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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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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....   [tags: Open Boat Essays]
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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....   [tags: Open Boat Essays]
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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)....   [tags: Open Boat Essays]
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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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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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Relationship between the Individual and Nature in The Open Boat - Relationship between the Individual and Nature in "The Open Boat"         From the beginning, the four characters in the aftermath of a shipwreck do not know "the colour of the sky" but all of them know "the colours of the sea."  This opening strongly suggests the symbolic situations in which human beings are located in the universe.  The sky personifies the mysterious, inconceivable cause of reality , which humans cannot understand, and the sea symbolizes the earthy, mundane phenomenon, which humans are supposed to perceive.  The symbolic picture generated by the above conflict implies the overall relationship between the individual and nature.   In fact, the daily life of human beings is at the mercy of the uncontrollable waves of the sea; while, at the same time, the essential part of reality remains unknown to feeble, helpless humans....   [tags: Open Boat Essays] 553 words
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Open Boat - "The Open Boat," by Stephen Crane, has been critiqued and deconstructed by many thinkers. One such critique is "The Dialogic Narrative of `The Open Boat'." This critique on Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat," was written by two authors: Sura P. Rath and Mary Neff Shaw. The authors focused on a five main points in the duration of this Critique. First Mikail Baktin's theory of the "Five basic types of discourses," are discussed and used in the deconstruction of "The Open Boat." The critique then delves into the use of first-person actor-character to third person spectator-narrator....   [tags: American Literature] 543 words
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The Open Boat - ... His role while in the dinghy was to rid out the water in the bottom of the boat. He mentioned the fact that there was a house of refuge north of them by the Mosquito Inlet Light. He believed that as soon as the people saw the dinghy, they would come in a boat to rescue them. The correspondent and the Oiler argued about whether the house of refuge was actually a house of refuge or a life-saving station. The cook also kept thinking about food and envisioned eating food while on land. As mentioned earlier, this story took place on a dinghy in the ocean near the coast of Florida....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Stephen Crane] 2637 words
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The Open Boat - The Open Boat is a particularly interesting story because of the great detail that author extends and because of the solitary reflections of the characters in consideration of their demise. The story possesses amazingly vivid description. This attention to detail affords the reader the greatest degree of reading pleasure. Crane paints such glorious images in reader's mind with his eloquence. "The morning appeared finally, in its splendor, with a sky of pure blue, and the sunlight flamed on the tips of waves"(387)....   [tags: essays research papers] 379 words
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Open Boat - Throughout my reading I have found that Crane uses many symbolic objects to depict true-life events. He uses symbols such as towers, animals, and waves. Crane leaves so much to the reader’s imagination that the story can be considered magical and mysterious. The composition leaves many details up to the readers inference, however after further research a full picture to the events that transpired that cold January are uncovered. “The Open Boat,” is very rich in symbolism. Symbolism evokes or describes ideas and feelings through the use of symbolic images....   [tags: essays research papers] 1122 words
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The Open Boat - Open Boat Symbolism allows writers to suggest their ideas within a piece of literature. This is found in most types of writing. Stephen Crane expresses this in his short story, The Open Boat. Through symbolism and allegory, it is demonstrated that humans live in a universe that is unconcerned with them. The characters in the story come face to face with this indifference and are nearly overcome by Nature’s lack of concern. This is established in the opening scenes, the “seven mad gods” and in the realization of the dying soldier....   [tags: essays research papers] 577 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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Open Boat, A Review - Stephen Crane's Open Boat is a story about survival: a story about struggling to survive in a very hostile world. The story is a question of man's relationship to the world of nature that is completely overpowering. The four main characters were stuck in a ten-foot dingey. Being in a small dingey at a very doomed situation is the worst of all the worst scenarios; riding in a very small craft in turbulent waters is obviously a suicide. But what can they do. They have no choice. They have to stay alive....   [tags: Book Reviews] 328 words
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The Theme of Community in the Open Boat - Stephen Crane's Theme of Community Stephen Crane is well known in the literary world for his many underlying themes. In Stephan Crane's "The Open Boat," one of the many themes that can be seen is that of community. He brings to life the importance of the each individual's role in the group setting. Crane uses a dire situation in which men's lives are in the hands of each other to show that without group togetherness no one would make it. He shows the group being given false hopes from outside forces but, how in the end the group must band together for survival and not rely on anything but themselves....   [tags: American Literature Stephan Crane]
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The Open Boat: Crane's View of Naturalism - To define one's purpose is at the very least human nature and at the very most the meaning of life. Humans seek the significance of existence and try to define it in many ways. There are thousands of religions and countless seminars to help people discover the point of human existence. The idea that we may all be irrelevant in the grand scheme of life or to the universe is not a popular position. In his short story "The Open Boat" Stephen Crane shows a universe that is unconcerned with the struggles of four men within a small boat lost at sea....   [tags: American Literature]
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Pursuit of Knowledge in Inferno and The Open Boat - Pursuit of Knowledge in Inferno and The Open Boat It is inherent for man to want to understand more about himself and the universe in which he lives. Galilio Galilei stated, "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." However, the pursuit of knowledge has not been easy, for man has endured several obstacles, whether willingly or by chance as presented in Genesis, Dante's "Inferno," and Stephen Crane's "The Open Boat." Since his creation, man has encountered obstacles in his pursuit of knowledge....   [tags: Divine Comedy Inferno Essays] 630 words
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Open Boat vs. Hurricane Hugo - Humanity tends to see itself as being somewhat 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. 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: essays research papers fc]
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Man and Nature in The Blue Hotel and The Open Boat - Man and Nature in The Blue Hotel and The Open Boat      Stephen Crane uses a massive, ominous stove, sprawled out in a tiny room and burning with "god-like violence," as a principal metaphor to communicate his interpretation of the world. Full of nearly restrained energy, the torrid stove is a symbol of the burning, potentially eruptive earth to which humans "cling" and of which they are a part. As a literary naturalist, Crane interpreted reality from a Darwinian perspective, and saw the earth driven by adamant natural laws, violent and powerful laws which are often hostile to humans and their societies, and he conceived of humans as accidents, inhabiting a harsh, irrational, dangerous world....   [tags: Blue Hotel Essays]
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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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Choices and Responsibility in London's To Build a Fire and Crane's The Open Boat - Choices and Responsibility in London's To Build a Fire and Crane's The Open Boat Naturalism portrays humans' control over their actions and fate as limited and determined by the natural world, including their very humanity. The freedom described by Jean-Paul Sartre results in all individuals having the ability to make present choices independently. Despite the fatalism illustrated in naturalism, the characters in London's 'To Build a Fire' and Crane's 'The Open Boat' are ultimately responsible for their choices and consequences of their choices....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Stephen Crane's The Open Boat and Jack London's To Build A Fire - ... In the same way, Jack London’s men fight, as heroes, against surrounding forces. But here we find a curious ambiguity. For London depicts antagonists fighting to overcome the causative universe and to affirm beliefs not possible within the dialectics of that universe” (112). With this, Gurian is asserting that nature can be classified into different types of “forces”. There is the natural force, which is what humans have a general understanding of, such as water freezing at a certain temperature and the same goes for water boiling, etc....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Forces in a Rolling Boat - Every boat has a degree of roll from which she can no longer recover. Two forces are locked in combat for a ship about to capsize: the downward push of gravity and the upward lift of buoyancy. Gravity is combined with the weight of the vessel and everything in board-crew, cargo, fishing gear- seeking the center of the earth. Buoyancy is the force of all the enclosed air in the hull trying to rise above water level. On a evenly balanced and stable ship, these two forces are equal and cancel out each other, but all of this changes when a boat gets shoved over her side....   [tags: Physics Boating] 385 words
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Bumper Boat Fiasco - Bumper boats are stupid. Or so I thought. A complete waste of time and money. Seriously, who wants to buzz around in a poorly constructed piece of scrap metal surrounded by rubber for clueless little children. These were my thoughts until one of the weirdest and most hilarious events occurred a few summers ago. Then my opinion of bumper boats immediately changed. It was the summer of 2006 in late July after my sixth grade year at Harrold Middle School. My parents surprised my brothers and me by telling us that our family, including my grandparents and aunt’s family, would be traveling to Cook Forest in Clarion, PA....   [tags: Personal Experience] 1259 words
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Sinking Boat Saves the Day  - Sinking Boat Saves the Day Andrew and Ollie are two sixteen year old boys, it is their summer holidays at the moment; and they have been enjoying it to the limits in the small town of Polperro where they live on the southern Cornish coast. They had spent the majority of the summer out at sea in Andrews’s dads’ motor boat catching mackerel. But it all had to stop one week because of the typical English weather- there had been severe storms in Cornwall, and the sea has been extremely rough....   [tags: Papers] 1366 words
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Realization in "the Open Boat" - "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane is a factual account of his adventures at sea, or as he declares, "the Experience of Four Men from the Sunk Steamer COMMODORE" (48). He and three other men--the ship's captain, oiler, and cook--escape the sinking steamer in a small dinghy, and spend thirty wretched hours on the rough sea before reaching the Florida coast. Despite undergoing these events firsthand, Crane narrates the story in third person, indicating his presence in the dinghy through the character of the correspondent....   [tags: American Literature] 1462 words
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Facing the Winds of the Open Sea - Thump thump. I have been repeating back handsprings nonstop for thirty minutes, putting continuous pressure on my wrists, yet my body felt that I could recap these efforts for hours on end. The feeling of delight was monumental and dulled the splintering impulses my nerves were sending; after months of practice to obtain my back handspring, the day was finally here and I was overcome with ecstasy. I threw myself backwards to make myself comprehend that this was not a dream, much like pinching oneself....   [tags: Personal Ambition] 652 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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Physics of Self Bailing Boats and How I Built One - The Basic Principle behind a Self Bailing Boat Actually the idea is quite simple really, it consists of a floor above the hull with open drain plugs in the rear of the boat and above the water line. By this simple method as water comes in to the boat it will drain right out of the back. If too much weight is in the boat then water will simply come in through the drain holes. This is no worry to me because I can always just put some plugs in the drain holes when carrying a heavy load. I made the decision to build the aluminum skiff 17ft long and strong enough to hold an outboard motor with a mass of 141kg (approx....   [tags: physics boat boating ship] 733 words
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Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness - Heart of Darkness Setting: The author placed the novel’s setting on a stream boat on a river near London. "The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest" (1). Then the narrator tells his story in a flash back which he tells about Marlow’s experiences in the African jungle specifically on the Congo river. The majority of the story is told in flash back about the voyage in to the heart of darkness. Characters: The central character is obviously Marlow....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1215 words
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The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge Part 1 a old man stops one man out of three that were walking down the street to go to a wedding the man is a relation of the married the man tries to get away but the old man grabs the man with his skinny hand the man is held there by the glitter of the old man's eye the man is listening intently "Like a three years' child" the old man has the man's attention the wedding guest sat down on a stone the mariner went on with his story the boat was anchored by a kirk KIRK- church EFTSOONS - unhand me ship was sailing south because sun came up on the left side of the boat they sailed closer to the equator every day because the sun came overhead MINSTRIL - musicians the bride has started to walk down the isle and the music is playing the old man carries on there was a storm at the equator the storm drove them to the south pole the storm was very strong they went through mist and then it started to snow it became very cold they went by very large chunks of ice floating through the water (icebergs) there was nothing but ice and snow and there was no animals, just ice an albatross flew over after a few days the men were happy to see it because they needed hope the men fed it the ice broke in front of the boat and then they sailed through the ice to safety a good south wind helped them sail north the bird followed them KEN - know something NE'ER - never VESPERS -days the bird stayed with them for nine days the ancient mariner shot the albatross with his cross bow HOLLOW - called albatross PART II burst of sea - ship wake there was no more bird following the boat (the felt alone again) they ran out of food the people on the boat cursed at the mariner for killing their omen of good luck the wind had stopped Gods own head - sun averred - swear, agree to they thought that the bird had brought the fog because the fog had cleared after the bird died the breeze stopped and the boat stopped the sky was clear and it was very hot they were at the equator because the sun at noon was above the mast they stayed there for a few days without wind it was like they were a painting "Water, water, everywhere," they could not see anything except the water "Nor any drop to drink." there was no more water to drink the water was churning a spirit had followed them from 9 fathom deep-6 feet deep under the boat no one could talk because their tongues had swollen, because of the drought the people tied the albatross around the neck of the mariner PART III after quite a while the mariner saw something in the distance tack and veer - take advantage of a side wind the mariner bit his arm and drank blood to tell that there was a boat coming there was no wind or tide but the boat still moved there are two people on the boat the man is the grim reaper the woman is life in death the ship was only a skeleton of a ship the two played dice for the crew life in death won there was no sunset but from light to sudden dark each of the men on the boat died and cursed the mariner with open eyes 200 men died one by one in a sudden thump the mariner watches the men's souls leave their bodies they all went by the mariner like arrows from his crossbow PART IV the wedding guest is afraid that the mariner is a spirit and becomes scared the mariner tells him that he was the only one to survive the mariner was all alone on the ship "a thousand thousand slimy things" maggots that are eating the bodies the mariner really feels alone when he cannot pray the flesh fell from the bones "cold sweat melted from their limbs," they did not rot or smell bad they still stared at him the mariner lived for seven days and nights after the men died and he could still not die the things on top of the water made the mariner feel like he was no longer alone "O happy living things!" the mariner blessed the living things at that same moment the mariner could pray because he felt that someone was listening to him the albatross fell off his neck and sunk into the sea PART V the mariner could finally sleep he thinks that Mary sent him sleep from the heavens he had a dream that dew was coming down it started to rain in buckets he drank more than he thought he could and he still continued to drink the wind started to roar the wind did not come very close but close enough to shake the sails and make the boat move he could see the moon at the edge of the cloud that gave him wind and rain lightning fell straight down the dead men gave a groan the dead rose and started to walk on the deck the helmsman steered and the rest worked the ropes the body of his brother's son stood by the mariner the mariner wanted to help him with the rope but the boy would not let him the wedding guest is scared of the mariner again This was a way to forgive the mariner for killing the bird the men died later in the morning around the mast birds filled the air and were singing the spirit made the ship move the sound of the sails were "pleasant" there was no wind but the boat kept on moving the wind stopped moving at noon and the boat also stopped the boat moved back and forth in the water the boat moved quickly and then the blood went into his head and the mariner was knocked out he doesn't know how long he was there but he woke up hearing two voices the one man loved both the albatross and the man who shot the bird they agree that the mariner has paid his penance but he should continue to do so....   [tags: Samuel Taylor Coleridge] 1308 words
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Conquering of Fear - Conquering of Fear For as long as I could remember I have had a chronic fear of crashes at high speeds and that my best friend Joseph has never feared anything. He would jump off the Eiffel Tower if he got the chance. On the day that I would finally conquer my fear I was in the back seat of Joseph’s uncle’s Ford Expedition with the whole seat to myself. If I were to turn my head around I would see the large speeder boat the car was pulling behind it. We were on our way to the Delta Marina. Our plan was to go tubing in the water....   [tags: Personal Narratives] 1141 words
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Our Last Ride- Personal Narrative - Our Last Ride- Personal Narrative It was a beautiful summer’s day. The sun hung directly overhead, blazing down fiercely on us. I lounged back across the gleaming trampoline of my boat, a Hoby 365. Around me Jamie and Steve lay too, taking in the impressive scene. There was not a cloud in the sky and the sea was passive and serene. The air blew gently past in a warm breeze. It smelt of the sea, yet more like a seafood salad then the wretch of a fishmonger. In the distance, seabirds squawked and the sound of porpoises could be heard....   [tags: Papers] 623 words
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Naturalism and Realism - ... This use of diction is another component common in the prose of realists. Ambrose Bierce, who shared similar ideals with the aforementioned and eminent Mark Twain, demonstrates his beliefs in “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” This story focused on a mediocre middle class person to act as the protagonist. As Bierce explains, “The man who was engaged in being hanged was apparently about thirty-five years of age. He was a civilian, if one might judge from his habit, which was a planter.” An attention to specific details is given especially in Part I when the setting is being described....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Philosophy] 1301 words
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Pros and Cons of Homeowner Associations - ... . THE LAWYERS who make money off of them. HOA’s do not protect property values. They actually can threat the value. If you miss a few HOA payments, the Association can put a lien on your property. HOA’s are required by law to have a cash reserve amount of money set aside for emergencies and are liable for making up any short comings, which will be done by increasing the neighborhoods fees with no increase benefits. State government agencies should investigate and have control when abuses are reported against property owners before a lien is put on a property....   [tags: Real Estate] 1269 words
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Chapter 64 - The Funeral - ... They waded out into ankle deep water as they gently lay their burden into the boat. The four looked to Cannon, who nodded. Three of the men climbed into the wagon: one of them took the lead rope, and began the walk back to the city. O’Frell felt the sun on his shoulders, and turned to look back. He noticed that behind them, two sandy hills, dotted with green, rose above the flat of Alexandria. He was momentarily distracted by the calls of the seabirds that sailed high above the hills, and glided down into the bay....   [tags: Fictional Writing ] 1043 words
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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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The Moment - Original Writing - The Moment - Original Writing Slosh, splash, the waves swept against the hull of the boat. It was a quiet morning, the sun stood bright in the sky. The sky was empty; it was just a beautiful pale blue with the sun glaring down on the water. There was no sight of land. All that was visible was the deep blue ocean that surrounded the boat. There was a high-pitched clang as the diver entered the steel cage, which would protect him against the sharks he had come to appreciate. You could feel the tension in the air....   [tags: Papers] 534 words
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Funerals of Kings - ... The pyre is like the boat in the first funeral the boat is built ornately and to stand the test of time. The pyre is built to be tall and strong very similar to the boat. “hung with helmets, heavy war-shields / and shining armor, just as he had ordered.” (Beowulf 3139-3140) All of this armor was taken out of the lair of the dragon the same creature that dealt Beowulf his fatal blow. Both funerals mourned for their rulers passing “mourning their loss.” (Beowulf 50) Shields funeral only had a small amount of mourning in it as seen in the passage before this....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Beowulf] 1035 words
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The Hero’s Journey in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now - The Hero’s Journey in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now The hero’s journey in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” begins in the known natural world. The hero in Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece is Captain Willard. A call to adventure arouses when Willard is sent for to report to the general in command to receive his mission. Willard is informed of a renegade Colonel by the name of Kurtz, who has assembled his own followers and army. Kurtz left and disappeared from the Army and is killing American soldiers that come into his turf....   [tags: Francis Ford Coppola Apocalypse Now] 502 words
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Tulips - How to Listen I am going to cock my head tonight like a dog in front of McGlinchy's Tavern on Locust; I am going to stand beside the man who works all day combing his thatch of gray hair corkscrewed in every direction. I am going to pay attention to our lives unraveling between the forks of his fine-tooth comb. For once, we won't talk about the end of the world or Vietnam or his exquisite paper shoes. For once, I am going to ignore the profanity and the dancing and the jukebox so I can hear his head crackle beneath the sky's stretch of faint stars....   [tags: essays research papers] 454 words
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