The Importance Of Ambition In Jon Krakauer's 'The Killing Circle'

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Ambition is when one individual has a desire to achieve something one has been thinking about. Many people in life dream of achieving a big or even a small goal that they want to accomplish in life. In The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper and Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, both characters show that one can not only achieve a goal for themselves but also for others as well. No matter if it is just by helping them or by even doing a small favour. Both of these works demonstrate that no matter what the situation is, one should do what one’s heart desires and if at first one does not succeed, one should try again. Near the beginning of each book, Patrick and Jon are both eager to achieve something they both really want. In The Killing Circle by Andrew Pyper, Patrick wants to join a creative writing circle to get better at his writing skills. His dream for a long time has been to write his own novel, which is why he joins The Kensington Circle. “I answer without hesitation. ‘I want to write a book’ I say.” (Pyper 58) Patrick finds an ad in the newspaper about a creative writing group open to the public. He calls the number provided saying he wants in. Patrick is determined to finally be able to achieve something that he has been wanting to do for awhile, and he does this by practicing his writing skills in the group. All together Patrick went for his goal and did achieve it in the end. Similarly to Jon in Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, Jon also has a goal. Jon and some other

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