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Nathaniel Philbrick

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Nathaniel Philbrick, Epilogue he Essex disaster ... is a tragedy that happens to be one of the greatest true stories ever told. Sources: The Guardian,, New York Times Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Self-Preservation People will do anything to survive, even resort to cannibalism. Man vs. the Natural World Sailors freely plundered sea life without remorse. Capitalistic Greed Employers cut costs by undersupplying ships and underpaying crew. Main Ideas Sickly second mate; influences Captain Pollard with bad advice and is the first to die Matthew Joy Teenaged cabin boy; survives the ordeal to write his account more than 50 years later Thomas Nickerson Overconfident first mate; fails to kill the whale but proves an able leader Owen Chase First-time captain of the Essex; makes a fateful bad decision about which way to sail Captain Pollard Main Characters A sailor, journalist, editor, and author, Philbrick has written a number of nonfiction historical accounts, many with sea themes. He received the 2000 National Book Award for In the Heart of the Sea, which was adapted into a motion picture in 2015. NATHANIEL PHILBRICKBORN 1956 Author A crew of 21 men sets out from Nantucket to hunt sperm whales, but only eight return alive after a giant sperm whale sinks their ship. The stress of surviving in open boats reveals race and class divisions among the men, as well as the extremes to which people will go to live. A Whale AttackTests Human Limits OVERVIEW Divided by the whale attack, the crew are rescued in various circumstances. February–April 1821 Crewmen begin dying, and the survivors resort to cannibalism to survive. January–February 1821 A sperm whale sinks the Essex, forcing the crew to flee in separate boats. November 20, 1820 English Original Language 2000 Year Published Nathaniel Philbrick Author In the Heart ofthe Sea History Nonfiction

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