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Why does Sam Quint smash the CB radio in Jaws?

When Brody goes and tries to call for help on the CB radio, Sam walks over with a club and smashes it but the movie doesn't really do a good job in explaining his actions. Is it because of Sam's history with sharks on the USS Indianapolis, and he feels like calling for help would be the cheap way out? Does he think that since his friends didn't get to call for help so he shouldn't either?

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I feel it was personal and he wanted vengeance based on his experience on the Indianapolis. There have been analysis that his character is based on Ahab in Moby Dickinson. Here is another's analysis. blockbusteranthropology.blogspot.com/2011/01/… –  user22785 Jul 7 at 12:01

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I suspect that it is due to one of the following:

  1. He wants to focus those on board to the task at hand. If there's no hope of help then the only thing they can do is kill the shark.
  2. It's basically a macho thing that says 'I don't need anyone's help'. After all Quint is a loner who basically doesn't ask for help and expects none.

Whichever way, the story would not have been so good if the whole town had turned out to help !

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I actually would consider this happening as a mixture of the two, rather than one or the other. Good answer, Pat. –  Paulster2 Dec 24 '13 at 14:36
    
Quint is such a great movie character. –  ovaherenow Jul 7 at 18:58

I think secretly he never really intended to return ashore if he failed, he felt guilty he survived Indianapolis whilst several if not all of his friends perished. For him, being taken by the shark is like an honourable discharge and he's going down to be reunited with his buddies from WW2.

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