Stephen Crane wrote ”The Open Boat” as a fictitious illustration of the experience he and three other crew members suffered after their ship, the Commoder, capsized. The story centres around the numerous hours they spent on a dinghy lost at sea, and it forces the reader to examine existential questions. With a distant narrative voice, we as readers experience the tiresome and draining trial the four men undergo, that ultimately ends with only three survivors. Crane is distinguished in the realist field and this short story does not differ from that genre, but it is somewhat contradictory in the way the sea and nature is described (Wertheim 248). In this essay I will examine the narrative and the characters, mental and physical process, that
For the first time in the novel the boy wanted to accompany the man as he investigated a site, but the man refused to take the boy with him because “someone has to take care of things.”(223) Earlier in the novel, the man was always portrayed as the more responsible one and allotted menial tasks to the boy; however, this shows that the man considers the boy to be more mature and worthy of greater responsibility. The man senses that the boat might present some horrors and addresses this concern by involving the boy in his mission as the lookout, an important player in most ventures. Even after the thoroughly searching the boat for items, the man does not panic when the boy loses the pistol and instead of blaming the boy for his error the man takes some of the blame as most mature equals do. Similarly, the man appears physically different to signify the mental attitude shift towards the boy. As soon as the man emerged from the boat the boy “stood up in alarm,” because he did not realize it was actually the man, McCarthy included this to show the change in mental state of the man as a whole and towards the boy.
The main character of this book is Cole Matthews; Cole has horrible anger issues. His father drinks until he is abusive towards Cole and his mother drank until she did not care. Cole has been in trouble with the law most of his life. This book begins with Cole on a boat heading to Southeast Alaska, he is wearing steel handcuffs. The handcuffs are digging into his wrist.
While Odysseus is a little arrogant, he can also be a great leader because he is able to trust his second in command, Eurylochus, and give him more power while he is away. When Odysseus is away from Circe’s island, Odysseus has a change of heart and suddenly wants to go back to Circe’s island to retrieve his crew. Despite this sudden change of heart, he is still wise enough to plan out what he is going to do when he gets to Circe’s Island and how to keep his crew safe
The father and son may be getting older and spending less time together, but their love as father and son fortifies their relationship and prevents it from completely changing, which is exemplified when the father allows his son to use his rod to go fishing. The father’s rod is said to be “the only extravagance his father had had in his whole life” (45-46), meaning that the rod is of great significance to the father. Almost a whole paragraph is about how important the rod is to the father, and that’s not a detail included for decoration in Trumbo’s writing. Knowing that the father values his rod and invests time and money in it to
Edward Prendick is the main character and protagonist in the novel “The Island of Dr. Moreau”. At the beginning of the book, he has an established life as a biologist in London. This life is filled with trials, but Prendick is set apart from much of society because of his firm moral code. One day, while out on a boat with two seamen, a large ship unwittingly crashes into their small seacraft. Naturally, there is severe damage and the remains of the boat are scattered out into the middle of the ocean.
Although the oiler and the correspondent switch off at tediously rowing, the oiler is the man who is the hardest worker of all on the dinghy. In addition to not sleeping or eating in past two days like the others on the dinghy, the oiler is said to have “worked double-watch in the engine-room of the ship” (Crane 1772) prior to it being swallowed up by the ocean. The strategy between the rowers is simple, “The plan of the oiler and the correspondent was for one to row until he lost the ability…” (Crane 1777). Despite being overworked, “The oiler plied the oars until his head drooped forward, and the overpowering sleep blinded him. And he rowed yet afterwards” (Crane 1777).
Another example is when Odysseus, and his men are yet again on the threshold of demise by a whirlpool Heavyweight named Charybdis. Odysseus motivates his men once again that if they want to live, they have to keep rowing to escape Charybdis (783, book 12). This portrays Odysseus’ leadership by showing his men pep talk for survival. This more deeply illustrates Odysseus trait of leadership because he and his crew do not want to die
It is also important to note that Bromden is able to recall this significant childhood memory as it reveals his escape from the Fog. Later, as the men leave the hospital and embark on the fishing trip, their intense psychological conditioning dissipates, and they gradually recover, or revert, to unexpectedly conventional members of society. Significantly, Kesey depicts McMurphy as “[leading] the twelve… towards the ocean” and also as a “fisher of men”(203,198). Obviously, Kesey likens McMurphy to Jesus and the twelve disciples to implicate that McMurphy directs them on a righteous path towards salvation away from the malevolent hospital. Additionally, McMurphy heals the character George, who was previously overwhelmed by thoughts of being unclean, by granting him the powerful role of the ship’s captain.
The naval officer in chapter 12 of Lord of the Flies can be perceived in multiple different ways. Some may say that the naval officer was the savior, and that without him the boys would have never been able to leave the island. Others believe that he was the indirect cause of the island’s destruction and possible demise. Golding added the naval officer into the novel for a purpose, and not just to show that the boys got rescued. We will explore the importance of the naval officer and what his importance to the book really was.
The passengers adrift faced cold water, drowning, exhaustion, or no life jacket. After a few hours, 10 ships, trawlers, fishing boats and torpedo boats came to rescue the passengers, some were unconscious but alive. Some were far beyond alive. The admiralty were quick to blame turner, but they provided no escort for Lucy or anti sub patrols. Turner avoided blame.
The fisherman and the jinnee was a short story about a poor fisherman that threw his line out four times a day. The first four cast he threw out he caught a dead donkey, a vessel with mud, and bones. The fisherman was flabbergasted from his results, then on his last cast he caught a copper lamp. A jinnee sprung out of the lamp. The jinnee informed the fisherman that he had been trapped at the bottom of the sea for hundreds of years.
They trained him to command PT boats that were overhyped by the Navy. Lieutenant Commander John Bulkley used them to “attract aggressive young officers to join the service… [but] Buckley had vastly exaggerated the importance and success of PTs” (87). It also had the potential to take a huge toll on Jack’s health. One sailor said that “riding in a PT was like staying upright on a bucking bronco” (88). Obviously these aren’t ideal recovery conditions for a man who’s had back surgery a few months prior.
A quality such as determination is necessary in order to succeed in a survival situation. If a person decides to give up and quit trying, they will inevitably fail. Kennedy’s story of survival after being stranded on an island exists because he “was still unwilling to admit that things were hopeless” even though the other men were losing hope (Hersey 6). It was essential to their survival that Kennedy persevered over a number of days and through intense physical challenges and kept trying to get help. If he had given up they probably would have died.