October 27, 2013
I. Identification of Work: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer; published 1997, Villard Books II. Summary of the Main Ideas
1. Subject: The subject of Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer is of his, as well as others who were with him, thoughts and experiences about their climbing of the tallest peak in the world Mt. Everest. 2. Occasion: The expedition takes place at Mount Everest in May of 1996. 3. Audience: The book is directed toward people interested in one of Mount Everest's biggest tragedies, also perhaps mountain climbers themselves. 4 .Purpose: The purpose of this writing was a reflection of the events that took place on Mount Everest During May of 1996. 5. Speaker: Personal account by Jon Krakauer
III. Critical Analysis and Evaluation of Work
1. Logos: Jon Krakauer was called on by Outside Magazine to analyze the commercial side of climbing Mount Everest and how climbing the mountain comes at great cost both physically, mentally, and financially. One of Jon Krakauer claims is that to climb Mount Everest you have to be a well off individual to pay for a guide who take you up and back down the treacherous mountain. According to Krakauer clients payed 65,000 dollars just for a chances to climb the mountain. Krakauer also focuses on the mistakes and judgment errors made by himself and others in the group. The author provides first hand account to support his claims as well as evidence that was provided by other survivors of his Everest group. Krakauer also gives brief history of Everest and previous successful expeditions. Krakauer concludes that the disaster may have been in part because of sheer arrogance on the guides part, they thought they could get anyone to the top of the summit but this just wasn't the case. He also speculates that the guides Hall and Fischer were competing for the same business, causing the disaster to slowly become inevitable Also he concluded that the weather had thrown a curve ball that was...
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