Monday, July 13, 2015


It is amazing how these men in the book work together to survive. Everything seems to be done efficiently with immense effort. It is not to say that there was not some discouragement in some of the men. But, overall Shackleton and his crew seemed to do the impossible. As the time went on the crew continued to work well together showing the strength of their unity. The motivation was survival. This book shows that every person on the boat is needed to contribute in order for survival.  This type of unity can be shown in everyday life. Many careers and activities emphasize the importance of a team effort. Another example of team unity is the military, in life or death situations the proud members of the military rely on each other to survive. In any career it is important to learn how to work well with your colleagues for things to go smoothly. Sports teams need a team effort to reach their goals of winning.  Shackleton and his crew provide an excellent example of what working together efficiently  can accomplish.


  1. I think you make a very important point in suggesting that team unity is essential in life. Not just in our careers, but in every day life we must have the ability to work as a team with those also in our environment. I think providing the military as an example is justified, but it is also important to emphasize the importance of simple tasks needing unity and team work to achieve success as well.

    1. I agree with the idea of unity is an essential part of life. I break it down even further, to teach my students in my classroom, the idea of unity through solving problems. Each person has a role and when the role is uncompleted, the entire group suffers. However, in the idea of unity, how do you choose a leader or trust the leader's decision. Almost all of the men are trusting Shackleton without hesitation, but in real life, do we really trust all that we know?