Uncovering The Third Man Essay

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While many things distinguish people from one another, there is one thing that links every human being together: destination. No matter how different two people may live their lives, they will both end it with death. Although it is impossible to avoid this destination, could prolonging it be a capability of all human beings? A phenomenon taking over the globe is doing just that, allowing people to see another day even after looking into the eyes of death. Better known as a guardian angel, this phenomenon of what has become to be known as the third man is just that, a guardian angel. As the documentary “The Angel Effect” explains, the name of this miraculous survival tool came from the first time this phantom appeared. Sir Ernest Shackleton’s arctic expedition of 1916 ended with he and his crew trapped in ice for more than ten months. In order to survive, members of the crew must venture into the frigid arctic air for 680 miles to a nearby whaling station. After surviving the journey, Shackleton wrote that there was a mysterious presence guiding them to the safety of the whaling station. Shackleton’s story grows to give the phenomenon the name of the third man (“The Angel Effect”). Since his account years ago, the third man has been reported to have saved lives everywhere. James Sevigny, a mountaineer, once successfully steered his boat away from the rocky shores of death and lived to tell his story with the third man’s help. Years ago, Sevigny found himself climbing deep in the isolated Canadian Rocky Mountains when suddenly an avalanche disrupted the peace of the mountain. As the rushing snow tumbled down the mountain, it threw Sevigny and his partner about 2,000 feet. Eventually, Sevigny awoke to find blood, from his dead friend, splattered throughout the sparkling snow. As he came to, Sevigny found himself on the brink of death. CNN’s article “Near Death, Aided By Ghostly Companion” featuring Sevigny’s story claims, “His back was broken in two places, his knees were busted, and he had internal bleeding. He gave up hope of surviving and curled up in the snow to die” (Blake 1). While Sevigny thought this was the end for him, the third man had other plans for him. As he threw in the towel of life, an odd sensation came over him, and he felt someone behind him. Following this mysterious sensation was a voice that Sevigny told CNN said, “No, you can’t give up. You have to live” (Blake 1). According to Sevigny, the voice was warm and nurturing as it gave him practical advice necessary to survive. While the voice told Sevigny several things, such as, put on your jacket, get water, leave a blood trail, and constant encouragement, he was led by the presence back to his campsite. After arriving to the campsite, three skiers were able to bring Sevigny to safety. As he was rescued, the presence left Sevigny. Looking back on the situation, Sevigny says, “If it wasn’t for the Third Man, I would be dead. There’s no way that I would have the strength to get...

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