The Devil’s Thumb and Everest were both memoirs of two men conquering mountains, chasing their dreams, and living to tell the story. The Devil’s Thumb was written Jon Krakauer. Everest was written by Erik Weihenmayer. While both tell a story about climbing mountains, they use different perspectives, use different organizational structures, and use different tone and word choices. The Devil’s Thumb and Everest are great memoirs, tell great stories, both have a lot in common, and a lot of differences.
The reader was taken through a series of battles that demonstrated all of Beowulf’s strengths and character qualities. He was depicted as not only a strong and invincible warrior, but also as a man of strong character. Nonetheless, all of the qualities the author had given to Beowulf throughout the story, meant nothing when it came to his invincibility at the end of the story. One could make the argument that Beowulf’s character was invincible because no matter what he faced, he stayed true to who he was and what he stood for, but as for the idea of his ability to escape mortality, it all disappeared as Beowulf took his final breath laying in the arms of his noble comrade who had come alongside him to defend him in
Whenever people think about hero, oftenly, they will think of soldiers, firefighters or some fictional character like superman and batman. Hero is someone who is noble, and worth people pay respect of. In other words, the word hero and victim are hardly mentioned together. However, in Stephen King’s novel, “Misery”, the character Paul is not only a victim but a truly hero to himself and also to many readers. He escapes from Annie Wilkes, the devil figure, fully based on himself as he is completely isolated from other people.
His self centered disposition, gambling problem, and ultra focus on being a baseball great brought him to that sad juncture within his own family dynamic. Consequently, Jet had to go from being a superstar to a regular guy with a regular job and in the process deal with the demons of his past to get to his better self, his journey carries weight, it is emotion ridden, insightful, gripping, and inspirational, and fraught with moments that will draw a tear as well as make you cheer. Altogether The Backwards K was an excellent read that I found wholly entertaining and enjoyable. Author JJ Herbert is a well honed storyteller, who did a superb job of creating a narrative that instantly draws the reader into the emotion ridden world of Jet Brine.
(Coelho 45 5, Coelho 46 4 9) When santiago losses his money he does not give up he learns and finds a man to help in exchange for food and in the end gets a job that he can do while learning the language of the locals, finding a way to egypt and developing his identity. This job allows him to make money and the strength to carry on in his journey. Later on in his journey he is faced even greater adversity and the same thing happens he is dejected and lost but picks himself up and preservers. “ “he is going to transform himself into the wind, just to demonstrate his powers. If he cant we humbly offer our lives for the honor of the tribe.”
Everything else wore out” (Fitzgerald 8). This statement shows Charlie’s desire to go back in time and fix his mistakes in order to redeem himself and prove that he is truly dedicated to becoming a changed man. It also shows that he realizes what he had done was wrong which was a big change for Charlie as well, giving the fact he spent most of his life drinking and living a bad lifestyle, his decision to give it all up and turn himself around is probably the most important
Consequently, this caused Jonas to experience a massive amount of melancholy that was excruciatingly difficult for one person to hold on to. The more memories Jonas received, the more he was set apart from society, but he began to lose his emotional touch with people when he experienced his first memory of the brutal actuality of pain. Time perceived itself to be a beautiful aspect of life, but the more time Jonas lived, the less he had the will to. Jonas found himself on the sled again, but jubilation was the furthest thing from his mind. “[sled ride]
Weihenmayer has taken many risks of climbing mountains without one of the most important senses, his eyesight. In these two stories, they talk about the struggles of climbing mountains, but also the triumph of reaching their goals. In “The Devils Thumb” by Jon Krakaeur, the perspective is from the view point of a solo climber. In the story it says, “Writing these words more than a dozen years later, it’s no longer entirely clear just how I thought soloing the Devils Thumb would transform my life” (157). This quote is showing that Krakaeur was thinking the dangerous climb would drastically change something about his life, if he climbed the mountain by himself.
Accordingly, one of the biggest contradictions about Dick is how he reacts after the car crash scene. The red eyes are what made most readers foreshadow about what kind of character Dick really was. No normal human being would have their eyes do that and not become enraged. This was the first clue that he was not normal in
Ranger is introduced to the audience as a very intimidating man that will do anything to get his job done. We know that he is very talented through the author’s direct characterization. “He makes apprehensions other agents only dream about. He gets a little creative sometimes, but hey, that’s the way it is with a genius, right”(33), this quote tells the audience that he is very good at what he does and Stephanie could use his help. Throughout Stephanie’s search for Morelli, she gets into some very dangerous situations and without Ranger, she would have never finished the search.
The book keeps you on your toes because when think they are going to escape something happens and the rebels find them once again. I honestly could not put this book down and it was an easy read and would recommend this
He is able to reflect on the ideas and values that he had prior to the jumps, as well as establish a new sense of morality and justice. He becomes a wiser person by expanding his mind and ideas on these subjects. Zits seemed to have been struggling with ideas about revenge, violence, and forgiveness throughout the novel. He was always being hurt by different people, and being that so, he always had a bittersweet outlook on life. The journeys he had and the information he gained from these jumps have made it easy for Zits to transition into
Under the Influence I think that the memoir “Under the Influence was a great read. The speaker is really captivating with lots of great insights of his upbringing. It was also disheartening to hear a child feel confused of his father’s illness and to feel compel to do everything right in order to please his father because he believes his fathers drinking might have something to do with him. The truth of the matter is that this is a daily occurrence in many young children’s lives and in reading this passage I got a better understanding of how this can affect young children.
The first event in the book, the house burning down, started off big and was captivating. It shows the eventfulness of Richard Wright’s life, it pulls us in to read more of it, and introduces the characters of his family. The fire that Richard starts defines his personality right away, rebellious and restless. The first quote shows how reckless and dangerous Richard’s curiosity can be, he was interested in seeing how something would look in flames, not anticipating danger nor thinking of the consequences, doing this all because he was bored. Many of the actions he commits can be attributed to those traits shown in this first event.
It is very ironic because while at the Front, all the men were discussing on what they are planning to do once the get home, but reality is nothing will ever be the same, wherever they go. Paul was the first to exhibit that loss of hope. I agree with the main thesis of this book that war is uncalled for, it is just a game that ruins innocent lives of the young population while the nations that they are fighting for are using them as toys, all just politics. The main thesis of this book is so easily shut down, but all it is is the truth, unfortunately wars are gruesome, gory, and