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In “The Open Boat,” lines of philosophy about man’s fate and his reward for trying hard are repeated throughout. Quote a line of this story that stands out to you as expressing something philosophical about life. Do you agree with the statement? Why or why not?

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Answers should be based on these reading assignments:

Stephen Crane: “The Open Boat”
Jack London: “To Build a Fire”
Sarah O. Jewett: “A White Heron”
Willa Cather: “Paul’s Case”

work cited needed

Part One: Compose a paragraph that applies a Marxist reading to any of the stories from this week. Be sure to ask yourself ( and answer) the kinds of questions discussed in this week’s lecture. 

Hint: To engage in Marxist criticism, ask questions like:

  • How does class factor into the lives of the main characters?
  • How are main characters pitted against each other in terms of power? 
  • Who holds power over others, and how is that power derived?
  • Can people escape their fate or their class?
  • How does social class get in the way of the happiness of the main character? 

Part Two: Which of the characters this week did you feel the most sympathy for? Who did you most identify with? Why? Who did you feel the least sympathy for? Why?

Part Three: In “The Open Boat,” lines of philosophy about man’s fate and his reward for trying hard are repeated throughout. Quote a line of this story that stands out to you as expressing something philosophical about life. Do you agree with the statement? Why or why not? 

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