Naturalism is a genre in which nature and humans are, at times, adversarial to each other. The other times, nature is presented as completely uncaring of the existence of humans. Naturalism can often be a cold and realistic way of looking at nature. Crane lets readers feel this right from the very beginning of this story.
These waves were most wrongfully and barbarously abrupt and tall, and each froth-top was a problem in small-boat navigation.
This quote paints a picture that the waves and the boat are in a battle against each other. The waves are not something that the boat handles in stride. The waves are a problem for the boat, and the boat is struggling to hold its own.
Another good quote is the following:
A singular disadvantage of the sea lies in the fact that after successfully surmounting one wave you discover that there is another behind it just as important and just as nervously anxious to do something effective in the way of swamping boats.
This quote does a good job of showing...
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