The Floatacians 1. After escaping Polyphemus, Odysseus and his men looked for food. They were tired, starving, thirsty, and desperate for an island. While sailing through the foggy ocean, Odysseus saw something in the distance. They saw a huge island in the distance.
Clarified in the MDG packet on lines 681-682, “Rainsford hesitated. He heard the hounds then he leaped far out into the sea.” This shows Rainsford has amazing courage to jump 20 feet into the power full, harsh sea
Beowulf’s courageous act during this clash with Grendel arose when Beowulf, “flooded his (Grendel) mind with fear but nothing could take his talons and himself from his (Beowulf) tight grip” (327). This shows Beowulf’s courage of facing the proclaimed “Shepard of Evil” (325) head-on. In The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell states a hero must move out of conventional safety of their own life to undertake a journey and must have an achievement. Beowulf fulfills that trait with ease considering he was born to be extraordinary. In Beowulf, he swims out to open sea with a friend stating, “I swam in the blackness of the night, hunting monsters of the ocean, and killing them one by one; death was my errand and the fate they had earned” (251).
In the text version of “The Most Dangerous Game,” the climax is when Rainsford is chased by Zaroff to the edge of the rocky cliff. He then makes a daring jump, hoping he makes it to the sea and not the sharp rocks below. I am seeing a fifty-fifty chance there, am I right? The film shows that the climax is when Rainsford and Eve are chased behind a cliff by Zaroff. Dogs are steadily jumping on him one by one.
Then he leaped far out into the sea…”(22). Rainford makes a difficult decision by jumping. He can either die to the dogs or take a chance and jump into the ocean. He thinks of how painful it would be to have the dogs bite at him and how quick getting smashed against the rocks would be and he takes a chance. Rainsford survives the jump and swims back to the chateau.
When he first fell off of his yacht and into the water, he wanted to thrash about like an animal and swim crazily back to shore for help, but instead he started swimming “with slow, deliberate strokes, conserving his strength. He began to count his strokes; he could do possibly a hundred more…” (218). So in that moment, Rainsford was able to reason with himself and control his urge to thrash about the water. Instead, he moved with agility. In another instance, when Rainsford was hiding from General Zaroff, he had to convince himself not to regress to those animal-like instincts that he had developed.
“It was the shore of the sea…twenty feet below him [Rainsford] the sea rumbled and hissed. Rainsford hesitated. He heard the hounds. Then he leaped far out into the sea. (12)” Rainsford willingly leaps out into the sea, perhaps to his inevitable death.
Wait… Who am I kidding? I'm never going back to school! All was going good, until I remembered I had absolutely no clue what I was doing. I only vaguely remembered the video they showed at boarding school about boats, in addition to my family for boat rides every month when my father visited my mom and I. I just kept driving to my best ability, but wait- where exactly was I going? Who cares, I'll find a nice little island and live there for the rest of my life hunting.
We approach the final rock, and I try paddling around it. The current is too strong, and I go flying directly over it. My boat flipped over in mid-air, and I am submerged under the water for what felt like an eternity. I make it above the water, just to be hit by the boat coming in behind me. It knocked me right in the head, leaving a bruise.
They trained him to command PT boats that were overhyped by the Navy. Lieutenant Commander John Bulkley used them to “attract aggressive young officers to join the service… [but] Buckley had vastly exaggerated the importance and success of PTs” (87). It also had the potential to take a huge toll on Jack’s health. One sailor said that “riding in a PT was like staying upright on a bucking bronco” (88). Obviously these aren’t ideal recovery conditions for a man who’s had back surgery a few months prior.