Comparing The Devil's Thumb, By Jon Krakauer

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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. With those words, they created visual images for the reader and enhanced their imagination of the journey.
In “The Devil’s Thumb,” the author’s prospective in the story is determination. Throughout the story, Krakauer explains the importance of making it to the top. Krakauer stated, “Most of all, I couldn't stomach the thought of having to endure the
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As the author writes, it comes clear to the reader of how much completing this climb means to him and how determined he is to go through with it and conquer the climb, but he also shows his excitement throughout the journey. “Wind and horizontal snow takedown our suits and covered us with a layer of ice,” one example stated by Weihenmayer that the climb was very difficult, but the team had to push through with determination. Throughout the story, Weihenmayer explains every tough situation of the climb, like this one, that he had to struggle to overcome. He continues to push through to complete the climb because of his determination and with every obstacle conquered his excitement is visible. As Weihenmayer stated, ‘“We’re on the top. I can’t believe we’re on the top,’” is an example of the excitement showed after completing the climb. By saying this, the reader can feel the joy and excitement of the

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