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Writing Styles Used By The Early Antarctic Explorers, Taking Into Account Their Unique Situation And Mental Pressures

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Since the first appearance of human curiosity, the species has been exploring itssurroundings. It's a primitive urge that was born with the realization that horizons are not limits,not boundaries, but penetrable veils which need only to be approached to be forced to retreat andgive up its secrets. As the 18th century AD drew to a close, man could barely point a gaze in thedirection of the unknown, for he had already walked, populated, and lived there. Mankind's stillintact thirst for the unknown, constricted and caged by the shrinking world it lived in, needed anoutlet. And so the self-proclaimed civilized world turned its eye toward a land previously onlyseen from ships, a land so ...view middle of the document...

Each man kept anaccount of his journey that is still published today. Aside from nationality, the leaders were verysimilar. Both facing one of the harshest environments on the planet, and each with the same goalin mind, it is not surprising that similarities in their characters surface in their writings. As thetwo traveled closer and closer to their goal, they both wrote of their anticipation and excitement.Neither party knew the position of the other, and whether or not they would be first to the pole,and this increased their worry (Neider, 197-267). Amundsen displays his concern for the prospectof being beaten to the pole by Scott: "none of us would admit that he was nervous but I aminclined to think that we all had a little touch of malady" (Amundsen [Neider], 213). It worriedhim when his dogs "....raised their heads...put their noses in the air, and sniffed due south"(Amundsen [Neider], 213). The diary of Scott himself also displays the same paranoia: "about thesecond hour of the march (party member) Bowers' sharp eyes detected what he thought was acairn...", a cairn they suspected was built by the Norwegians to mark their arrival at the pole(Scott [Neider], 227). The truth was that both were wrong, and although the Norwegians didindeed win the race to the pole, the cairn spotted was an illusion (Shackleton, vii). There similaranxieties for having their dreams ruined are shown clearly in their respective journals.The diaries of Scott and Amundsen aren't completely similar however; the writing stylesare often quite different. A casual, light, and more relaxed record belongs to the Scandinavian.Amundsen's journal reads like a well-polished story, spending time telling anecdotes anddwelling on small, but interesting, details. Constantly jotting down his observations of hiscompanions while they performed small daily tasks such as cutting their beards "...quite shortwith the clipper every Saturday evening..." and "...positively (caressing) the biscuits before they(ate) them" (Amundsen [Neider], 202). This attention to insignificant details gives the reader agood idea of what daily life was like for the adventurers. It can also be interpolated to suggestthat the author was under low levels of stress while he was writing, since his mind seems to beclear of worry and despair. Laid back the whole time, Amundsen had no trouble reaching thepole. This cannot be said for Scott, however. The Englishman, who writes in a rigid, scientificlog-like style, spends little time recording details of his companions, instead writing mostly of hisown thoughts of his situation. Clearly more nervous and anxious about his situation thanAmundsen, he records often his worry: "Last night we all slept well in spite of our graveanxieties", begins Scott's entry on February 13th, 1912 (Scott [Neider], 247). Such worry waswell founded, as every member of the expedition would later be found frozen on the ice. TheBritish explorer's lack of attention in his writings to the small...

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