Stephen Crane and "The Open Boat" Analytical Essay by auhopp

Stephen Crane and "The Open Boat"
This paper not only tells about the Stephen Crane short story "The Open Boat," but it also tells of Crane's early life, his writing career, his unique style of writing and the underlying themes that he uses in "The Open Boat."
# 29959 | 1,316 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on Aug 17, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper tells how Crane's family, travels, his real life experiences and the time era in which he grew up and wrote (the era of Social Darwinism and Devout Humanists) encouraged him to be the type of writer that he was. This paper also shows Crane's writing styles of "impressionistic color" and "detailed symbolism" and gives examples from the story. It shows too how Crane used the underlying themes of "picturesque imagery" and "incisive irony" in "The Open Boat."

From the Paper:

"Stephen Crane was one of America's foremost naturalistic writers. Crane exercised keen observations, as well as personal experience to achieve a narrative vividness and sense of contiguity realized by few American writers before him (Votleler 97). Stephen Crane was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1871. He was the youngest of fourteen children born to a father, a Methodist Minister, and a socially reform minded mother. Crane's family settled in America during the mid-seventeenth century. Although his parents were religious people, Stephen systematically rejected religious and social traditions. He is described as a temperamentally gentle man, however, was obsessed with war and other forms of physical and psychic violence (Baym 741)."

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