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Anaylsis Of Into Thin Air By Jon Krakauer

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Jon Krakauer captures his personal experience of reaching the summit of the Mountain Everest with a group of fellow climbers in his book Into Thin Air. Krakauer was tasked with writing an article for Outside Magazine. His original assignment was to go through the training Adventure Consultants offered and write his article on the commercialism of Mt. Everest; however, through persuasion and personal interest he was given permission to join the climbing group and pursue the complete expedition to the summit. "At first I pretended that I'd be going as a journalist more than a climber-that I'd accepted the assignment because the commercialization of Everest was an interesting subject and the money was pretty good… This was bullshit, of course" (Krakauer, 1997, pp. 87-88). The people over at Adventure Consultants as well as his fellow climbers, after they had already signed up, were fully aware of his intent to report the journey to the summit. This knowledge directly affected the decisions the climbers made, the personal narrative along with the group and even the final outcome of his book.

Krakauer's climbing group were not made aware that they would be joined and reported on until after they had already signed up for the expedition. This made the climbers nervous, as they would be observed and studied throughout their entire journey to the summit. After the climb, Beck even admitted to anchor Forrest Sawyer, "'It added a lot of stress. I was always a little concerned with the idea-you know, this guy's going to come back and write a story that's going to be read by a couple of million people'" (Krakauer, 1997, p. 142). This knowledge of this made his fellow climbers push themselves and try their best to impress Krakauer throughout the climb.

Krakauer used his narrative to present a balanced story of his experience of the climb along with his group. The reader will never feel like...

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