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I chose to review John Updikes Review It Was Sad from theOctober 14th issue of The New Yorker In the review Updike examinesseveral works concerning the tragedy of the Titanic He cites these works Ifeel to support his own opinion about the event and the different accounts ofwhat really happenedUpdike spends some time disproving the belief that the upper classmale passengers heroically sacrificed their own seats on the lifeboats forthose less fortunate than themselves He even points out who he feels arethe real heroes in this catastrophe This shows he is writing from a moralperspective relating to these worksHe definitely takes the position of the lower class of American societyas this time in history and even brings up the topic of racism and sexism inthe recall of the event It seems that the ships crew and the lower classpassengers were the most courageous in the eventful two and half hours ittook for the ship to totally go under He provides quotes from the variousselections one being the statistics of death by class These statistics showthat in actuality more of the upper class passengers survived than the lowerclasses by both percentage and total people Updike also examines in depth the cultural effect of the sinking of theTitanic The thought that a ship declared unsinkable going down on its firstvoyage was at the very least shocking to the public Who could look atinvention and progress in the same way Updike seems to point out that thepublic at this time is naive and quick to make idealistic judgmentsHe also refers to the passengers moral standpoints describing thedecisions they made not only during the ships final hours but also during thewhole trip To further prove his point he gives the testimony included in oneof the books concerning a Senator who heard the screaming of the sufferingpassengers but made no attempt to rescue them The people on that half filledlife boat refused to return for other offering the excuse that
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