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Reading Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer was an experience that made the reader feel as if he or she was actually climbing on Mount Everest in the Himalayan Mountains with Krakauer himself He brought the reader into the story by making the reader feel like an extension of the adventure One way Krakauer made this possible was through his characters and how he described them Whether it was the rich exploratory westerners or the humble local Sherpas Krakauer conveyed these characters with as much truth and conviction as he felt necessary The first character of interest was Rob Hall Krakauers depiction of Hall was he stood six foot three or four and was skinny as a pole There was something cherubic about his face yet he looked older than his thirty-five yearsperhaps it was the sharply etched creases at the corners of his eyes or the air of authority he projected 38 From that description alone one can gain an understanding of Hall Hall is a well-respected man who is nearly a legend in his sport Krakauer himself felt a connection to him both men shared a passion for climbing Krakauer later went on to describe Halls life growing up in a catholic family After Hall dropped out of school he worked for a sporting goods store where he had impressive organizational skills which were apparent even when he was sixteenhe was soon running the entire production of the company 39 It seems as though Hall was almost destined to become a leader which appeals to a reader who likes to see others succeed Halls demise was partly his fault but he was not supposed to go out like that frozen to death and left to die The next character that had an interesting description was Ian Woodall Krakauers initial depiction was a South African man whom was a decent person Woodall was gaudy but only out of national pride But only
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