Monday, April 8, 2013

Pirates vs. Zombies (Immunity Assumed)

Pirates vs. Zombies (Immunity Assumed)

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             Yargh!!! Pirates of the 1700’s were the definition of true bad-assary. Defying their governments and looting to live, living on the ocean most of their natural lives and working through the ranks of their ship most faithful. Pirate versus pirate, pirate versus people, or pirate versus Mother Nature; any way you look at it, you know it is going to be one epic showdown. So therein lays the question. Assuming full immunity from Solanum (the virus which will be explained in depth later), would Pirates put up one hell of a fight, or would they be desecrated just like the rest of us? In this paper you will find a few different arguments, information regarding the type of zombie outbreak being contended with, and [hopefully] the solidification that pirates are indeed a group not to be messed with.
            The type of zombie that will be discussed during this essay will be that of the zombies described my Max Brooks in both of his books, World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide. In these books, the zombies are less of the risen dead that were portrayed in 80’s films, but they are more so living humans that became infected with the Solanum virus. This virus affects the living by using the brain to replicate itself. In the process of replication, all other bodily functions stop. This includes the heart which therefore renders the infected as “dead.”("The Zombie Survival Guide" 2) The reason that these zombies are considered “the living dead” is because even though they are dead by definition, their brains still work. This, however, does not make them human anymore. Humans are defined on their ability to act with free will. All zombies in this case, lack that ability. These zombies do however have a few special attributes that make them formidable foes. The best example of this is the fact they do not require oxygen to continue “living.” Because of this they are able to go places where a normal human would most likely die of either poisoning or drowning. Another special attribute is that zombies rely on all of their sense equally ("The Zombie Survival Guide" 6). This makes them more tuned in when it comes to finding their next victim. Another huge advantage that zombies have is that they no longer feel pain. The virus ends up killing most of the pain receptors in the skin. Because of this zombies do not tire, feel pain, or know if they are touching something or not ("The Zombie Survival Guide" 6). Even though this is one of their greatest strengths; it is also one of their greatest weaknesses, especially when it comes to avoiding things such as fire or caustic chemicals. Another one of the only disadvantages that zombies face is the fact that they are always decomposing.
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more active they are (i.e. aggressive), the faster that their bodies break down and decompose. All of these attributes are what add up to make zombies such formidable foes. Not only do they have large numbers on their side, but they also will never stop until then physically can’t move anymore.
            Pirates of the 1700’s were truly iconic and they are still widely popular today. Unlike that of common belief today, the pirates that we know and love are somewhat fictional. Most of the
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pirate culture that we know comes from the book Treasure Island by Robert Louis. However many of the stories that are told are based on true events. Piracy originally started near Tortuga in the mid 1700’s. Pirates are a very cunning group of people. They may have started out as rebels trying to get their way, but by the end of the Golden Ageof Piracy they had become survival experts. They fought for survival by looting and pillaging other villages and boats. Contrary to popular belief, many pirates didn't loot for the gold. They usually looted necessities for survival such as: food, clothing, water, and ship supplies. According to Peter Leeson, pirates exhibited a somewhat sophisticated economic culture among each ship. Once loot was found, it was usually divided among the ship based on status. This was helpful in keeping the ships in order and helped to keep riots from breaking out. All of these things helped aid in pirates mastery of survival towards the end of the Golden Age of Piracy. Not only were pirates brutes when it came to getting what they wanted they also were very cunning and excelled in a few attributes. Pirates were great at hand to hand combat. This is mainly due to the fact that firearms and gun powder were in short supply for the average pirate, so in turn, swords were a pirate’s best friend.
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Another huge attribute that pirates 
excelled in was rationing. Pirates were able to survive for months on end out at sea because of their rationing skills. The reality is that pirates only needed to come ashore once every couple months to resupply, and by resupply they would pillage. Pirates could also survive on islands just as well as on their ships. Islands offered a break from the constant swaying of the ship and sometimes even offered fresh water. One of the few disadvantages that pirates faced was that they were constantly being hunted by various governments. They also lacked cleanliness because they did only come ashore once every couple months. Because of this, disease spread easily through the crews.
            Now, let a situation be set up and then facts will be filled in soon after. This situation is not to say that pirates would be better
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than anyone else in the same situation, but simply to inform that
 they would be great candidates for survival. This situation was made up through the imagination of myself and through the inspiration of various works such as: 28 Days Later, Left 4 Dead, Treasure Island, and Pirates of the CaribbeanThe time period is irrelevant and the setting is a coastal region, for these purposes we will use the Caribbean as our location. The Solanum virus has infected most of the known world and few remain immune. There is a rogue group of pirates that own a ship and they are all immune. They are currently residing on a deserted island. The pirates have full knowledge of what is going on in the world and they also know that being out on the ocean or on a deserted island are the best places to be during this apocalyptic era ("The Zombie Survival Guide" 91). Their vast knowledge of seafaring and ocean survival will prove to be the pirate’s biggest advantage when faced with the almost everlasting outbreak of zombies. Unfortunately for the pirates and favorable for the zombies, the pirates must go ashore soon to restock on supplies such as food and fresh water. The pirates knowing full well that going to shore cannons hot will only attract more zombies and end up bring them to their doom, so the pirates do what pirates do best and stealthily sail close to shore. They then get into their boats and start paddling as quietly as possible to the beach.
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Once they are beached 
they draw swords so as to be fully prepared for any wandering zombies. The sneak to the nearest city and begin in their search for essentials. Unfortunately it is not long until the hoard of zombies is aware of the fresh meat present and start to limb their way towards the pirate’s location. One pirate makes the mistake of going into a building alone and suffers the consequences. The hoard having smelt the fresh kill starts searching more diligently. The pirates still searching have no choice but to keep pushing farther into the city, closer to the hoard. The pirates find a huge cache of weapons, food, clothing, and water so they stop and start loading up all of their sacks. Little do they know that they are slowly being surrounded by the zombies. Soon all hell breaks loose. The captain signals to start retreating but it is too late. Four more pirates are claimed by the relentless zombies. Lucky for the rest of the group, their swordsmanship allows them to fend off enough of them to get a good head start on the oncoming hoard. The clash of swords tearing through the rotting flesh has unfortunately caught the attention of more zombies. The pirates run as fast as they can back to their boats.
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to their dismay, they find wandering zombies waiting on the beach. Quickly before the pursuing zombies have time to catch up and before the wandering ones notice, the pirates line the edge of the sand with some precious oils. After laying their cunning trap they pursue the wandering zombies with firearms bore. The quickly and easily take care of the few zombies on the beach and get in the raft and head to the ships. As they are paddling away the hoard reaches the beach. The captain takes his pistol and fires it where the oil lays. It ignites and starts many of the zombies ablaze. As the pirates reach the ship, the captain commands the remaining men to arm the cannons and fire at the beach. The crew fires until ceasefire is called and then they pull anchor and head for their home island with all of the supplies they will need to survive for at least a full month. Much rum was shared that evening for their victory on land and in memory of the men lost.

            As you just read the pirates came out “victorious.” This is mostly due to their advantage in hand to hand combat and running away. The reality of the situation, however, is that they will most likely not be victorious forever. As far as this group of pirates are concerned, they can keep on doing what they are do best for the rest of their natural lives. Pirates have a clear upper hand is survival for their various skills including: rationing, seafaring, and hand to hand combat. Even though the risk of losing men is always the case with relentless zombie masses, pirates stand a great chance of survival as long as they keep to the sea. 
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Work Cited
Brooks, Max. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. New York: Three Rivers, 2006.
Brooks, Max. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the living Dead. New York:
                  Three Rivers, 2003. Print
Leeson, Peter T. "Pirational Choice: The Economics of Infamous Pirate Practices."Sciverse.
                 Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Dec.2010.Web. Apr. 2013.
Stevenson, Robert Louis, and Eleanor Lewis. Packer. Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.
                   Racine, Wisc.: Whitman Pub.,1934.Print

1 comment:

  1. 1.) Does your partner’s essay identify a contemporary problem? What is the problem as they describe it? Do they offer a new understanding or a possible solution to the problem? What is the new understanding or solution offered? If as a reader you are having trouble understanding the problem or solution, how might your partner clarify their position?

    The author is asking the question, Could pirates be a viable survivor to a zombie attack. Even though it's not a problem per say it is a scenario. He goes through this scenario showing how pirates could in fact survive a zombie attack.

    2.) Does the argument identify different sources, pieces of information, and points of view, and do they explain why they are important to the audience and argument? Do you know of any points of view or missing pieces of information that you feel might help their argument?

    Uses different sources and explains what they do to help identify the problem and solution. By using what the books and sources say about zombies and pirates and he can foreshadow to see how well they would do against each other.

    3.) Does your partner build connections between pieces of information from multiple sources (taxis)? Does the argument seem original or unique to the author? What kind of persona does your partner craft (formal, semi-formal, informal), and is their persona appropriate for their argument (Decorum)?

    The argument seems original and he engulfs what I seem to think is a very informal persona which works perfectly for a zombie/pirate themed paper.

    4.) Does the essay employ rhetorical appeals (logos, ethos, pathos, kairos, color, hue, realism, impressionism, chunking, etc.) in a way that you feel is appropriate for the argument? Is there any advice you have to offer of ways to improve the rhetorical appeal of their argument?

    There doesn't seem to be very much rhetorical appeal in the paper. It looks like it is more summary and using the summary to say if the pirates could fend for themselves.

    5.) Does the essay use multiple modes (video, images, audio, text), and do they help support the argument? Are the other modes of communications functional and effective?

    Uses images to set the mood of the essay and they seem to do a pretty good job of doing this. Maybe trying to find a video of a zombie/pirate fight could help with the overall view of the essay.

    6.) Does your partner’s essay use hyperlinks as citations for electronic sources, and do they work correctly? Are print resources cited in MLA format with a print works cited page at the end of the blog?

    Works cited page looks good. Doesn't use hyperlinks but he said that he had gotten to it yet.