"The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane

I love this story! Crane’s portrayal of life’s irony and the wit and care he takes to portray it makes this story thought-provoking and affecting.
One of my favorite lines is: “The injured captain, lying in the bow, was at this time buried in that profound dejection and indifference which comes, temporarily at least, to even the bravest and most enduring when, willy-nilly, the firm fails, the army loses, the ship goes down.” The mocking tone of this line makes dejection absurd. Silly humans with our silly notions of invulnerability!


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