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The Devils Thumb By John Krakauer Analysis

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John Krakauer wrote the Devils Thumb as a story but with bits of flashback to add depth to the story. In doing this he explains why he chose to climb the mountain. “Although my plan to climb the Devils Thumb wasn’t fully hatched until the spring of 1977, the mountain had been lurking in the recesses of my mind for about fifteen years ... the occasion was my eight birthday. When it came time to open my presents, my parents announced that they were offering me a choice of gifts: … either escort me to new Seattle World’s Fair to ride the Monorail and see the Space Needle, or give me an introductory taste of mountain climbing…” (130 Krakauer). This adds more to the story. It also helps the reader understand his decision to climb the
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