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Stephen Crane
A discussion of the theme of irony in "The Open Boat" and "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" by Stephen Crane.
# 49210 | 1,603 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 29, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper looks at the work of Stephen Crane, a writer from the latter half of the 19th century. In particular, it discusses how many of his short stories involved an ironic twist or unexpected positioning of two events. It compares two of these stories, "The Open Boat" and "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky", in order to evaluate Crane's mastery in the use of irony. It examines how, in "The Open Boat," the irony is evident throughout the story, while in "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky," it is in the last 100 words; instead of the new bride witnessing the horrible death of her new groom, her presence brings a completely unexpected peace between the two men. It shows how, in one case, the irony is of cosmic proportions, and in the other, gentle and humorous, demonstrating Crane's great range of skill in the use of literary devices.

From the Paper:

"Crane created situations of extreme experiences, confronted by ordinary people. His characters were not larger-than-life, but they touched the mysterious edges of their capacities for perception, action, and understanding. They also drew on personal experiences of his. While he was born after the Civil War, he reported on wars and was aware of the true horror of such events. He also worked other personal experiences into his stories. "The Open Boat" is based on a real event in Crane's life. Traveling from Cuba to Florida, the steamship he was on sank, and he, along with two crewmen and the captain, battled the ocean for several days before three of them finally made it ashore alive. In fact the incident wrecked his health and contributed to his early death ("

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