill and die”-Lines 19. War also comes between families and loved, ones tearing them apart. “Mother.../... shroud of your son”-23-24. Dominant devices prevailing in the poem are tone/mood, diction, imagery, and sound devices....   [tags: horror, distracton, war, families, mood] 895 words
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Stephen Crane's The Open Boat and Jack London's To Build A Fire - Stephen Crane's The Open Boat and Jack London's To Build A Fire Stephen Crane’s short story, “The Open Boat” speaks directly to Jack London’s own story, “To Build A Fire” in their applications of naturalism and views on humanity. Both writers are pessimistic in their views of humanity and are acutely aware of the natural world. The representations of their characters show humans who believe that they are strong and can ably survive, but these characters many times overestimate themselves which can lead to an understanding of their own mortality as they face down death....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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The Arrogance of Man in Stephen Crane’s Short Story, The Open Boat - ... The crew gets more cheerful as the approach land, and become optimistic at the thought of a possible life-saving station being nearby the lighthouse. After being unable to reach shore due to the rough seas, the men’s optimism evaporates as they realize help won’t be coming. Night falls, and they return to the business of keeping their boat afloat. When morning comes, the captain suggests that they try again for shore before they become too tired. The boat capsizes in their attempts to reach shore due to rough seas, so the men must try to swim to shore....   [tags: survival, nature, nurture] 1120 words
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Relishing the Ambrosia of Hope in Stephen Crane´s Bowery in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets - ... This force eats their hope and corrupts the innocence and life of its prey. Chastity is unable to survive in the Bowery because the culture of diminishing in the value of life and purity is a cyclical perspective. Their surroundings ensure that every inhabitant holds these views. These people live in a “dark region where, from… careening [buildings], a dozen gruesome doorways [give] up loads of babies to the street and the gutter” (Crane 5). Before birth, depreciation in the worth of virtue surrounds these people....   [tags: addictions, desperation, culture, victims] 3392 words
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The Open Boat - “When it came night, the white waves passed to and fro in the moonlight, and the wind brought the sound of the great sea’s voice to the men on the shore, and they felt they could then be interpreters” (Crane 370). “The Open Boat,” written by Stephen Crane, describes the journey of four men stranded in a dinghy in the middle of the ocean and the hardships that had to be faced in order to survive. This story is not only a riveting story, keeping readers on the edge of their seat, but the story also makes the reader realize how precious life truly is....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Stephen Crane] 2637 words
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Analysis of Stephen Crane's, Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets - Analysis of Stephen Crane's, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Today in modern America, it has become almost impossible to avoid the tales of horror that surround us almost anywhere we go. Scandals, murders, theft, corruption, extortion, abuse, prostitution, all common occurrences in this day in age. A hundred years ago however, people did not see the world in quite such an open manner despite the fact that in many ways, similarities were abundant. People’s lives were, in their views, free of all evil and pollution....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets]
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Maggie a Girl of the Streets - ... Maggie’s family believes that Pete ruined her and that she has “gone to deh devil (16).” Maggie’s unfortunate circumstances continue to get worse when Pete abandons her to be with Nellie, a scheming woman with a veneer of sophistication. In an attempt to escape the horrors of her life, Maggie became so dependent on Pete and believed that he would never leave her, that when he did, she became emotionally distraught, and her life was destroyed. To cope with the difficulties that she is facing, she tries to return home, but she is rejected by her family....   [tags: Stephen Crane novella, story analysis] 985 words
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Naturalism in Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets - Naturalism in Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Stephen Crane's interpretations of life are spawned from his own opinions of the world. These opinions correspond with naturalistic train of thought. He makes use of an observation technique to show the natural law of the universe: One can either accept the laws determining social order or become their victim. In the Novella, Maggie is used as a medium to paint the picture of the devastating consequences that befall one who attempts to violate this unspoken law, breaching the social and economic boundaries set upon them at birth....   [tags: Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets]
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The Correspondent as Spokesperson and Mediator in Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat" - The Correspondent: the Spokesperson and the Mediator in Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat” Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat” has long been acclaimed as a fascinating exemplar of Naturalism, generating many studies that range from the indifference of Nature to the “psychological growth of the men through the experience” (466). The psychological growth happens to every man on the boat, yet is mostly depicted through the voice of the Correspondent and in the form of his questioning and contemplating their desperate situation....   [tags: American Literature] 825 words
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Symbolism and Devices in Stephen Crane's The Open Boat - An Examination of Symbolism and Devices in The Open Boat     The struggle for survival by mankind can be found in many different settings.  It can be seen on a battlefield, a hospital room or at sea as related in “The Open Boat”, written in 1897 by Stephen Crane.  The story is based on his actual experiences when he survived the sinking of the SS Commodore off the coast of Florida in early 1897.  “The Open Boat” is Stephen Crane’s account of life and death at sea told through the use of themes and devices to emphasize the indifference of nature to man’s struggles and the development of mankind’s compassion....   [tags: Open Boat Essays]
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Heroism in Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage - Heroism in Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage        The world of Stephen Crane's fiction is a cruel, lonely place. Man's environment shows no sympathy or concern for man; in the midst of a battle in The Red Badge of Courage "Nature had gone tranquilly on with her golden process in the midst of so much devilment" (89). Crane frequently anthropomorphizes the natural world and turns it into an agent actively working against the survival of man. From the beginning of "The Open Boat" the waves are seen as "wrongfully and barbarously abrupt and tall" (225) as if the waves themselves had murderous intent....   [tags: Red Badge Courage Essays]
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Stephen Crane and His Unique Choice of Subjects - Stephen Crane Stephen Crane was born on November 1, 1871 in New Jersey. Crane became a writer at the age of twenty-one and died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight. Crane’s sister, Agnes, raised him and tutored him. She eventually became a schoolteacher. His parents were very religious and his father had an essay published in an 1869 issue of Popular Amusements. Crane “felt himself unworthy of his father because he fell short of his father’s moral principles and his nobility of spiritual outlook.”He studied poverty, war, and life and death struggle....   [tags: essays research papers] 1257 words
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Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage as Bildungsroman - Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage as Bildungsroman           In the Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane, the main character Henry Fleming joins the army as a young fledging and ultimately matures to a courageous soldier ready for battle. The Red Badge of Courage is considered a Bildungsroman since the reader traces Henry’s development morally, psychologically, and intellectually. Henry progresses from a feared youth who in the course of a couple of days, in the line of fire, has crossed the threshold to manhood....   [tags: The Red Badge of Courage]
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Symbolism in The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - The Red Badge of Courage The Red Badge of Courage, by Steven Crane, has been proclaimed one of the greatest war novels of all time. It is a story that realistically depicts the American Civil War through the eyes of Henry Fleming, an ordinary farm boy who decides to become a soldier. Henry, who is fighting for the Union, is very determined to become a hero, and the story depicts Henrys voyage from being a young coward, to a brave man. This voyage is the classic trip from innocence to experience....   [tags: essays research papers] 631 words
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Adolescence in Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane - Adolescence in Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane Adolescence brings about many changes as a youth becomes an adult. For many people this passage is either tedious and painful or simple and barely noticeable. The anguish and torture that is usually associated with rites of passage and growing up is visible is Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage. Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, the novel reveals how the atrocities of war precipitate emotional growth and maturity, as well as acts dignity, individualism, and, of course, courage....   [tags: Red Badge of Courage] 909 words
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War: The Great Equalizer - Humankind has constantly been at war. From fighting over land, riches, or power to fighting for “more complex” or “more honorable” ideals such as freedom or equality, man has never had a lack of things to fight over. It is almost as if it is something innate, born and passed through generations. It has great consequences – both for the people fighting and for the civilians who watch their countries descend into turmoil – and yet, it is seen as a necessary evil. In The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane weaves a tapestry of war themes using interlacing threads of personification, metaphor, and color symbolism and imagery to depict war’s dehumanization of man as Henry Fleming discards his you...   [tags: Stephen Crane, Red Bagde of Courage]
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"Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser and Stephen Crane´s "The Open Boat," Examples of American Naturalist Literature - ... The writers who use naturalism show that nature is uncaring of human life, the universe seems to have no order, man will look for signs in the universe, and man seems to have no real purpose in nature. Stephen Crane brings his story, “The Open Boat,” to life by using all four characteristics. In his descriptions of the sea, Crane portrays nature as uncaring, unforgiving, and relentless. During the story, he states, "A singular disadvantage of the sea lies in the fact that after successfully surmounting one wave you discover that there is another behind it just as important and just as nervously anxious to do something effective in the way of swamping boats." The sea refuses to relent in...   [tags: Realism, Status, Authors] 952 words
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Man and the Vain Struggle Against Nature & Himself: Determinism in Stephen Crane’s The Open Boat - Stephen Crane’s short story, “The Open Boat,” conveys the experiences of four men who survive a shipwreck and find themselves set afloat on a life boat in the middle of the ocean. On the surface, the story paints a picture of the perils of being lost at sea and of the way that four men can come together in a time of distress and count on one another for strength and companionship. However, the story also discusses the theme of determinism, or the ideas that there are forces acting upon an individual, that these forces are beyond the control of the individual, and that these forces impact and shape the lives of those on whom they are exerted....   [tags: shipwreck, life, boat, ocean] 1805 words
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War Changes Henry in Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage - War Changes Henry in Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage There have been many great war stories; one is The Red Badge of Courage (1895) written by Stephen Crane. This book is circled around Henry Fleming, a young man who wants to join the Union Army during the Civil War. The Civil War has been a great subject for many books, as it was a great changing point in American History that lasted for 4 years. The story is written about Henry Fleming, who wanted to join the Union Army for a long time, but his mother didn't want him to....   [tags: Red Badge Courage Essays] 528 words
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Inevitability of Change in Stephen Crane's The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky - Inevitability of Change in Stephen Crane's The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Humans are creatures of habit. In his work "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," Stephen Crane considers this apparent truism as well as its sometimes unfortunate consequences. In the story, Scratchy Wilson and Jack Potter face a dramatically changing society. Although their actions and emotions concerning the changes in their town differ, Scratchy and Potter are both very fearful of the inescapable easternizing influences. Through Scratchy and Potter's embracing of the Old West, their responses to the East, and their optimism, Stephen Crane illustrates that whether attachment or resistance exists, change is inevitable....   [tags: bride comes yellow sky] 1051 words
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The Many Meanings of Stephen Crane's The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky - The Many Meanings of The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Stephen Crane's "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" is a tale about a town sheriff, Jack Potter, who is returning home from a trip where he has married. Jack returns shamefully with his new wife of little worldly experience. The town of Yellow Sky knows Jack as the fearless Marshal who is never afraid to stare down the barrel of a gun. Jack's return to Yellow Sky happens to be at a time when the town drunk, Scratchy Wilson, is looking for a gunfight....   [tags: bride comes yellow sky]
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Expectations versus Reality in Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage - Expectations versus Reality in Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage The notion that war is an exciting, romantic endeavor full of glory and heroism has existed for centuries.  Stephen Crane set out to demystify war through his novel The Red Badge of Courage, which traces the experiences of a young soldier in the American Civil War. Crane shows the true nature of war by contrasting Henry Fleming's romantic expectations with the reality that he encounters. This contrast between romantic vision and cold reality can be seen early in the novel, with Henry's departure from home....   [tags: Red Badge Courage Essays]
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Stephen Crane and Walt Whitman: The Natural and the Language of Social Protest - Stephen Crane and Walt Whitman: The Natural and the Language of Social Protest        Though in his short life Stephen Crane was never a soldier, his novel The Red Badge of Courage was commended by Civil War veterans as well as veterans from more recent wars not only for its historical accuracy but its ability to capture the psychological evolution of those on the field of battle (Heizberg xvi). Walt Whitman, on the other hand, served as a field medic during the Civil War. He was exposed perhaps to the most gruesome aspect of the war on a daily basis: the primitive medical techniques, the wounded, the diseased, the dying and the dead....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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