A Walk in the Woods: Chapter 9 Essay

1048 Words Oct 15th, 1999 5 Pages
Bill Bryson the author of the short story ‘A Walk in the Woods' constructs the story in a certain way to try to get the reader to accept his attitudes and values about how dangerous and death defying Earl V. Shaffer and other's are in attempting to travel the trail. He uses the techniques of emotive language, unusual language and use of first hand accounts in the short story ‘A Walk in the Woods‘ . The use of descriptive and humorous language, combined with conversational text has allowed Bryson to express his feelings and opinions on his and others experiences on the Appalachian Trail to the audience. <br><br>The language that the author uses in the short story is very emotive and expressed the feeling which have been felt by others on …show more content…
"Well, then why do it, you stupid tit?" is an example of his humorous thoughts in which he is commenting on the unstable and emotionally distraught ultra-runner David Horton who, because of walking the Appalachian Trail, became "...a mental and emotional wreck...". Bryson respects David Horton's efforts to push on and continue travelling the Appalachian Trail. Another example of his creative and well used humour is "...a tad stupid (actually very stupid, but I don't want to seem unkind)" when describing some of the disabling factors which altered the efforts of hiker 'Grandma' Gatewood. Despite the fact that Gatewood could have easily been killed or severely injured, Brysons humour allows the audience to see the funny side of the situation that despite all the factors against her, including her own mental capabilities and sense of direction, Gatewood completed the Appalachian Trail alive. Bryson congratulates Gatewoods' achievement which Bryson believes to be rather dangerous and unorganized. . This reflects Bryson's attitudes about determination and personal achievement. <br><br>Bryson has structured chapter 9 in A Walk In The Woods so that he can present his adventures along the Appalachian Trail and also the history of the trail. His love of history is

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