Ayn Rand's The Open Boat

In the story “The Open Boat”, there are four men who are a captain, a cook, an oiler and a correspondent. They were in a tiny boat after their ship sank off the coast of Florida. At first, the crew thought they could be rescued because of the house for refuge and a couple of people showing on the beach. But the fact was cruel so that they were required to depend on themselves. So the captain decided to swim to shore when they still had the strength. In the end, everyone was rescued except the oiler. As similar as “The Open Boat”, “To Build a Fire” is a story about nature and human too. …show more content…
He was pleased at the speed he had made, and he believed he would arrive the camp on time. Nevertheless, the man was not lucky anymore for the reason that nature is indifferent to him. After he makes a mistake to break through the ice, the second mistake is coming, building a fire under a branch with a pile of snow. When the fire is blotted out, he is too numb to build another fire, even though he tried hard. However, the nature doesn’t care how much work the man does for survival, or how desired he is to live. Nature just uses this way to show its power to human, and this are the first time and the last time that he knows how powerful the nature is. Likewise, the nature is indifferent to the crew in “The Open …show more content…
The captain steers the boat. The cook bails out the water from the bottom of the boat. The oiler and the correspondent take turns rowing the boat. The brotherhood plays an important role in their survival, “they were friends-friends in a more curiously iron-bound degree than may be common” (189). Compared to the man in “To Build a Fire”, having partner is an advantage, which is a vital reason that some of them can survive. For example, when the crew jumped into the sea, the cook was much farther to the left, so the captain said, “Turn over on your back and use the oar” (200). The captain plays a role who can offer a corrective advice and instruction. Besides, the oiler and correspondent take over the labor job, which shows they take care of the captain

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