"The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane

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In the story "The Open Boat" the author, Stephen Crane, uses a lot of figurative language. Figurative language is used in this short story to give a valid picture of what the men are going through by comparing something that the reader probably hasn't seen. Examples of how figurative language works in this story are showing the comparison to how small the boat really is and how big the waves are. They are so big compared to the boat that they can't see anything but those waves. Other examples of uses of figurative language will be shown on later in this paper.

This story was truly a conflict between the men and the sea. All of the men worked together to try to conquer the sea. For instance when the men were rowing the oilier and the correspondent saw a man walking on the beach. They soon began to realize that this man on shore was a tourist and was just standing there watching them drown at sea.

As the men kept rowing through the waves to get to the shore the oilier jumped out and started swimming. In his attempts to swim to the shore a strong current took him and he drowned there at sea. The other men made it to the shore and lived. To really show the intensity of the storm that the men had to go through the author used many more used of figurative language.

Using figurative language in this story is a crucial component in making this story's smooth reading. If figurative language wasn't used in this story the reader would have a harder for the reader to get the full extent of the story. It really makes the reader feel like they are on the boat with...