The Klondike Gold Rush was a hard time for the miners. Many of them set out on a dangerous route to find nothing in the end. The two passages and the one video tell about the gold rush very well, from different point of views. The first passage called Klondike Gold Rush, which tells about how hard the journey was to Dawson City. It states how steep, dangerous, and hazardous the trails were. Many people ended up heading home when they got there. The second passage called A Woman Who Went to Alaska by May Kellogg Sullivan, is about how the government had lots of rules and laws for the miners. Lastly, the video called City of Gold, talks about how their father was a miner in the gold rush. Many of the miners went through
This short story begins with a man making his was through the white show and sleet of Alaska alone. The temperature is chilling and low. He is not scared or concerned in the cool temperatures as he begins his journey. He does not think about the future problems that can reveal because of the frightful situation. He is full of pride and confidence as he thinks that he will face no opposition. He discovers that it is less then fifty degrees out, because when he spits his saliva freezes before it drops to the ground. His main goal is to reach a camp on Henderson Creek where he will meet a few of his friends. He is traveling with a Husky, who is not pleased to be traveling under such chilly weather. Even though the husky does not want to journey,
In the passage from Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Crossing the narrator describes a traumatic incident that happened to a wolf, and the impact it had on the main character. McCarthy’s literary techniques he uses to help show the impact of the experience: is imagery, tone, mood, and figurative language. The impact of the experience is sad but uplifting, watching nature shut down due to the fact an animal had died, similar to how people shut down in a real funeral.
Jack London had been an American novelist and is known for works such as The Call of the Wild, which McCandless greatly admired.
The Effect of Harsh Environment, The Role of Women, and Economical Trade on the Klondike Gold Rush.
London carried with a ease and sureness of perception that appeared also to be “without effort of discovery”- through the ages of fire and roof to the beginnings of animal creation. The theory of racial instinct, that was at the start, through long axons, a very conscious and alert process behavior indeed. This theory, as developed by such figures as Samuel Belter, Bergson or Jung, Similarly, the scene in which Buck finally disposed Spitz as the leader of the team surrounded by the ring of huskies waiting to kill and eat the vanquished king. He was a perfect instance of the ‘son-horde’ theory which Frazer traced in The Golden Bough, and of that primitive ritual to which Freud himself attributed both a sense of original sin and the fundamental
One such person was Carl McCunn who was stranded in the wilderness and ended up taking his own life to avoid slowly starving to death. One of his friends stated that, “...Carl was too laid back. He was a party boy.”(84) This situation had a similar end to Chris’ story there a a bit of a difference between the two men. Chris was able to survive four months in the wilderness before dying, with very few resources to begin with. He also didn’t take his own life because, we can assume, he assumed that was the coward’s way out. It also appears to the reader that Chris, while not prepared in material things, mentally was aware of what he was going to face and was ok with that. However, it appears that Carl, according to his friend, was not completely aware of how harsh the wild could be. Chris appeared accepting of things and had his fair share of people tell him to take more supplies with him and be careful and to make sure he knew what he was doing out there in the wilderness. By showing that compared to others was in fact very well prepared, at least mentally, Krakauer shows his audience that Chris was not crazy; although many of the readers of the original article assumed Chris had a death wish as being
The passage definitely showcases Krakauer’s excruciating journey, even through a mere 35 lines, but also conveys how Krakauer matured as a mountaineer just after seeing one dead body. An “unspoken agreement” is also talked about, which highlights the figurative weight that the climbers must have been carrying during their endeavor. Lastly, through this extract, it becomes evident that climbing a mountain, or facing any challenge in life, is bound to induce a certain maturity and acceptance in everyone. A certain acceptance of the fact that life is hard, and that hard work must be put in to achieve any
St. Cyril of Jerusalem once wrote, “The dragon sits by the side of the road, watching those who pass. Beware lest he devour you. We go to the Father of Souls, but it is necessary to pass by the dragon.” The dragon that he spoke of was temptation that distracts us from God and from the route we are meant to take. In many of Flannery O'Connor's works, including "Good Country People," "A Late Encounter with the Enemy," and "The Displaced Person," the dragon takes the form of pride and vanity. In these three short stories by O'Connor, the characters of Helga, General Sash, and Mrs. McIntyre are all distracted, by their pride and vanity, from reality.
There are many people in the world who deserve to be commended for efforts or accomplishments, and I do not deny that Chris McCandless could be seen as one of them. He did try something new and I commend him for that, however, I do not believe that the manner in which he did so deserves attention and or praise. Chris was not a very considerate person in the way that he left without letting his family know what he would be doing, giving his parents and sister a lifetime of guilt and wondering. He was also not the first, nor the last person to do something like this, and there were many who were much more successful than him in trying to live a life in extreme wilderness conditions. He was naive and unprepared, and ran away from his problems without really thinking through what he was doing to himself, and to the people who loved him.
When people are forced into unbearable conditions, they often must abandon those they love so they can use their strength for their own survival. In the camp, there was a man named Rabbi Eliahou who was there with his son. When they first arrived, they made sure to keep each other very close, as well as they cared for each other. However, after the prisoners went on a long march in freezing temperatures, the rabbi’s son noticed that his father was getting weak. This forced him to make a very difficult decision, which was whether or not to abandon him. The following actions performed by the rabbi’s son are able to be shown with, “...he felt that his father was getting weak, he had believed that the end was near and had fought for the separation in order to get rid of the burden, to free himself which could lessen the chances of his own survival. And he continued to run in the front, letting the distance between them grew greater” (Wiesel 87). This explains how the son abandoned his father while on a death march, all because worrying about him
John Krakauer’s account of the journey of Chris McCandless has inspired many other people to seek out the beauty of nature. Why would a story with such a tragic ending cause others to do exactly what in the end killed McCandless? Perhaps it’s because Krakauer depicts Chris as a hardworking honest young man, who throughout his journey uncovered many truths about life. Maybe it’s because Krakauer includes so many passages talking about the beauty and simplicity of nature. Possibly this inspiration is contributed to because Krakauer chalks the death of McCandless up to chance. Taking the blame off of Chris and making him appear more as an unlucky hero than a foolhardy boy.
Thesis: As this classic work shows, adversity can bring out the worst in the human spirit.
In the movie version of the Cormac McCarthy's the Road. There are several themes that are portrayed in the film such as destruction, death, isolation as well as survival. Some catastrophic events have led to swiping out of innocent lives in the movie. Eve cities are adversely destroyed; plant life and animals are gone. Civilization is also negatively affected with lots of chaos in place. Wherever the man and the boy move to, they find houses that have no roofs while some of them are rotting due to heavy rains and wind.
To Build A Fire is a short tragic tale by Jack London that narrates about a man’s last days on the earth. The story’s protagonist is passing through the sub-freezing land of the Yukon when he becomes the victims of an unforgiving and harsh force of nature. Before embarking on the journey, the man is warned against walking alone on such severe weather conditions and even if his instincts also warn him, he decides to ignore all the signs and his conscience and to follow his ego. He makes several attempts to light a fire but does not make it. It is after several attempts that the man finally gives in to the forces of nature and awaits his now evident death. This paper asserts that in the story To Build A Fire, Jack London compares the man 's ego and powers to the forces of nature by depicting a contest between these two initiated by the man but one that nature always wins.