The Rise of Naturalism
The Open Boat
Which character in the story doesn't survive?
Why don't the men row the bow directly onto the beach?
Why don't the people on shore rescue the men?
How does the sea play the role of an antagonist in this story? (2+ sentences)
The narrative voice of this story is quite detached, relating highly dramatic events with a mild and even slightly humorous tone. How does this tone affect the story's overall message/impact? (3+ sentences)
A common literary device used in Naturalist writings is dramatic irony. Find at least two instances in the story when the characters' perceptions do not match the reality of the situation. Write a paragraph examining these situations, as well as how they interact to build the story's naturalist theme.
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