As we read about what unfolded at Everest on May 9 and 10, 1996, there was a tragic disaster that struck every mountaineer on the Earth, a storm that killed 12 climbers and left many more wounded. Today readers seeaw the argument between Jon Krakauer, the author of Into Thin Air, and Anatoli Boukreev, a Russian climber who co-wrote The Climb where they disagreed on events that occured during the disaster. These two books by two survivors of Everest saw and experienced different viewpoints of what transpired in the storm above Camp Four. When we look at who is more persuasive in their books and we tend to observe three key points: their knowledge and expertise in climbing, their character, and their goodwill. But the most credibility of what actually happened on Everest goes to Jon Krakauer who was more convincing in his arguments over Anatoli Boukreev.
In the non-fiction survival story, Into Thin Air, author Jon Krakauer recounts the traumatizing events of his adventure to the Summit of Mount Everest. Krakauer tells of his experiences in depth while attempting the climb and explains how his childhood dream to climb Everest became a grim reality. We follow Krakauer as he ascends the mountain and faces much life altering events, and as he struggles to cope with these experiences afterward. While analyzing their story, readers may wonder why Krakauer’s team and thousands of other thrill seekers would feel compelled to attempt such a painstaking journey. Throughout his experience Krakauer’s outlook on climbing Everest changes from feeling excited for an opportunity to fulfill his childhood ambition, to feeling pain and turmoil as he realizes the consequences of attempting such a feat.
In many timeless stories, the human nature of Hubris has caused the downfall of many a great hero such as Aristotle's Oedipus or Shakespeare’s Prince Hamlet. Hubris is a theme that Jon Krakauer explores in his writing of Into Thin Air, a nonfiction novel depicting a first-hand witness of the tragic disaster on Everest in 1996 that took the lives of 8 human beings. Though the cause of the disaster cannot be pinpointed, it is reasonably explained by two human phenomenons: the principle of hubris and the principle of blind ambition. By reducing competition on the mountain -- and equally as importantly -- by enforcing rules, not guidelines, and thus reducing blind ambition, the severity of these issues could be reduced in the future and climbing
Mount Everest deserves respect, however, people lack the knowledge behind the climb. Mount Everest is torture for some and it take great ability to accomplish such mountain. The mountain is a physical challenge but a mental challenge as well. Few people lack the mental part when hitting
Mountains are everywhere, we are surrounded by them. People who take the time to incorporate in their lives and physically climb these mountains are yet the most courageous. Climbing these mountains reveals the physical power of a person, whether they fail or not. Erik Weihenmayer, who is a blind man, exposed his power to do what any man is capable of doing; he climbed the Mount Everest Summit. Through this, Weihenmayer demonstrated confidence, braveness, and ambition. Another gifted human, Helen Keller, once said, "No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." This displays the very mind set any individuality a person should prevail to accomplish such achievement
Krakauer’s first person accountancy of the disaster puts forth the argument that trust and loyalty are the key elements and perseverance, and the key to survival. Through his own personal experiences, Krakauer highlights the intended purpose of the novel and sets numerous tones. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled countless people, including himself, to ignore the concerns of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer 's eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular
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
A writer’s style is exclusive only to him or her. It is what sets them apart from each other and makes them memorable. An author’s style can be a potent tool, but it is subject to change based on a number of factors. Jon Krakauer, a critically acclaimed writer, is praised for his journalistic and narrative writing styles in books such as Into Thin Air and Missoula. The polarity between these books required Krakauer to change his approach while still keeping the fundamentals of what makes him unique.
The first reason was that he wanted to document a climb on Mount Everest because he was already a serious climber. He had climbed since he was eight years old. that many people would not take into consideration. Jon climbed the Devil’s Thumb in Alaska, which is another major mountain similar to Mount Everest. His next journey and lifelong goal was to climb Mount Everest. Jon had always dreamed about climbing Mount Everest, but many consequences came along with what his dream was. Jon’s second reason for going up Mount Everest was that a magazine company, Outsider Magazine, gave him the opportunity to write an article about his journey. To climb Mount Everest it costs 35,000 dollars, which Jon thought was way too much money for such a high risk. He was not going to take the job, but the company offered to pay all 35,000 dollars for him to write the article. The article for Outsider Magazine helped him further write the book, Into Thin Air. The final reason for Jon writing his book is to inform the readers of Outsider Magazine what it is like to climb Mount Everest. He wanted to explain to others how dangerous and the intensity of the climb. The climb that Jon participated in is the second most dangerous climb up Mount Everest. Jon had a variety of reasons for writing the book which eventually became a national number one
I recently sat down and read Philp Hoarse inadequate “article” on why we shouldn’t be allowed to climb the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. Philp’s naïve notions have caused me to take serious offense to this as I am engrossed in the world of extreme sports. He says our desire to explore and feel like we belong in this world, is it really not up to par?
Jon Krakauer, known to have written the novel Into Thin Air, described his experience participating in the 1996 Mount Everest Expedition.
Krakauer also sees some climbers who have paid as much as $65,000 to join a guided group that would lead them to the summit. Krakauer makes the point that high-altitude climbing is dangerous even for the most veteran of climbers let alone for any novice group member. The author outright states that some of the novices were not qualified to climb Mount Everest. Because of this situation, Krakauer witnessed experienced guides taking on more responsibility than usually would be necessary. As the climb on the way to the summit the author as well as many of his group mates experience the painful experience associated with climbing such as agonizing headaches, loss of strength, and loss of brain cells. The team also witness other injuries and deaths in other guided groups that remind them that climbing Everest is not
In the article, “Anatoli Boukreev ( Responds to Krakauer ), Anatoli Boukreev disputes the topic of his critical, odd decisions and actions on Mount Everest on May 10,1990. He argues that he was indeed experienced, he had to move forward to retrieve help or else he would have died along with the rest of the climbers, he did not need oxygen since he was already adapted to the extreme cold weather, and in fact that he was well dressed for the climate.
According to Britannica, Mount Everest is the tallest mountain that stands at 29,029 feet. Two authors by the name of John Krakaeur, and Erik Weihenmayer both share their personal experiences on how they surmounted their dreams. These men are unremitting, hardworking, and accepting. They both risked their lives in order to conquer what has never been done before. Although it seems illusory, their actions are mesmerizing. Both authors have their own perspectives from which they view and take actions.
Many people over the years have successfully climbed everest without damage done to them. MT. Everest is the largest mountain in the world standing at 20,029 feet. Although many people have climbed everest most forget those who have to climb everest the most of all them, the sherpas. Sherpas are the ones who assist tourists on their way up the MT. Everest and also help them return if the westerners are not fit to continue the journey up everest. But after all their hard work the nepalese gov have not treated the sherpas with the respect they deserve.