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  1. Introduction
  2. A theme that takes places when more than one person experiences a hardship together
  3. A simple theme but often very applicable to life
  4. Conclusion
  5. Works cited

In the story of ?The Open Boat?, Stephen Crane has taken the time to masterfully portray a story that is so very dear to his life. Back in 1897, Crane went through the horrific experience of crashing his boat and being stranded for nearly 30 hours. This experience became so near and dear to his heart that he wrote three stories that made up different parts of his journey. The first story he wrote was documented in his own writing of ?Stephen Cranes Own Story?. His second piece of literary work came in ?The Open Boat? and the third and final piece was called ?Flanagan and His Short Filibusting Adventure?. The most important story is ?The Open Boat? simply because of its historical factuality and the themes behind the story.

[...] Probably not but the point was that he was willing to step up and take a crack at it. It paid off and helped create one of the four heroes' that got them through the terrible storm. Deism is an important characteristic of the story and can be defined simply as God creating the world but having nothing to do with it. This is how these men felt when they were going through this storm. Crane does a great job conveying the emotions of the men and how they were seeking help but could not find it. [...]

[...] Crane demonstrates this when one of the men says that ?after this devotion to the commander of the boat there was this comradeship that the correspondent, for instance, who had been taught to be cynical of men, knew even at the time was the best experience of his life. But no one said that it was so. No one mentioned (Crane). When all was said and done, these men realized how this was truly one of the best experiences they could have possibly gone through for a number of reasons. [...]

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