Friday, June 8, 2012

"By Endurance We Conquer" - Sir Ernest Shackleton (Part 10)

"We've got to take a risk. Are you game?" ~ Sir Ernest Shackleton
(Chilean steamer Yelcho used to rescue the men from Elephant Island, Cool Antarctic website)
With the James Caird and crew safely on land, Shackleton attempts to rescue his crew from Elephant Island. Ice once again threatens to stand between the crew on Elephant Island and home.

Once rescued, the crew must assimilate back into society--a mad world at war.

Thoughts to Ponder
  • The Elephant Island crew all but gives up on Shackleton and the hope for rescue. What keeps a person going forward in the face of adversity?
  • How does a crew assimilate back into "normalcy" after such a horrific event?
  • How does perspective play into the transition back into society?
  • Was Shackleton right in withholding the Polar Medal from Holness, Vincent, McNish, and Stephenson?
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