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Sometimes in life we make goals not worthy of completion In mountain climbing ones goal is to reach the top of the mountain To accomplish this goal one needs a strong team of climbers each willing to perform individualized tasks and contribute their share towards the summit Into Thin Air focuses on the conflicts and decisions made on top of a mountain one eerie day as opposed to the glory and satisfaction of reaching the top This however is not what I directed my focus on when reading the books Instead I examine the effects of two different protagonists in two different novels The characters both directly and indirectly provide fuel for a dream canonizing by the demonstration of success Indeed these are inspirational in teaching how one should continue to pursue ones goals despite adversity or lackluster intensity John Krakauer author of Into Thin Air introduces the struggles of a mountaineers adventures on Mount Everest He creates a vivid scene of the deprivation physical pain and mental anguish that every mountaineer endures More personally however he narrates his own adventure along with his own struggles to finally reach the summit Prior to Everest Krakauer had little experience in climbing or surely not enough to safely conquer Everest He makes difficult decisions regarding food oxygen supplies hygiene and most importantly logistics With egos swirling and arrogance in the air Krakauer tops the summit and achieves his life-long goal of climbing Mount Everest thus ending his novel regarding the struggles of Everest If life were a game of poker it would appear that Homer Hickam the lead character in October Sky has been dealt a dead hand Homer aspires to work for NASA as a scientist but this is near impossible living in a town where boys are raised to mine coal until they die of smoke inhalation When Homer takes an interest in rocketry only his mother supports the decision His father classmates and principal
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