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Into Thin Air
Transcript of Into Thin Air
AP English III In 1996, Krakauer was sent to Mount Everest by Outside Magazine to report on the commercialization of the mountain. Introduction Into Thin Air is a personal account of the 1996 expedition of Mount Everest. It is narrated by Jon Krakauer, a journalist and semi-professional mountain climber. Rob Hall Scott Fischer Process Analysis The structure of Jon Krakauer's story begins with the end. First, he describes his feelings once reaching the summit. Next, Krakauer goes on to describe how he came to be involved in this event. He describes his journey as a mountain climber and journalist. Third, Krakauer tells how he arrived and got acquainted with everyone. Afterwards, he continues by telling how his team and other teams prepared to summit. Over-confidence
Feeling that there is nothing one cannot handle
Subjective descriptions of characters
Structure- First starts with the end in order to grab the reader's attention, create a sensation, and develop suspense.
Narrative- Krakauer accounts for his experience and also accounts for the experiences of the other climbers. The answer is yes. Krakauer had every right to tell the story of what happened. He also had the right to tell the stories of the others. However, Krakauer's harsh characterizations of some of the characters can be highly criticized. Although this is a great book, Krakauer's validity is questionable and one must consider this when reading. His subjective characterizations and judgemental tones compromise his credibility. By acknowledging Krakauer's lack of objectivity, his audience must become cautious when accepting his accusations and trusting his account. Little did Krakauer know that he would be delivering more than just an article on commercialization, but he would be presenting a very subjective picture to the world of what happens when man tries to conquer nature. Literal Characters &
Events Died on Mountain Anatoli Boukreev Survived Mountain Died on Mountain Sandy Pittman Beck Weathers Yasuko Namba Doug Hansen Clients Who Almost Did Not Make It
(The Lucky Ones) Survived Mountain Died on Mountain Died on Mountain Survived Mountain Clients Who Did Not Make It
(The Unlucky Ones) Krakauer then leads to the disaster. He describes how the mental and physical state of some members began to deteriorate as they climbed higher. He then describes how the weather took a turn for the worse and a horrifying storm threatened the mountain. Lastly, Krakauer describes how each person is lead to his/her final fate, some barely making it and others being defeated by nature. Going Deeper The need to conquer nature Oblivion to the power of nature and realization that nature is superior to all of mankind. results from... and leads to Arrogance
The fruits of over-confidence Hubris Ignorance of reality and one's inferiority. results from... and leads to Basing trust on accomplishments
Belief that every experienced person can be trusted in what they do Too Much Trust in Man Derailing the innocent belief that one can trust mankind with his/her life. results from... and leads to Need to Conquer Nature
Too Much Trust in Man DISASTER Ultimately... Rhetorical Strategies Appeal Characterization Other Helps Krakauer to connect with his audience on a deeper level Creates a perspective in the eyes of the audience Provides manifestation for an attitude Tone Krakauer's main purpose in writing this book is to address what happened (the disaster) and why it happened. Ultimately, he is painting a picture for the world of what happens when man tries to be superior to nature and conquer it. Andy Harris Died on Mountain Experiencd
Wrongly accounted for by Krakauer Professional
Well-known & respected Professional
Desired fame & recognition
"Mad" personality Experienced
Inattentive at times First seen as cocky
Left for dead
Miraculously saved himself Desired attention and fame
Carried unnecessary luggage on mountain
Had to be rescued from storm Attempted mountain once before
Carried to the top by Rob Hall Experienced climber
Would have been oldest woman to summit
Left for dead L
Ethical Facts about Mount Everest and description of its physical characteristics (i.e. history, previous attempts, and number of deaths) increase the audience's knowledge of the danger of the mountain Description of disaster and deaths appeal to the audience's sensitivity and creates suspense Krakauer is a semi-professional climber and a journalist for Outside Magazine Into Thin Air is a phenomenal book that creates an experience like no other but Krakauer's readers must question his validity.
Did Krakeuer have the right to account for the lives of other people and can his readers trust his story? His point of view is based off of how he feels. He creates an opinion of some of the climbers accompanying him. He apologizes for wrongly accounting for Andy Harris. He feels guilty for maybe not doing as much as he could have to save some people. He says that if Rob Hall had not been so focused on being competitive, more lives could have been saved. Pointing fingers and placing blame Division of good and bad, experienced and non experienced He characterizes Anatoli Boukreev as being the "bad guy" and many of the climbers as being inexperienced. He characterizes Beck Weathers as being cocky at first. Ultimate Question Caution!