Answer the following poll question and tell us why you chose you answer in the comments section.
Also tell us what you think it was that helped these people survive their situations.
Posted by jacksonbates on August 9, 2011 in Year 11 English
August 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm
Although Ralston and the MIR astronauts faced situations that I would never dream of having to survive, I feel that Mawson faced a tougher ordeal if for no other reason than the timeline over which this ordeal took place. Ralston was spurred on by a vision when facing his moment of death and the MIR team were able to spur each other on as a group with help from NASA (most of the time) when they faced theirs. Mawson, however, had no such vision and lost his comrades along the journey. He was then forced to eat his only remaining source of companionship. Each leg of Mawson’s ordeal meant greater challenges to overcome, whereas both Ralston and the MIR crew faced one problem only.
August 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm
Pretty sure i justified my answer in class today with Eunice so… you know why. Plus Mrs Lockett was in our group and she has a great explanation of our groups thoughts 🙂
August 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm
Ah yes, but I thought this excercise was about posting your PERSONAL thoughts – not your group pov! Using what Mrs L recorded for your group as your response is a bit of a cop-out as it means that you haven’t actually completed the requirements of the task. I think everyone would be enriched by hearing your personal views on the subject as they were very deep and insightful :o)
August 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm
If survival means the living inspite of circumstances, then Douglas Mawson proved to be the toughest survivour. He had the most potential to die repeatedly throughout his trip, the abrupt loss of first Ninnis, then the detioration of Mertz, the mental struggle of persevering through his loss of supplies and the physical impact in had on him. Every step he had to take through those blizzards to a boat he didn’t know was even there, was an effort for survival. Aron Ralston, comparitively, had a greater motivation to survive because he knew there was a world he could return to if he did. The astronauts on Mir were also strengthened by companionship.
August 13, 2011 at 4:49 pm
I’m pretty sure Angelos is right…but I shall justify my answer again (: Survival does go deeper than just the physical – emotionally surviving may be even harder. But when the two are combined, along with the fact that a person may not have any solid motivation to keep going, this type of survival must outweigh everything else. Mawson was not only in one of the world’s harshest environments, he lost his two companions, had to watch one of them practically go mental, he lost most of his supplies and had no reason to hope that help would be waiting for him when he reached the end. Not only did his physical injuries hinder him, but emotionally it would have been extremely challenging to cope for so long in such a place. Ralston had to go through many of these hardships but not nearly at the same scale or as simultaneously as Mawson.
August 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm
This may be a late reply but better late then never. I think Ralston had it the worst because he was stuck under a rock for about 6 days pretty much awaiting death to come upon him and take his life. He also wasn’t really prepared for what he had gotten himself into. It’s not that he wasn’t aware of the risks because he was, he assumed there weren’t going to be many risks. He assumed that this were going to be an easy hike and that he would be up and down in no time. Unfortunately he came across a slight complication that meant he was not prepared for a longer stay. Ralston overcame some difficult physical obstacles such as having to cut his arm off and the physical struggle to do everything he had planned to do with only one bleeding hand. Furthermore, his mental survival was quite extreme too. The things that must have been going through his mind when he realised that his only chance of survival meant he had to cut off his arm would really have to be an emotional struggle in itself. Though many of the other survival stories meant they had to go through a lot, I believe they were not as mentally and physically challenging as what Ralston had to go through.
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