I found section 3 to be the most suspenseful section thus far! The men were on a constant waver between feast vs hunger and optimism vs hopelessness. The moral changed so much that at the end, even the slightest hope seemed almost useless. Every positive advance the men gain; such as extra seals to fest upon, or spotted land it seemed to immediately follow with a hardship.I found it interesting that Shackleton ordered the men to leave the extra seal meat because it was unnecessary surplus. In the harsh unpredictable conditions the men were faced against this seemed almost foolish. But undoubtedly the men still obeyed Shackleton’s orders. Another shocking part of section 3 was when the men had to resort to killing the dogs. My heart ached for Macklin when he had to part from his pups. Besides the issue of hunger, then men also had to endure weather sets backs. With the ice cracking and warm weather the men were constantly surrounded by hope and fear.
I really enjoy how Lansing wrote the book. The diary entries from the men seem to make it that much more real to the reader. Hearing how each individual endured the journey is eye opening and personable. I find myself putting myself in their shoes and wondering if I would have done the same. I do not know if I can honestly say I would have kept up the positive moral for as long as they have. It is clear that by the end of the section that hope is fleeting and positiving is running low. I am curious to discover the men’s fate.