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“‘Men play at tragedy because they do not believe in the reality of the tragedy which is actually being staged in the civilized world.”’ -Jose Ortega y Gasset In the personal account Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer gives a detailed account of the 1996 Mount Everest Disaster by accusing the inexperience and arrogance of both the climbers and guides. Krakauer wrote the book in order to endure with survivor’s guilt, to expose commercialization, and to explain the tragedy to the public and to himself. Krakauer’s appalling account proves the fact he is living with survivor’s guilt. He experienced one of the most gruesome tragedies ever to happen on Mount Everest. Not only were other clients lost, but his personal friends were, “Four team mates with whom I laughed and vomited and held long, intimate conversations lost their lives”(283). The team came to have such a close connection from spending so much time together, that such catastrophic events that took their lives drastically changed the few survivors minds forever. Krakauer had a very long lasting effect of guilt from the mountain, he started placing the blame of death not only on other inexperienced and arrogant climbers and guides, but mainly himself. “My actions-or failure to act-played a direct role in the death of Andy Harris”(296). The intriguing thought of how one man takes all the blame onto himself after enduring such a traumatic event captures the interest of all, making it easier to get the forgotten word out of all the dangers. Outside Magazine sent Jon Krakauer to Mount Everest to write about the commercialization of Everest. Why are ''tourists'' with more money than expertise being taken up Everest in the first place? Krakauer, an somewhat experienced climber, fell into the trap of the childhood dream of climbing Mount Everest. Though not nearly skilled enough to climb alone, Krakauer joined a guided team to be taken to the top. He discovers

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