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The Open Boat By Stephen Crane

- ... She cannot drown me. Not after all this work” (207). Explaining the characters’ need to think in these terms, Hilfer writes, “It is too unbearable for them to envision their predicament as mere accident, so they turn to a mythicized deity” (250). This “mythicized deity” is referred to as Nature, Fate, and “the seven mad gods who rule the sea,” but it could really be called by any name, because it is a fictional thing that the men feel they have to believe in, just so their struggle feels like it has a point....   [tags: The Open Boat, Stephen Crane, Man]

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Analysis Of Stephen Crane 's ' The Open Boat '

- ... Here Crane tells us that we are not masters of our own destiny; even powerful men are humbled by fate. The cook is depicted as somewhat lacking in seamanship skills and it is vaguely mentioned that he helped with the rowing. His knowledge of the area was challenged by the correspondent- a man not of the sea. These men reflect society at large with its caste system; those of the lower strata deemed secondary and unknowing. Naturalist writing featured characters surviving in far grittier surroundings, often in a universe indifferent to human suffering (Crane, London)....   [tags: The Open Boat, Stephen Crane, Nature]

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The Open Boat By Stephen Crane

- ... In the story, when the men float on the sea, the cook claims that there is a “life-saving station” or a “house of refuge” nearby, and if they get close enough they will be rescued by the crew in the life-saving station. “The cook had said: “There’s a house of refuge just north of the Mosquito Inlet Light, and as soon as they see us they’ll come off in their boat and pick us up” (104). Then they make their way to a lighthouse which they think they will be rescued. After they arrive, the house and waiting for a while, they realize there’s no one there, so they begrudgingly row back out to sea....   [tags: The Open Boat, Stephen Crane, Help me, A Story]

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An Analysis Of Stephen Crane 's ' The Open Boat '

- ... The brotherhood Crane mentions consist of a cook, oiler (aka Billie), the captain of the Commodore, and a reporter in a ten foot boat. In his news article Crane wrote on the actual sinking of the Commodore, he said Billie asked the captain at the last second for permission to join them in the boat (Crane: fact). The ten foot dinghy or any kind of vessel on the ocean can only contain a specific amount of weight. Right there the oiler shows some concern for the others. The captain “feels that it is his duty to guide the men to safety” (Open Boat)....   [tags: The Open Boat, Stephen Crane, Ocean, Commodore]

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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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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]

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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 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'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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George Crane 's The, The Open Boat, By Stephen Crane

- ... His ego is so large that he even ignores the very important advice of never traveling alone in “below seventy-degree weather” (London 653). This man believes himself to be very strong and capable, but the environment around him debunks that sentiment when his dog falls into the river the two companions are walking along. In trying to save the dog, the man takes off his gloves and shoes, which prove to be a big mistake for him. Because it is so cold, his fingers and toes freeze, and he is unable to get a fire going....   [tags: Human, Universe, Thought, Science]

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The Open Boat By Stephen Crane

- ... After the disaster had struck, Crane goes into a long great detail about the knew vessel the crew must use to get back to land and briefly introduces some of the four man crew. As the reader reads on they will notice that Crane describes the skys effect on the sea and the seas effect on the time of day. “ The sun swung steadily up the sky, and they knew it was broad day because the color of the sea changed from slate to emerald-green, streaked with amber lights, and the foam was like tumbling snow (388).” He then goes on to inform the reader that “ The process of the breaking day was unknown to them....   [tags: Human, Meaning of life, Natural environment]

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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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The Open Boat By Stephen Crane

- “When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples.” In other words, nature is an apathetic force that acts upon the lives of human beings simply as a consequence of their existence. However maddening and frightening this may be, man is in essence a byproduct of the environment and its conditions....   [tags: Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome, Nature]

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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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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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Analysis Of The Poem ' The Open Boat '

- ... She dare not. She cannot. Not after all this work.” (Crane, pg 6.) Nature is mocking the men here, showing them how even though they worked so they hard is it very simple for it take their life with a blink of an eye. Given the fact that nature is known for sneering in man’s face, it is no surprise that it also very dispassionate towards people. War Is Kind use the line “A field where a thousand corpses lie.” to describe the battlefields of the war. When most people talk about the casualties of war they are addressed as soldiers, whereas the poem uses corpses....   [tags: The Open Boat, Stephen Crane, Literature, Man]

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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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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]

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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]

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Loneliness, a theme in The Open Boat by Stephen Crane

- In “The Open Boat,” the author, Stephen Crane, uses symbols and events to emphasize the fact that we are all alone in life, even if there are people around us. Nobody knows what is going through our minds. Each experience is different, even if they all are looking at the same thing. Just like with the blind men and the elephant, the cook, the correspondent, the captain, and the oiler all are in the boat together, but each one has their own experiences. There are several symbols in the story that help to emphasize that point....   [tags: Literature, Analysis]

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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]

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The Open Boat, By Stephen Crane And Henry David Thoreau

- ... The same goes if his team didn’t row fast enough in their lifeboat. Crane’s goal was to leave nature’s cruel threats and return to civilization as fast as possible. His desire to escape from what he entered imbibed in him an acute sense of the dangers posed by the dispassionate being that nature is. Meanwhile, Thoreau voluntarily went to Walden Pond to determine whether he is capable of earning his “living by the labor of [his] hand only” (“Economy”, par. 1). He was trying to prove his ideas on self-reliance to be correct and applicable in the real world....   [tags: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Concord]

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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]

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Man and Nature in Stephen Crane's 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, dan...   [tags: Blue Hotel Essays]

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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]

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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]

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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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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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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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Autobiography in The Open Boat

- The Open Boat is based off the true story of the sinking of the Commodore. Stephen Crane had a traumatic shipwreck in January 1897. After the crash on the 10-foot boat, Crane was lost at sea for 30 hours. He was later rescued and wrote 3 different writings on the sinking of Commodore (Eye). Crane’s afterthought of the sinking of the Commodore led to the short story. It was initially published as “Stephen Crane’s Own Story” (Hayes). The Open Boat is now a fictional tale written by Stephen Crane to portray his struggling experience....   [tags: sinking of the Commodore]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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...   [tags: Open Boat 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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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Stephen Crane, A Writer Of American Realism

- We Don’t Matter The human race tends to sugarcoat natures indifference to man as if it’s an innate instinct. They have an egotistical sense of importance. They don’t like to feel as if they’re inferior or unimportant because then there’s no point in living. They lie to themselves to stay alive. However, Stephen Crane, a writer of American realism, attempts to describe life without idealization or romantic subjectivity. Therefore, Crane’s theme revolves around the insignificance of man in the face of an indifferent universe....   [tags: Universe, Nature, Universal quantification, Hope]

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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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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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God Fashioned The Ship Of The World Carefully By Stephen Crane

- ... His power knows no end, and his skills have no limit. Whatever God creates is made with great attention and made to stand the test of time. These were the intentions that God had when he created the universe. He wanted to create something great, and that he did. In line six Crane shows exactly how proud God was of his Creation. Line six of the poem, Crane states, “Erect stood He, Scanning His work proudly” (6). God stood and marveled at this wonderful creation. Like most artist, God put his all into his creation, and in return he was filled with the satisfaction of being able to enjoy the sight of his work of art....   [tags: Universe, Creation myth, Power, Rudder]

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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]

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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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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

- 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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A Dark Brown Dog, By Stephen Crane

- ... Why. Because he doesn’t want to be alone, and any attention is better than no attention. Throughout the walk home, the boy takes a stick and here and there hits and beats the dog. Why. It isn’t until the boy and the dog get to the boy’s home that the reader learns where the boy learned his behavior to “hit” the dog. The boy’s drunken, abusive father finds joy hitting and tormenting the dog. Abuse is often more times than not, a learned behavior from the environment in which we are brought up in....   [tags: Abuse, Child abuse, Psychological abuse]

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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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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]

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Analysis Of Stephen Crane 's ' Clockwork Angel '

- ... Rather than starting out with the word “evenings,” it is more common to start off with the prepositional phrase, “during the week.” While this removes the clarification of the character taking her out during evenings, this can be remedied by using evening as an adjective in front of plays. This way, the overall meaning of the line is retained, but the sentence structure is more typical of current language practices. There are other instances throughout the work that could benefit from similarly small syntax changes....   [tags: Word, Phrase, Sentence]

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The American Civil War : A Girl Of The Streets By Stephen Crane

- ... In his 1909 report, Lewis H. Hine revealed the harsh working condition of the contracted farmers in Maryland canneries. He reported that the workers’ living condition is extremely bad. Hine stated that it was a “total lack of privacy” where too many families were force to live in one room, sometimes a shack. Moreover, a mother told Lewis Hine that she feared for her children since they got to “know” too much. In addition, John Meishell, a worker, testified that they were deceived when the companies’ agents promised much better wages and conditions that it actually was....   [tags: Working class, Wealth, Industrial Revolution]

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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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