A detailed analysis of Stephen Crane’s novella, “The Open Boat,”including the following: its historical background; its plot; its two major themes; its characters; its symbolism, particularly of the names; the recognition and reversal which occur at its end; and its color imagery. My handout, which has blanks that your students can fill in, is suitable for a homework assignment or as an in-class activity. You may also want to incorporate some information (such as the recognition and reversal, which in its depth is unique to my handout) in your own lecture notes or other class activities. An answer key is provided on a separate page at the end of the handout. Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.