Peak Character Arc
Life has many important lessons that are best learned through experience. For example, one must realize how to learn from their mistakes and take responsibility for the poor decisions they make. In the novel Peak, Peak sneaks onto skyscrapers to climb them. Because this is illegal, Peak keeps himself hidden and climbs to the top. When he gets there, he spray-paints the roof with his signature tag. Peak is a disobedient and selfish teen that does not listen to other people's input. Climbing makes Peak feel alive, and he will do anything, even risk his life, to climb. Whether it’s a skyscraper or Mount Everest, Peak is going to want to get to the top. Peak wants to summit Mount Everest, in order to do this, Peak needs to learn …show more content…
Smith uses Peak to help advance the plot through his thoughts, actions, decisions, and changes throughout the novel. At the start of the novel, Smith introduces Peak as a somewhat selfish, disobedient, and ignorant teen. However, by the time the novel ends, Peak is hardworking, trusting others, and making good decisions. When he first starts to show development, the plot is advanced by Peak's bad decisions and rebellious acts and the consequences that these acts will have. For example, after Peak climbed the building, he thought, “The mystery, that’s the point. 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. As Peak is being developed, so is the plot. Roland Smith uses
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Into Thin Air is a non fiction book written by Jon Krakauer which shows the dangers and challenges of climbing this almighty mountain known as Everest. In this extract, he emphasizes on the uncertainty the mountain offers and how the higher you go, the more fatigue will start hitting in. Jon Krakauer’s emphasis on the dangers and difficulties on climbing Everest, purposeful use of diction as well as also contrasting the dangers with beauty, deeply portrays how even in the toughest of times, people should always see the positives and in this scenario he admires the beauty Everest brings. Krakauer reiterates the difficulties/dangers of climbing Everest and how you have to adapt to any obstacles that might come your way.
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These are some struggles he has faced the day he decided to climb Mount Everest. Those topics I mentioned previously are significant because everyone has choices whether they want to go out with friends or stay in to do their homework to be prepared for school the following day or in Krakauer’s case spend weeks climbing a mountain or not.
During the preparation and trip leading up to the summit, many climbers became aware of the dangerous surroundings and circumstances that were inevitable to avoid while hiking Mount Everest. One of the climbers Doug Hansen would have not been able to afford the expedition had it not been for the elementary students of his town that sold t-shirts to go towards the high price of the trip. He could not bare to disappoint the children that sponsored him and fail to reach the summit a second time in his life. It was simply unacceptable to give up and turn around to Hansen. This kind of pressure to excel made Hansen push beyond his physical limits.
Jon starts out in the beginning of the book describing how he wants to climb Mount Everest. Many people have climbed simply,” Because it is there” (Mallory, 15). George Leigh Mallory made that comment after being asked by a newspaper reporter, why he wanted to climb. Jon describes climbing as a culture characterized by intense competition.
In 1996, 29,029 feet above sea level, a expedition to climb Earth's largest mountain went horribly wrong. In the autobiography, Into Thin Air, eight climbers lost their lives trying to descend from the top of the world making this the second worse fatality rate ever to occur on Mount Everest. To be able to successively climb Mount Everest, clients must be intellectually competent, which is one of the pillars of the Grad at Grad. Being Intellectually Competent means that students go above and beyond the expectation both academically and in every day experiences, while taking the knowledge students learn in class and present it into the community. Jon Krakauer, the author, shows in his expedition multiple cases of him growing to be Intellectually
Krakauer visioned the climb to be fun, fulfilling, and challenging; however, he soon realized that it was excruciatingly painful. He expressed early in his memoir, ”Secretly, I dreamed of ascending Everest myself one day; for more than a decade it remained a burning ambition” (Krakauer 23). As
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
Once the climber reaches the top, he/she is then able to see the smooth descent or deathly steep fall. The climber might overlook this and continue down the mountain only to run into a giant wall or decide to go back the way they came but realize that they dropped their safety rope. This scenario figuratively used is the perfect example of the relationship between Daisy and Gatsby. The beginning of Daisy & Gatsby’s relationship starts with a smooth climb, and with very few boulders to jump over, they reach the top pretty quickly. However just as quickly as they reached the top, they fell off their first cliff when Gatsby went away to war.
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.
Fischer gives a biased view on guiding the mountain by explaining, “[We’ve] built a yellow brick road to the summit,” (Krakauer 86). Fischer explains to the clients he will get them all there and it will be an easy time if they just follow the leader. Rob Hall took a more rational approach to his client’s abilities by telling them, “With enough determination, any bloody idiot can get up this hill. The trick is to get back down alive,” (Krakauer 190). Hall explains when the climbers have a lot of energy on the way up they are focused on success, but on the way down they are exhausted and having reached the summit, lack determination to complete a goal.
, 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
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
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.