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Bias Analysis of “Into Thin Air”

by wisdom555 on 11/05/11 at 8:52 am

This is an analysis of the book: "Into thin Air" and whether or not it has a bias spin to the story based on my opinion with some evidence to back up my stance.

The author Jon Krakauer has written a very factual unbiased novel. This is because one of the purposes of writing the book was to inform readers of the tragedy that occurred on Mount Everest. Of course there is the argument that since this novel was written from his point of view there may be some bias elements. Since Jon Krakauer was writing from his point of view he would mostly write about the expedition he was a part of but he would also include information from other expeditions as well. This shows he did not glorify his expedition any more than anyone else’s and took into consideration other peoples contribution to this adventure story. A large part of the book was written from details given to the author from their perspective with dialogue. “Although they were moving slowly, they had descended to within 200 vertical feet of Camp Four. At that moment I was just arriving at the tents – probably no more than fifteen minutes in front of the first members of Beidleman’s group” (Krakauer 214).  Another part of the book that dissuades bias is that when reading the text you should notice all of the instances where the author feels like he has made mistakes throughout the adventure. “Given what unfolded over the hours that followed, the ease with which I abdicated responsibility – my utter failure to consider that Andy might have been in serious trouble – was a lapse that’s likely to haunt me for the rest of my life” (Krakauer 196). This displays that the author wasn’t bias in a way to make himself look better than everyone else.

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