The Open Boat

by: Stephen Crane

Themes, Motifs and Symbols Quick Quiz

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What seems to be nature’s “attitude” toward the men’s attempts to survive?

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What significance does the correspondent ultimately ascribe to the pain he suffers in the attempt to survive?

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How do the men construct a kind of meaning amidst the chaos of nature?

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What motif underscores the changing but persistent environmental challenges that the men must face?

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What symbol represents both the men’s hope for spiritual salvation and their ultimate loss of that salvation?