The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition

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I chose the documentary The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition for my documentary analysis and I’m connecting it to the book written by Alfred Lansing, The Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. The documentary similar to the book follows Ernest Shackleton’s expedition, but where the book was meant to be a more objective and true to the events that the crew went through, but the film lists the events and adds emotions to the events that happen to the crew. The Documentary also focuses on showing what the men actually went through while the book merely describes the wastes of Antarctica. One of the points the documentary pushes onto the watcher is just how much Ernest Shackleton cared for his crew no matter the cost. …show more content…
Cabin fever as Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines it as an “extreme irritability and restlessness from living in isolation or a confined indoor area for a prolonged time” (Merriam-Webster). Often the crew struggled to avoid it by putting on plays, hosting haircutting tournaments, weekly gramophone concerts, and playing soccer in the frigid landscape around the ship. Now cabin fever can be a dangerous thing because often extended isolation in any kind of situation can cause serious mental issue with a person. Now although the crew managed to avoid it for a few months eventually things caught with them leading to most of the crew becoming irritated with a crewman constant banjo playing (Lansing). Now these sign point to cabin which symptoms are state in “Psychological effects of polar expedition.” “However, the most common symptoms of people of people undertaking polar expeditions include sleep disruption, impaired cognitive performance, negative affect, and interpersonal tension and conflict”(Palinkas & Suedfeld). Of course Cabin fever wasn’t the only thing that would trouble the crew, the real threat came after they had to leave the Endurance, which was the struggle to survive in Antarctica’s icy …show more content…
After abandoning ship the crew of the endurance would face their biggest challenges without an ample amount of food, very little water, and too many mouths to feed very drastic decisions had to be made. As the months went by they had to put down several of their dog sled teams in order to save some of the food. Slowly their rations began to dwindle which lead them to extreme measure of having to minimize the amount of food and water they had a day, which was limited to a biscuit and one cup of water, however as time would go on their water would run out leaving them to having to chip away at the ice around them and then sleep with it in a tin in their bag in order for it to melt (Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition). Eventually Shackleton would have to make a decision though with the ice around them slowly melting into the ocean, which meant they need to make to one of the islands around them. However with the ice melting slowly the seals and other wildlife would return allowing them to escape a death by starvation. Their real challenge now would be getting to Elephant island, which was across the Weddell Sea. When they got there it was then up to shackleton and a few men to try and get to one of the whaling station close by in order for his whole crew to be

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