How is Marxist criticism applied to the short story "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane?

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Despite the fact that these four men came from different social strata prior to the shipwreck, their perceived differences make absolutely no difference whatsoever when faced with the incessant waves, sharks, and the lack of water in their life boat.  It has come down to life and death for these characters, and suddenly differences that might normally seem so significant now seem absolutely trivial (potentially even disappearing entirely).  The fact that, when it matters most, social divisions seem to dissolve and "each man felt [the bond among them] warm him" indicates that these divisions are arbitrary and meaningless.  The correspondent's education would, formerly, have differentiated him from the cook and the oiler. He had learned "to be a hard judge of men;" however, he "knew even at the time that it was the best experience of his life."  As these social distinctions fall away, the men feel a "oneness" with each other.  It is powerful.

Crane develops the idea, then, that our...

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