Why does Crane deliberately place the dinghy’s crew in sight of land in the story?What does the serenity of the scene on land emphasize about their…

Why does Crane deliberately place the dinghy’s crew in sight of land in the story?What does the serenity of the scene on land emphasize about their…

Why does Crane deliberately place the dinghy’s crew in sight of land in the story?What does the serenity of the scene on land emphasize about their…

Why does Crane deliberately place the dinghy’s crew in sight of land in the story?What does the serenity of the scene on land emphasize about their…

Crane is a Naturalist and Ironist, and so his works often deal with Naturalism’s themes of survival of the fittest, man versus nature, and fate’s control of humans.  The crew’s view of the land stresses Crane’s belief that humans are at the whim of nature or some fatalistic being.  Nothing they do can alter their fate, and they often find themselves in cruel situations where it seems that salvation (or in this case, the safety of land) is just beyond reach.  In the story specifically, the sight of land causes the humans to struggle vainly against their predetermined destiny which enables Crane to illustrate the futility and irony of the human condition.While Crane’s perspective seems unrealistically dark to many readers, they must remember that not only was Crane writing during a pessimistic time in American culture, but he was also in agreement with other American Naturalist writers like Jack London and Ambrose Bierce; so his philosophy would not have been unusual to his contemporaries.
Why does Crane deliberately place the dinghy’s crew in sight of land in the story?What does the serenity of the scene on land emphasize about their…