The Uses Of Realism/Naturalism In “The Open Boat”

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Thinking in the meaning of Realism and Naturalism confused most of the people. Realism represents the things that are or were in a vivid illustration of reality. The Washington State University website defines Realism as “a literary technique practiced by many schools of writing. Although strictly speaking, realism is a technique, it also denotes a particular kind of subject matter, especially the representation of middle-class life. A reaction against romanticism, an interest in scientific method, the systematizing of the study of documentary history, and the influence of rational philosophy all affected the rise of realism.” The Naturalism is a movement that emphasized in how the ...view middle of the document...

Their eyes glanced level, and were fastened upon the waves that swept toward them.” These lines established the theme as a dark story. The crew must fight harder with the ocean to maintain that damaged dinghy in the surface. Every crew member of the dinghy had a responsibility. The correspondent and the oiler were the two man that have to row. The cook was the man who had to bail the water of the dinghy. And finally the captain who was the man that gave the orders to the exhausted crew. Suddenly, the cook and the correspondent made progress to the reach the edge of the beach. Then, gulls appear everywhere. One gull land in the head of the captain. Unfortunately for the captain, he cannot make a movement because the dinghy could broke down into the ocean. As the time pass the captain sees a lighthouse. But the cook said that the lifesaving station has been empty from the past year. Furthermore, their hope goes away when they cannot handle the terrible waves of the shore. Also, they realized that help is not coming. The captain observed a man on the shore and all of the men aboard in the dinghy gain a little bit of hope. But the time goes by and they are again in the dark night. As the night goes the correspondent and the cook let the possibilities of been recue and concentrated their energy on rowing. At the next morning the captain said that they can try to swim through waves. The oiler was in front of the group, the correspondent and the cook were swimming slowly behind the oiler and the captain remain in the damage dinghy. The correspondent is kind of unconscious on land but he noticed that the captain and the cook were saved on land but the oiler has died.
The realism in the story is clearly illustrated. Crane described his real life situation in The Open Boat. He as the “correspondent” saw the real situation when people are fighting for their life. The way that Crane described the situation is exceptional because of the demonstration of the cruelty and darkness of the real world. The naturalistic sense of Crane made The...

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