The Open Boat | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Eric Solomon

This literature criticism consists of approximately 35 pages of analysis & critique of The Open Boat.
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Critical Essay by Eric Solomon

SOURCE: Solomon, Eric. “The Destructive Element.” In Stephen Crane: From Parody to Realism, pp. 145-76. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1966.

In the following essay, Solomon notes the lack of parodic elements in “The Open Boat” and situates it within the context of Crane's other sea pieces.

To the maiden The sea was blue meadow, Alive with little froth-people Singing. To the sailor, wrecked, The sea was dead grey walls Superlative in vacancy, Upon which nevertheless at fateful time Was written The grim hatred of nature. 

—Crane, War Is Kind, III

“The Open Boat” is one of the great sea tales of world literature, and the story has the power and tragic import attained by only a few of the vast number of writers—particularly in the nineteenth...

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