This story was truly a conflict between the men and the sea. All of the men worked together to try to conquer the sea. For instance when the men were rowing the oilier and the correspondent saw a man walking on the beach. They soon began to realize that this man on shore was a tourist and was just standing there watching them drown at sea. As the men kept rowing through the waves to get to the shore the oilier jumped out and started swimming. In his attempts to swim to the shore a strong current took him and he drowned there at sea. The other men made it to the shore and lived. To really show the intensity of the storm that the men had to go through the author used many more used of figurative language.
Using figurative language in this story is a crucial component in making this story's smooth reading. If figurative language wasn't used in this story the reader would have a harder for the reader to get the full extent of the story. It really makes the reader feel like they are on the boat with those men. One type of figurative language that the author uses is a simile. The waves seemed "thrust up in points like rocks" (Open Boat pg. 107). When reading this quote from the story the reader can really see how big those waves have to be to make them look like huge rocks. Another quote from the story which was an understatement was "a night at sea in an open boat is a long night" (Open Boat pg. 117). In this