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"The Open Boat"
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What does the captain do to help the oiler and the correspondent?
make a sail
What does the language desvribing the land as a "long black shadow on the sea" express?
There is danger in trying to reach land
The mens inability to get help from people on shore is an example of naturalism because it...
suggests that the men are not in control
Before swimming to shore, the captain warns the others to...
wait until the last moment to jump in
The oiler's death is surprising because he...
swam quickly ahead of the other men
How does the following excerpt exhibit naturalism? "As each slaty wall of water approached, it shut all else from the view of the men in the boat, and it was not difficult to imagine that this particular wave was the final outburst of the ocean, the last effort of the grim water."
The ocean controls the boats fate
The language that describes the gulls staring with "black bead-like eyes" has the effect of
expressing a dark threatening mood
The men on boat became angry with the man on shore because....
he merely waved his coat
Why does the correspondent have trouble swimming to shore?
He gets caught in a hidden current
After their adventure, the men feel that they can interpret the...
It is written by
Cold January months off the coast of Florida, the location is revealed towards the end of the story
Four men recovering from surviving the sinking of a steamboat
The story starts out with
-cook (lays at the bottom of the boat, looking at the ocean, saying "Gawd, that was a narrow clip")
-oiler (Billie: was steering with one of the two oars)
-correspondent (pulls the other oar, watched the waves and wondered why he was there)
-captain (was buried in the profound dejection and indifference that came with the ship sinking. His voice was deep with mourning)
Who are the four characters
The boat is compared to a
once you get past one wave, there is another right behind it
A singular disadvantage of the sea is that
The cook says that just north of the Mosquito Inlet Light, there is a House of Refuge where a crew will rescue them. The correspondent tells him that there is no crew at the House of Refuge.
What do the cook and the correspondent argue about?
landed on the captain's head
One of the birds that were around the boat
He might capsize the boat if he did; he was forced to try and shoo it away
Why couldn't the captain knock the bird off his hat?
Change seats in the dingy (Two men would have to stand up and put their hands on the thwarts, while another man looked for oncoming waves)
What was the hardest thing to do in the boat?
a lighthouse, due north
What did the men see?
a sail, so that the men could rest
What did the captain wish that they had?
With two oars and an overcoat
How did the men create the sail
New Symrna, which is 80 miles south of Jacksonville, Florida
The cook said that they were opposite of
None of the men had slept in nearly __ days.
working a double watch in the engine-room of the ship
Previously, before the sinking of the ship, the oiler had been
the house of refuge that the cook had been talking about, but there was no crew
What did they see by the lighthouse
the wind picked up and the surf got rougher
As the men got closer to the shore
Smoking cigars (the correspondent found eight cigars and 3 dry matches) and drinking water.
What did the men begin doing in the boat
that no one had seen them yet to rescue them
What did the men find weird
there was not a life-saving station within 20 miles of their location
What did the men not know
Turn their boat towards the sea
What did the men decide to do as the surf picked up
Maybe the people think that they are sailing for sport or trying to fish
What is one reason that the men come up with for why they have not been rescued
a man on the beach
What do the men see on another shore
He goes and gets another man who gets an omnibus.
What does the man do
either to go north in order to get help, or he is waving because he believes that they are fishing; the men are not completely sure
What is the man signaling to them
What kind of pie they like
What does the man ask his crew?
a light lifting from the sea with a light gold color
What do the men see as they are talking about food?
a bluish light and an enormous fin by the boat
What did the crew see next?
a verse from the poem "Bingen on the Rhine" by Caroline Norton, in which a "soldier of the Legion" dies far from home.
What does the correspondent think of as he looks at the shark
either the same shark or a different shark appears
As they fell asleep again, what appeared
whiskey and water
What did the captain give the cook to calm him down
an island with little black cottages and a tall, white windmill
What did they see in the morning when they woke up
go on shore, since they could not survive much longer at sea
The men decided to
he tells the captain to keep the boat's head to the seas and back her in
What does the oiler suggest
The __ wave destroyed the dingy and caused the men to swim for the shore
-the correspondent gets caught in the current but is able to escape using a piece of a life jacket; he was pulled ashore by the naked man
-the cook uses the oar to push himself along
-The captain uses the remains of the boat to stay afloat
How do the men get to shore
-naked man who helped them to get ashore
-Billie, the oiler, is dead
When the men arrived at the shore, what did they see (2)
assertive, calm, composed, feels responsible for other's safety
rower, deep thinker, young, cynical
optimistic, weak, but useful
rower, obedient, realistic, hardworking, only character to die
-nature doesn't care about men
-sea is like animal (sea hisses, snarls, animal-like things)
-sometimes helpful, sometimes harmful
-correspondent is saved by nature, but oiler dies from it
Impersonality and Apathy of Nature
-Man vs World
-fate doesn't help men
-insignificant in world although in the beginning they try to find a purpose
Men = Insignificant in Universe
-each man tries to protect the other
Importance of Friendship
There is a cold star on a winter's night, which is figuratively depicting the coldness of God. This "cold star" is distant, and only watches human comedy and tragedy.
"A cold star on a winters night"
None of the men knew the color of the sky because there eyes were locked onto the water. They were too busy rowing for survival, there was no point in them looking up into the sky when there was no help from the heavens. This capriciousness of fate is used as an aspect of naturalism.
What does the line "None of them knew the color of the sky. Their eyes glanced level, and were fastened upon the waves that swept toward them" mean?
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