Analysis Of Into Thin Air By Jon Krakauer

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Even though the phenomenon of nature is uncontrollable, is it man's pride and hubris actions that cause nature to respond with destruction? Reading Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer answers the question as he climbs Mount Everest experiencing many dangerous events as well as loss. Jon Krakauer is a part of a group led by Rob Hall, a famous experienced climber that follow the same schedule as Scott Fischer, a passionate climbing leader that is accompanied by a Sherpa named Lopsang Jangbu. Although they came from all different backgrounds, they do not let that stop them from climbing up to base four. Many people summited with no problems even if they do it at different times, going down was the conflict, they were all trapped by the storm. All but…show more content…
For example, beck lacks caution even though he is “blind in his right eye and able to focus his left eye within a radius of only three or four feet, he started walking directly into the wind deducing correctly that camp lay in that direction”(Krakauer 264). Beck throws caution to the wind as he blindly walks in a random direction; his self confidence lets him believe that he is invincible. Along with mans mistakes come a price to pay and their actions have caused nature to prove its dominance. In addition, Krakauer claims that hall is “A compulsively methodical man, he had elaborate systems in place that were supposed to prevent such a catastrophe. So what happened? How can it be explained not only to the loved ones left behind but to a censorious public?”(Krakauer 284). Halls pride grows with each new year of climbing to the extent that he gives less attention to the safety precautions. Hall is the one to blame as he is who all the climbers held responsible for their lives, putting the upmost trust in him only to be lead to their death. Even though both are responsible for the tragedy on Everest one is held more accountable.
Given these points it is reasonable to determine the fault lies in the man’s actions of pride and hubris. For example, while looking around in the snow, Beidleman and Schoening claim that there are no safe places to hide from the storm. To look for a good hiding place, one must walk and move around instead of just standing and looking to be protected.
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