Who are the individuals in the story? What are their duties? List some examples of the indifference of nature against the struggle of the men. What is the meaning of the sea gulls taunting the men in the boat? How do the men form a brotherhood? List some examples.

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This post is asking multiple questions, so I would like to focus this answer on the indifference of nature that is illustrated in this story. The genre that most often displays the uncaring disposition of nature toward mankind's struggles is naturalism. It should not surprise readers that "The Open Boat" has elements of naturalism throughout the piece. Stephen Crane is well-known for writing strong examples of naturalist literature, and in my opinion his most succinct explanation of it comes from his poem "A Man Said to the Universe."

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