Tuesday, October 16, 2012
On the Endurance, Shackleton orders his crew to hunt and gather seal for food, since their supply is decreasing, and also to get rid of anything that is unnecessary to survival. For example, they make seal meat stew by including the lumps of blubber from seals. By including it in the stew, it can ease the seamen to get used to the taste for when they run out of food. To me, I would never be able to eat it; however, if I was put in that situation, I would probably have no choice but to eat it if it meant survival. Another thing Shackleton orders is to get rid of anything that is unnecessary to survival including excess clothing, things to stay warm, and even items to sleep in. They must prepare for the boat to sink and prolong it; so by getting rid of items, the weight is reduced. The seamen do get a little discouraged, but I understand their point of view. If I was in that situation, I would get a little discouraged as well. By prolonging the ship sinking and eating lumps of blubber from seals, I would feel like the captain is doubting survival and ensuring the sinking of the ship.