A Walk in the Woods Essay
•is a humorous, yet enticing story that desires for the conservation and appreciation of the commonly overlooked, Appalachian Trail
•an initially “unfit”’ man w/ no familiarity to Trail makes a choice that will forever alter the way he lives his life
•Although Bryson isn’t truly an “expert” on the AT, he still establishes his credibility as an experienced hiker by narrating his own witnesses to ultimately engage the readers’ attention towards the endearing App. Trail. Through the use of humor and detailed accounts, Bryson establishes his credibility. BP1:
Although Bryson does take the initiative to cross a path he has never encountered, hiking the AT, he cannot exactly be qualified as an “expert” because of his lack of total commitment to walking the trail.
•As Bryson and Katz hike the AT, they continually take periodic breaks in which they indulge in amenities: “We had been a week on the trail and were going to town the next day…”(127). Bryson’s failure to persevere and remain on the AT depicts his disqualification as a true “expert”.
•Both Bryson and his partner, Katz, do not walk the trail to its entirety: “At one point very early in the trip he [Katz]…” (161). The fact that the men decide to come home and not finish what they came to start does not qualify Bryson as a truly skilled AT hiker.
•Bryson even admits to his deviation from the AT: “I had done 870 miles…” (273)
But although Bryson cannot be considered as an “expert”, through his use of humor and relatable character, Bryson does succeed in establishing himself as an experienced hiker.
•By discussing universal fears that exist within many who hike, Bryson is able to connect with his audience on a more personal level. Bryson looks at the reality of the book, Bear Attack: Their Causes and Avoidance and comments: “And how foolish…” (17). Bryson mocks the account but in a way that...
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