For as long as anyone can remember, people have dreamed of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest. During May of 1996, an expedition set out to Nepal to attempt a climb up Mt. Everest. By the end of this expedition to the top of Everest, many climbers lost their lives due to the brutal weather. In Jon Krakauer’s novel Into Thin Air, he takes readers through the story of the expedition, and he talks about the climbers who died. Among the list of the dead was a man named Doug Hansen. Doug worked two different jobs to afford to go on the trip to Everest, and was making his second attempt to reach the summit of Everest. Doug came back to Everest to try and reach the summit for the first time. Because Doug failed to reach the summit on his first attempt, I argue that Doug Hansen’s primary motivation …show more content…
In Gavin Carter’s article Between Nothing and Everything, he said “Why people climb mountains is the subject of frequent speculation, and once one steers clear of the red herring ‘because it’s there’, one tends to land on the notion that it has something to do with constructing, embodying and communicating meaning- for oneself or for others” (15). Since this quote talks about how someone either climbs Everest for themselves or someone else for a personally reason, it fits Doug because he climbs Everest for himself. Since Doug climbs Everest because he did not reach the peak the previous year, he proves that he only wants to climb Everest for himself. Ever since the day he could not reach the summit of Everest, Doug only thinks about climbing to the summit of Everest, and fights through extreme injuries (like the frozen larynx and frostbite) to reach the summit. In a way, Everest is a part of Doug because the thought of Everest never left him, and he died after reaching the one goal he
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Jon Krakauer is looking to fulfill a childhood ambition by finally climbing Mount Everest. After being assigned to write a brief piece about the mountain for Outside magazine, Krakauer manages to convince his bosses to fund a full-fledged expedition to the top. Bold. Krakauer is climbing with Adventure Consultants, a commercial group led by experienced climber Rob Hall. The journalist befriends several members of his group, such as Andy Harris, a guide, and Doug Hansen, a fellow client and postal worker back home.
Mountain climbing is a very tough activity that includes years of training before someone is ready to complete an exhilarating climb. Looking around the world, there are many amazing places to climb. Although two of the most difficult and intense climbs include the Devil’s Thumb in Alaska and Mount Everest, the tallest mountain on earth. “Everest,” by Erik Weihenmayer and “The Devils Thumb,” by Jon Krakauer have some similarities and some differences in terms of the author’s perspective, organization structure, and tone and word choice. As the two authors wrote, they showed their struggles and feats of every situation through words.
Many of them are inexperienced and would undoubtedly never make it to the top without a guide. The one unifying characteristic shared by all of the climbers is that they have money—enough to shell out $65,000 a piece for their shot at the top. Krakauer spends long chapters giving his best, most educated guesses about why climbers made certain decisions, and what happened to the people who disappeared. This is an exercise that must result in major frustration, as no one can be entirely sure what took place. Many mistakes later, Krakauer manages to piece together an outline of what happened to whom and when during the climb, but the questions he struggles with in almost every situation are "why" and "how".
All in all, the author manages to balance out his appeal to emotion with the intense sequences of his journey up Mount Everest. Describing how sad he was when he saw his teammates buried in the snow ice cold, and also rescuing one of his teammates, only to see him die a few minutes later from severe
Into Thin Air is a gripping and haunting account of the tragic events that unfolded during the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, written by Jon Krakauer. In this book, Krakauer, who is a mountaineering journalist, vividly recounts his harrowing experience as a member of one of the most infamous expeditions. Krakauer provides a gripping story that not only details the events of the disaster but also explores the dangers of mountaineering, the motivations of those who attempt it, and the impact which experiences can have on individuals. The need for a confident and helpful leader is one of the most sought-after things since it is important to the climber’s survival. Although a good leader might be hard to find when people are presented with a difficult
, it is important to note that the characters portrayed in this book are real people. The unique conditions and the weather of the setting forced the climbers to make choices that they could not have made in a different situation. The tough choices made by the climbers and the setting influenced the result of the story. Krakauer’s tone for the most part is respectful toward the guides and climbers, and he narrates as objectively as possible, while including his own concerns and doubts. His tone in the beginning expresses excitement and nervousness, but later turns into
Krakauer ends Into Thin Air by appealing to logos in order to develop an argument which explains the deaths of Scott Fischer, the leader of an expedition ascending Everest at the same times as the Adventure Consultant’s expedition, and Yasuko Namba, a client of Adventure Consultants. In the final chapters of the book, many of the survivors are faced with the decision. of whether or not to save their nearly dead team mates. Krakauer argues that attempting to rescue the injured survivors like Fischer and Namba, would needlessly jeopardize the lives of the other climbers. Including this argument helps Krakauer establish the motives of the surviving climbers.
Krakauer explains how following the discovery of Everest as the highest mountain in the world, the journey to the top would take the lives of 24 men, the efforts of 15 expeditions and the passage of 101 years before someone would finally reach the summit. This demonstrates how all though the expedition to the top was not easy, and would require the lives of many men, people would not stop trying because that is human nature. Not all people climb Mt. Everest in their lifetime, but most people, if not all, work hard to achieve something or be successful. Whether that success may be in their professional life, their personal life, or anything else, Mt. Everest can symbolize all of it. It symbolizes a journey to success and relates to the theme of humans natural drive and passion to pursue what they want.
And there’s not enough of it in my opinion” (Smith 8). He decided that he will take risks to experience the mystery and the exhilarating experience that climbing entails. Another example is when Peak decides to climb Mount Everest, even though he knows the risks involved. His love to climb and poor decision-making drives the plot for Peak to end up on Everest. When Peak gets to meet with his real dad for the first time in years, the author decides to have a part where Peak’s dad is setting up the climbing trip without Peak knowing.
Into the Wild “‘ He was unheeded, happy and near to wild heart of life. ’”Christopher McCandless, pseudonym Alexander Supertramp makes the daunting decision to go off grid and live a nomadic lifestyle. Author Jon Krakauer uses fervent diction and descriptive imagery to depict McCandless’s turning point in his life and beyond to his final days in the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer choses a specific tone to narrate the story, not far from a hypercritical sense.
The passage in question is taken from Jon Krakauer’s personal account of his endeavour to summit Everest in 1996, and it is a description of Jon Krakauer’s experiences while at approximately 21,000 feet on the mountain itself. The book is called Into Thin Air, and was published a mere year after the tragedy that struck the team headed by Rob Hall, the founder of a mountaineering agency: Adventure Consultants. In this specific extract, Krakauer uses vivid imagery and similes in his description of the surroundings to show the obvious peril that climbing the most formidable peak on the planet entails. Additionally, he deploys diction that conveys his initial shock when he sees the corpses, as opposed to the other climbers, who seemed to be fairly
Many things could go wrong climbing the highest mountain in the world with an elevation of 29,029 ft. 12 people died climbing Mount Everest. No is responsible for those death. The climbers had chosen to climb the mountain. In the novel it states, “Hall was charging $65,000 a head to guide clients to the top of the world” (Krakauer 35). This shows that a person is willing to pay to go through so much pain, risk and sickness to summit the top of the world.
The book Into Thin Air is a book that outlines the Mount Everest disaster, as factually correct it can. However, there is a person that is too blame for this disaster to happen. The main person responsible for the deaths of the Mount Everest disaster was Robert Hall. However, that does not mean Robert Hall was the only one at fault. Ultimately the blame falls on Ang Dorje, Robert Hall, and Ian Woodall, each for their own reasons, and ultimately Hall, and Fisher were responsible for the others.
The story Peak is based on a fourteen year old boy who attempts to climb to the summit of Mount Everest. After changing his life by moving to Nepal with his dad, he was climbing with the goal of being the youngest person to reach the summit and bear more attention to his dad's company. Throughout this book, a lot of person vs nature conflict is explored through the text and is
Noted for her prominence in a number of Colorado’s climbing associations, Agnes Vaille was the first woman to successfully scale the east face of Longs Peak, which ultimately cost her her life. In James Pickering’s section of Western Voices: 125 Years of Colorado Writing, titled “Tragedy on Longs Peak: Walter Kiener’s Own Story,” the tragedy of Agnes Vaille is recounted by her climbing companion Walter Kiener, who had imparted the story to Charles Hewes. Kiener’s tale reminisces the harrowing nature of Vaille’s death on Longs Peak and the struggle to retrieve her frozen body, which resulted in the death of Herbert Sortland, the caretaker at the Longs Peak Inn. However traumatic this story, Hewes had chosen not to include it in his autobiographical journal that was published six years after her death. Detailed in Pickering’s report is the recovery of Kiener’s story, the nature of Vaille’s death, and who was responsible for Vaille and Sortland’s deaths, as well as the controversies surrounding each issue.