Descriptive Writing In Into Thin Air By Jon Krakauer

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In the book, Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer who is both the author and the narrator discussed about his expedition to Mount Everest. Before talking about his expedition, he informs the readers about the history of Mount Everest and its climbers. Then while he talks about his specific journey to Everest, he descriptively mentions about all his obstacles, his guides, the Sherpas, his clients, and much more with as much sensory details as possible. So because of the descriptive writing that the author includes and the fact that the book is nonfiction, the author’s style is very informational. But in addition it is informal. Along with his portrayed styles, there are many lines from the book that the readers can start to assume aspects of the author’s …show more content…
An example is in Chapter Two which says, “Waugh bestowed the name Mount Everest on Peak XV, in honor of Sir George Everest, his predecessor as surveyor general”. As mentioned earlier, the author has decided to include some background information about Everest and the fact that he even included facts about how the mountain got its name shows just how descriptive and informational his style of writing in this book is. Another example is presented in Chapter Three when Jon reports about Rob Hall’s life. He said, “Hall was born into a working-class Catholic family in Christchurch, New Zealand, the youngest of nine children” and he also said, “In 1980, when Hall was nineteen, he joined an expedition that climbed the demanding North Ridge of Ama Dablam”. These two quotes are only a few of many pages that the author uses to chat extensively about the famous guide Rob Hall with the readers. This hopefully shows that Jon Krakauer does not want to leave any information out about anything. In fact the reason in which he wrote this book was …show more content…
The whole book is a narrative about his experiences in life and with the journey up Everest. One clear impression can be seen as early as Chapter Three. This quote says, “I didn't have much in common with any of my teammates except Doug”. Then he adds, “because the tax bracket we shared set us conspicuously apart from the other clients”. These set of quotes are important because they show us the economic status that the author is in society. During his climb to Everest, he was on the lower side of the scale so call it because he earned his living as a carpenter while Doug was a postal worker. Both of them worked jobs that required no higher education unlike most of the other clients who were doctors, lawyers, and other professional occupations. Along with his economic status, his passions in life were revealed to the readers. This is seen Chapter Six when he talks about his problem of balancing between his marriage and his climbing. Jon said that, “my climbing lay at the core of our troubles” and that “Our relationship remained rocky for two or three years”. But eventually, the marriage found its way back together because Linda finally accepted Jon’s fond passion for climbing. Jon even said that climbing was an “immutable aspect of my personality that I could no sooner alter than change the color of my eyes”. This quote is

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