Analysis Of Endurance By Ernest Shackleton

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In the beginning of the story, we get a glimpse into the future of the crew, as their ship,Endurance, gets wedged in between floes of ice that render her useless. This ends all chances of the 28 man crew, with Sir Ernest Shackleton as their leader, to complete their Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. In the beginning of their story Shackleton sets out to cross Antarctica, soon after a failed expedition to be the first to reach the South Pole, however, they’re beaten by a few months. It takes quite a while to get funding for the expedition, but once Shackleton does he selects a crew consisting of some experienced men that he’s worked with before as well as other less experienced men who Shackleton chooses from their countenance and appearance. …show more content…
Worley, the navigator, becomes invaluable in the rest of the voyage for his navigating skills for he’s the one who’s able to tell them where they are in the vast expanse of ocean. After being thoroughly soaked for days with little food and even less sleep the men eventually make it to Elephant Island. Blackboro, who was originally a stow away on the ship is the first to ever land on this island, he’s given the honor by Shackleton after he discovers that his foot is badly frostbitten and will most likely have to be removed. After resting for a few days, what they all know must occur next eventually does. Another boat holding six men, including Shackleton and Worsley prepares to take off as soon as the weather clears. It’s necessary to get to another island more than 500 miles away in order to get help. When they boat finally takes off after being upgraded a bit to sustain the long trip they eventually set off. Thi trip will determine the fate of the twenty eight men. While the boat is gone, the other twenty two men create a shelter to hold of the extremely bitter cold. Eventually hundreds of penguins are killed to sustain them and they pretty much just wait, hoping for the arrival of a rescue boat. However, as winter draws near and ice begins to form around the coast their hope slowly …show more content…
With waves that are dwarf the boat in comparison, and water rushing into the boat that soon freezes weighing them down, it’s quite surprising that they even kept afloat. But, not only did they keep afloat but despite the long distance they had to travel, and the chances of completely missing the island completely, eventually they even saw the land they were aiming for, South Georgia island. However, landing would not be easy as the coast was filled with rocks that would destroy the boat were they to get to close. So they have to circle around the island for days until they finally find a place that they can land. Their journey is not over however. They still had to cross the treacherous terrain of the island in order to reach a whaling station. This had never been done before, and yet after three of the men were selected to make the trek and spent days of climbing almost vertical cliffs and sliding down 2,000 foot drops they reached their destination. They looked completely disheveled and shocked those who they met at the station. One man, the leader of the station knew Shackleton and wept when he realized who stood before him, thinking he and all of his men had been lost. However, all were saved and had survived, after Shackleton made multiple attempts to travel to Elephant Island and reach the rest of the men that waited to be

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