Day 5

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is an “active-passive” approach to survival? When and why is it crucial?

    An active-passive approach is important in the case of long-term survival for psychological reasons. Events can be gradual and painful and, after a certain point, somewhat out of the survivors’ control. The strategy of this approach is seeing passivity as a deliberate action and finding strength in that. By the end of Chase’s journey, it was the only thing he and his men could do.

  2. 2

    Whom did the Nantucketers back home believe to be the only Essex survivors? Why did they believe this?

    The story of Pollard and Ramsdell was the one that made it to Nantucket first, in the form of a...

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