MSU Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer Literature Question

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Content: Each RR is divided into five different phases. Although the same format must be followed for each of the papers, there is still a degree of creative freedom within the structure

Phase 1: Summing it up 

Pick a quote from the book that sums up the overall message of the text. Explain the context of the quote, then be sure to thoroughly discuss how and why this quote sums up the book.

Phase 2: Theme Song 

Pick a theme song for the book. The track should both connect with the content and the mood of the novel. The entire set of lyrics is not needed, but there must be a detailed discussion of how the lyrics in a ton of the song are appropriate for the book.

Phase 3: Packing a punch 

Books often contain chapters or sections that are the centerpiece and focal point of the text. Pick a chapter or section of the book and explain why it is so important. What makes it so powerful

Phase 4: Symbolism

Examine the book for a symbol that stands out from the rest. Discussed what the object symbolizes, and why it is integral to understanding the text. 

Phase 5: Endurance

What are the enduring themes of the novel? Provide clear points that are supported with evidence from the text. The most amount of time should be spent on the section.

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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Phase 1: Summing it Up

“By this time Hall was a full-time professional climber. Like most of his peers, he sought
funding from corporate sponsors to pay for his expensive Himalayan expeditions. And he
was savvy enough to understand that the more attention he got from the news media the
easier it would be to coax corporations to open their checkbooks. As it happened, he proved
to be extremely adept at getting his name into print and his mug on the telly.”
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