Stephen Crane's Contribution to American Realism Book Review by Quality Writers

Stephen Crane's Contribution to American Realism
An examination of American realism as it is portrayed in three of Stephen Crane's short stories - "The Blue Hotel," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" and "The Open Boat."
# 102266 | 750 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 21, 2008 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines three short stories by Stephen Crane, with an eye towards revealing how each one represents the finest in the American realist tradition. The paper analyzes "The Blue Hotel," "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" and "The Open Boat." Through the three texts and his characters, the paper discusses how Crane shows human heroism in a time of crisis.

From the Paper:

"The speech, just like the dialogue of the previous story, is undeniably salty, undeniably the speech of ordinary men with rough edges. For instance, as Johnnie grows exasperated by the agitated Swede, he finally says, "Kill you? Man you're off your nut" (Crane, 14). A little later, as a perplexed Scully tries to confer with the frantic Swede, he refers to "illictric" street cars instead of "electric" street cars while detailing what the future holds in store for Fort Romper. Later, of course, we learn that Fort Romper is in "Nebrasker" and far removed from any wild gun fights that might be troubling the Swede (Crane, 16). In the end, the Swede does die, just as he foretold all who would listen and we discover that the sullen men around him could have stopped it (Crane, 16)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Crane, Stephen. "The Blue Hotel". Collier's Weekly, 22.8/9 (1898, 26 Nov. and 2 Dec.): 14-17.
  • Crane, Stephen. "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky." The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Ed. Michael Meyer. New York: Bedford/St.Martins, 2005.
  • Crane, Stephen. "The Open Boat: A TALE INTENDED TO BE AFTER THE FACT. BEING THE EXPERIENCE OF FOUR MEN SUNK FROM THE STEAMER COMMODORE (1899)." N.d. Stephen Crane: 1871-1900. 4 Mar. 2007 <>

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