Shackleton's Passage Analysis

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In Chapter one of Part three Shackleton orders his men to leave three dead seals on the ice. The majority of the crew disagreed with Shackleton’s decision to ignore a potential source of food, but Shackleton had two good reasons for his complex decision. To understand Shackleton’s decision, one must first understand the gravity of the situation. Macklin wrote; “If we cannot get away very soon our position will become a very serious one, for if it comes to traveling in autumn to Paulet by sledge, where will we get food for the dogs and food for ourselves… The seals will have disappeared for the winter, and we may have to undergo some trials of Greely” (126). Having studied past expeditions, Shackleton also knew about the Greely expedition. On
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