Human Nature and Morality

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The works 'Free' by Th. Dreiser, 'The Open Boat' by S. Crane and 'the Lottery' Sh. Jackson belong to different historical periods, but discuss similar themes and motives, settings and emotions of characters. These authors follow a specific way of argumentation using lengthily descriptions and facts.


This period was marked by great social and economic changes, new political ideas and liberation movement. Dreiser gives a special attention to details and settings, emotions and deep feelings experienced by his characters. Stephen Crane (1971-1900) represents a war literature marked by sufferings and casualties of war, deaths and fear. He did not take part in the Civil War by many of his works reflect war experience and themes of heroism. In his works, Stephen Crane pays a special attention to naturalistic settings which reflect emotions of characters and their inner struggle. Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) represents a modernist movement in literature. Her writing style is based on acute irony and sarcasm, humor and mockery. This historical period was marked by social changes and feminist movement, changing ideals and political confrontations: the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile crisis.
"The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane was written in 1897. Human nature and morality are the main issues discussed by Crane. To unveil these themes, Crane uses naturalistic settings and nature. The theme of choice is unveiled through struggle and morality of the main characters. The Crane points out that: "the ethics of their condition was decidedly against any open suggestion of hopelessness" (Crane 45). ...
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