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.
Disastrous Tragedy The book Into Thin Air, written by Jon Krakauer, emphasizes the struggles of men versus nature. It enlightens us about the great adventures of climbing Mount Everest and how it affected each individual within the various expeditions that were going to summit Everest. In his book, Krakauer goes into great detail regarding everything that was involved in the 1996 expedition. The different identities demonstrated to be costly towards all of the individuals that were involved within the 1996 expedition.
Rob Hall, Andy Harris, Doug Hansen, Yasuko Namba, Scott Fischer, and many others unaccounted for would die in this accident. Beck Weathers and Makalu Gau were stuck in a desperate struggle for their lives, Beck being left for dead multiple times. All climbers of this expedition would be faced with the problem of saving
While they were on this trip, they made it to the top but when they were descending down the mountain in the Himalayas Reinhold was a little bit ahead of his brother, which was typical on their hiking trips, when Reinhold had realized that he hadn't seen his brother in awhile he decided to go back and look for him. As Reinhold was put on trial he said “Then I stumbled on the debris from an avalanche… I couldn't believe that my brother might be buried there, might be dead”(Douglas 1). After the trip was over he was blamed for the death of his brother and put on trial but finally vindicated after 35 years, this shows how a mistake can lead to misery because it explains how just one mistake, in this case it's him getting too far ahead of his brother, can lead to misery, being that his brother is now
Imagine yourself on the side of a mountain 15,000 feet in the air and the only thing that is keeping you from falling off of that mountain is a piece of rope you tied. It’s scary to imagine, isn’t it? To some people that’s what they dream about doing, they love mountain climbing. Two of these people, who love mountain climbing, are Jon Krakauer and Erik Weihenmayer. Jon Krakauer was just a man from Mobile, Alabama who dreamed of doing something that had never been done before; climbing the great north wall of The Devil’s Thumb.
On the other hand, Everest by Erik Weihenmayer was written in chronological order. Weihenmayer starts his memoir with, “ We left our tents a little before 9:00 pm on May 24.” He starts us off on the first day of his quest to conquer the Mount Everest. The author takes us day by day till he makes it to the top and back down. He also tells us about the critics later on when everyone found out a blind man conquered Mount
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
They all have the determination to survive , but the person who show determination the most is Dan Balch. When the eruption starts and mess up all the tents. He is the person that sprinted off to find the missing friends, even his left legs and hands were
"The World’s Highest Mountain" is about Sir Edmund Hillary and his partner who were the first mountain climbers to get to the top of Mount Everest. It was a dangerous task but they managed. On the way Sir Edmund Hillary noticed that there were many empty oxygen bottles on the ground. He realized Mount Everest was being polluted. The text states "He also demanded that mountain climbers clean up the garbage that often got left behind on Mount Everest".
In the news article “Ranger Killed During Rescue Of Climbers on Mt. Rainier”, a ranger was killed in trying to rescue climbers. This just is sad because if they wouldn’t have gone climbing in the first place the ranger wouldn’t have died. In the informational text “Why Everest”, it says “Not everyone manages to complete the climb, and some of these people pay with their lives. There have been over 230 deaths on this mountain.” This sentence just shows that people shouldn 't take life taking
Krakauer ends Into Thin Air by logically developing an argument which explains the deaths of Scott Fischer, the leader of an expedition ascending Everest at the same time as the Adventure Consultant’s expedition, and Yasuko Namba, a client of Adventure Consultants. The storm had rendered both Scott and Yasuko helpless and unable to descend the mountain by their own strength. Consequently, in the final chapters of the book, the surviving leaders must decide between attempting to rescue Scott and Yasuko and “needlessly jeopardizing] the lives of the other climbers” or returning to base camp without the Scott and Yasuko. Realizing that the climbers were “as close to death as a person can be and still breathing” led the leaders to abandon any attempts to rescue either Fischer or Yasuko in the hope of saving the lives of everyone at camp. Including this argument helps Krakauer establish the motives of the surviving climbers.
It was 1996 when Jon Krakauer took a job from the magazine company, Outside, to report on mountain climbing expedition tours which had been raising speculation. Krakauer had a passion for climbing ever since a young age, and he especially had always wanted to climb Everest. He had climbed before, but not altitudes as intense as what he was about to take on. Upon his journey, he found the altitude to be more than challenging. His oxygen intake began decreasing substancially and he could feel himself fading away.
Into The Wild Analysis “Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives,” stated Alan Sachs. This applies to Chris McCandless who always had to live life to the fullest. Chris McCandless wanted to live a life away from others for many different reasons. He had issues with emotional intimacy with others and himself. He always needed to live the extremes of life.
In the letter responding to John Krakauer, Anatoli Boukreev addresses the topic of his actions while guiding a group throughout Mount Everest. He argues that Krakauer does not have the amount of experience and he wasn’t as close to the action as Boukreev was. He claims that Krakauer doesn’t have the correct amount of knowledge to make assumptions about his actions on Mount Everest. Boukreev claims that he has a lot more experience than Krakauer does because he has climbed Mount Everest three times and he has overcame seven of the fourteen mountains over 7,000 meters in elevation. He tells the reader that he sensed that there were other problems down the mountain and he wanted to go warn the others about the change of weather that was coming.
Into The Wild is written in both the 1st person, when the author is giving his own opinion or giving credibility, and in the 3rd person, when the author or anyone being quoted is talking about Chris McCandless. The effect Krakauer achieves is the notion of how isolated individuals exist in a state of wilderness and establishing his credibility. Krakauer personally connects with McCandless and explores every aspect of his life to discover the real truth of his death, and is convinced he did not die from starvation. He becomes emotionally attached to Chris and even develops a strong relationship with his parents. As a result, this effect leads to his writing being slightly biased.