What does this quote, from "The Open Boat," mean? "When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at...

What does this quote, from "The Open Boat," mean?

"When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples."

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The following quote appears in Stephen Crane's short story "The Open Boat."

When it occurs to a man that nature does not regard him as important, and that she feels she would not maim the universe by disposing of him, he at first wishes to throw bricks at the temple, and he hates deeply the fact that there are no bricks and no temples.

Stephen Crane was Naturalistic author. That said, there were certain characteristics his writings included. Naturalists believed that nature was the most powerful...

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