Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Is this an adventure?
I cannot help to think that this story is more of a survival tale than an adventure. I feel the distinction is whether or not it is dependent on maintaining homeostasis or not. None of the other stories that we have read revolve around characters risking their lives for any reason other than self accomplishment or thrill seeking. None of the other stories that we have read were initially performed out of necessity, but became an adventure as things turned for the worse. The men aboard Saint Anna were there because whaling and venturing offered them as a source of livelihood. True, they knowingly risked their lives, but something tells me that they were not presented with the same opportunities to avoid such dangerous situations that all of out other protagonists have encountered in their lives. Albanov's tale is truly amazing, but it is not an adventure. He left the ship in the icepack because he knew that he would die if he did not. To me this is not an adventure, but a struggle for survival.