Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Since we live a society and country where food is not an issue for most, it is hard to imagine what it means to truly be hungry. I once participated in an activity when I was in middle school where we ate the average meal of people from impoverished nations around the world. I was lucky enough to get africa so my dinner that night consisted of a few pieces of okra, cornmeal paste, and a half glass of water. Basically what I took out of it was that I know what it feels like to experience an uncomfortable lack of food, but not true hunger. I can't even begin to imagine the psychological stress that the hunger and confinement the men on the Endurance had to face once they became trapped. The stress caused by killing the dogs and simply surviving each day must have been simply intolerable for the men. I found myself trying to empathize with the men in this book more than any other that we have read so far. To me, they seem more human and real, with personality and vices that make them much easier to relate to.