Into Thin Air A Personal Response - 673 words
In Jon Krakauers Into Thin Air, a non-climbing reader is thrown into a flurry of new vocabulary and surprising events. At many points in the book, confusion and excitement set in simultaneously. There are many aspects of this story that prove to be intriguing and interesting, but there were also several less-exciting parts. Krakauer uses excellent story-telling techniques that depicted much detail, and has a brilliant way of determining tone throughout the book. It was necessary for Krakauer to use a considerable amount of exposition in order to provide a correct and full depiction of the history, lives and motives of both former and present climbers. He is very helpful to the non-climber an ...
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Dying To Be Thin - 269 words
I'll creep into your life like a small, meaningless leak, I'll be everything you think, everything you speak; Your days of self-assurance will turn to apprehension, I'll walk inside your mind, no need to be mentioned; You listened to the voices, the ones who screamed your inadequacy, And now your life, your body, ou thoughts, they all belong to me; When you look at the numbers, they'll all look too signifigant, The image in the mirror will never again seem exquisite; You'll never seem so normal, just more and more unnatural; You'll think you're fine, that nothing's wrong, but I hide in the shadows; I'll eat you from the inside out, you'll never notice what's wrong, I'll intoxicate your mind, ...
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Analysis Of "into Thin Air" By Jon Krakauer - 811 words
A few years ago, after reading Jon Krakauer's horrifying account of the 1996 expeditions to Everest (Into Thin Air) in which 11 climbers died (nine on a single night) due to a combination of bad luck, bad weather and inexperience, I got a bit put off by this mountain climbing business. To "prove" themselves, people had begun paying vast sums of money to be literally pushed or carried up the great mountain, at great risk not only to themselves, but to others as well, just so that later, they could boast that they had "conquered Everest". Right at the beginning of this book, Bear Grylls, at 23, the youngest Briton to have made it to the summit and back (which is what this book is about), admit ...
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The Emergence Of The Thin Ideal In America - 1,498 words
The United States is the wealthiest nation in the world, yet residents of this bountiful country are denied the simple right to adequate nutrition. Citizens are forced to abstain from basic human needs to be accepted members of society. Popular culture suggests that emaciation is not only a fashion statement, but an expected lifestyle choice. The past hundred years have seen the rise of a startling and horrific trend; the thinning of the nations young women. One in five college women suffers from a severe case of either anorexia or bulimia nervosa. (Schwitzer et al. 165) With a death rate of up to 15%, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate among psychological disorders. Those dying ...
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The Emergence Of The Thin Ideal In America - 1,451 words
... en and girls. The effect was that the looks of professional beauties appeared to be the norm. These images were all the more important as new standards for the ideal woman emerged. In the 1940s, women had been empowered by the war effort. They were proving their worth and were considering purposeful careers. The return of the hourglass figure seemed to again firmly draw the line between the sexes. It also made appearance more forward on a womans mind as the men came home and other interests were set aside. Women who exhibited aggressive traits, such as careers instead of children, were considered maladjusted and suffering from Freudian penis-envy. The 1960s presented an era of change. Th ...
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Analysis Of Into Thin Air By Jon Krakauer - 492 words
In this incredibly detailed account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest, Jon Krakauer describes the entire journey from Dehra Dun, India at 2,234 feet above sea level to Mt. Everests deadly peak at 29,028 feet. This deeply moving narrative not only honors the courage of the people on the mountain but also raises the question about leading inexperienced climbers to the highest peak in the world for a large sum of money. On May 10, 1996 disaster struck on the summit of Mt. Everest when a blinding storm caught four groups of climbers leaving eight dead. Krakauer himself narrowly escaped death that claimed the lives of four of his teammates. Outside Magazine sent Krakauer to Nepal ...
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Underweight Era: Are Women Getting Too Thin? - 1,585 words
During recent years, teenage girls have been put into the media spot light regarding their physical appearance. One main issue that has hit many magazines is for young girls to concentrate on how much one ought to weigh and what should be considered as a normal weight for teenagers between the ages of 13 to 18. Who is responsible for the weight loss? Is it the media, parents and peer pressure or is it the generation we live in? Young women are bombarded by ideas of beauty, states Susan Sawyer, Centre for Adolescent health, Dolly magazine, August 2006. Dieting to the extreme amongst teenagers nowadays is considered to be normal as it is seen on television shows such as the Biggest loser. To m ...
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All Quiet On The Westren Front - 5,580 words
All Quiet on the Western Front Chapter SummaryBy: Jesse CodyAll Quiet on the Western Front is an anti-war novel from the opening chapters. Many critics of the novel in the early days after the publication of the novel blamed Remarque for writing for shock value. They did not want to believe his novel represented the truth about World War I. In many ways, such people were like Paul's schoolmaster, Kantorek. They wanted to cling to classical, romantic notions of war. However, Remarque wrote his novel specifically to shatter those idealistic illusions. Yes, he wrote to shock, but he also wrote to educate.The young teenage men who enlisted in the army on both sides often never recovered from th ...
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All Quiet On The Westren Front - 5,671 words
... by comparison. In many ways, the bond forged between soldiers in trench warfare is the only romanticized element to Remarque's novel.All Quiet on the Western Front - Chapter 6SummaryThe Second Company returns to the front two days early. On their way, they pass a shelled schoolhouse. Fresh coffins are piled by the dozens next to it. They make jokes to distance themselves from the unpleasant knowledge that the coffins were made for them. At the front, they listen to the enemy transports and guns. They detect that the enemy is bringing troops to the front, and they can hear that the English have strengthened their artillery. The men are disheartened by this knowledge as well as the fact t ...
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Rooselvelt - 5,160 words
... refully prepared plans were ready to be implemented almost at once. Huge public buildings, great dams, and irrigation and flood-control projects are part of PWAs legacy. The most spectacular agency designed to promote general economic improvement was the National Recovery Administration (NRA), an organization set up (along with the PWA) by the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA), which was passed by Congress in June 1933. The NRA was designed to help business help itself. Unfair competition was supposed to be eliminated through the establishment of codes of fair competition; in effect, laws against combinations of large businesses were to be suspended in exchange for guarantees to wo ...
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Battle Of The Bulge - 1,146 words
The Battle of the Bulge was an important fight because it was one that could have turned World War II around for the Germans. The Battle of the Bulge took place on December 16 1944. The Germans mobilized the last chance they had to win the war. The Germans wanted to cut the American forces in to two parts, because this way they could easily be destroyed. Hitler felt this was his last chance to win, because his forces were being pushed back and soon they would run out of the resources they would need to win the war. Hitler was mobilizing a task force of 500,000 Germans soldiers. The allies were slowly pushing through the Ardennes Forest on the German, Belgium boarder, with a force of 600,000 ...
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Fetal Development - 1,355 words
Fetal development starts with the process of fertilization. It starts when the female ovulates producing an egg. This egg then travels into the fallopian tube where it waits to be fertilized. Once sperm enter the body they must travel up the uterus until they make their way up to the egg. Once at the egg the sperm try to get in. They sperm wiggle their tails until they make it in. Once it makes it in the egg will not any other sperm in. The sperm that made it then drops its tail. After about twenty hours inside the egg the sperm finds the nucleus of the egg and fuses with it. Now the egg has all the genetic material that it needs to make a new human being. It nows begins to move down into th ...
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Metabolic Muscular And Nervous Systems - 1,731 words
The immediate source of energy for muscular contraction is the high-energy phosphate compound called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Although ATP is not the only energy-carrying molecule in the cell, it is the most important one, and without sufficient amounts of ATP most cells die quickly. The three main parts of an ATP molecule are: an adenine portion, a ribose portion, and three phosphates linked together. The formation of ATP occurs by combining adenosine diphosphate (ADP) and inorganic phosphate (Pi). This formation requires a large amount of energy to and it is called a high-energy bond. In order for a muscle to contract, the enzyme ATPase breaks the ATP bond and releases energy which is ...
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Architecture And Burials In The Maya And Aztec - 1,170 words
Plundering and carnage were the overlying results of the Spanish conquest of MesoAmerica beginning in 1519. The ensuing years brought many new "visitors," mostly laymen or officials in search of wealth, though the Christianity toting priest was ever present. Occasionally a man from any of these classes, though mainly priests would be so in awe of the civilization they were single handedly massacring that they began to observe and document things such as everyday life, religious rituals, economic goings on, and architecture, which was the biggest achievement in the eyes of the Spaniards. That is how the accounts of Friar Diego de Landa, a priest, were created, giving us rare first per-son his ...
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Caries - 2,340 words
Caries have been a constant nuisance to humans, decaying teeth can become a major problem for those affected. It is certainly not the oldest pathology, nor the one of the greatest prevalence throughout humankind, but the information that can be extrapolate from such pathologies is great. The aim of this paper is to outline the pathology of caries and the influence that these have had on the human populations affected. Caries or caries dentium is the common name for tooth decay. It is a local disease, which is characterized by an irreversible and permanent destruction of the tooth hard tissue, enamel. Thus spreads the destruction to the rest of the tooth and, and possibly leading to tooth los ...
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Caries - 2,372 words
... d warming of climate where there is an increase in the growth of plant material and plant foods. This change would have promoted a growth in subsistence farming, at the very least. This would have increased the amount of plant carbohydrates and thus there was an increase in the occurrence in evidence of caries. Again in the Mesolithic there is further warming in the surrounding climate to the point where an even greater amount of plant food harvest is attainable for human consumption. Frayer found that for the Mesolithic, there was a negative correlation between rates of caries and latitude. This was the case where skeletal assemblages from northern sites continually show a decrease in c ...
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Mixed Blood - 677 words
The question of race has been a long debated topic that still has not been answered. Jeffrey Fish embraces this issue in his writing entitled, "Mixed Blood." The document opens by proposing the question of "What is race?", then breaking it down into smaller factions. The two lesser questions that are formed instead are: "How can we understand the variation in physical appearance among human beings? How can we understand the kinds of racial classifications applied to differences in physical appearance among human beings?" The preliminary hypothesis determined is that race is a myth and does not really exist. Yet, Fish chooses to expand on various possibilities that may lead to other conclusio ...
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Documentary Review - 618 words
The documentary I watched is about Thaipusam festival. I watched it on National Geographic Channel and was amazed to discover the meaning, the process and the traditions and practices of Thaipusam. It was interesting to watch the procession yet at the same time learn more about it in detail. Every January/February, depending upon the lunar month - on a full-moon day in the Tamil month of Thai, the Hindus will celebrate Thaipusam in honour of their Hindu God, Lord Subramaniam (sometimes referred to as Lord Murugan) who is a son of the Hindu God Shiva. He is believed to represent virtue, youth and power. As mentioned in the documentary, Thaipusam is celebrated in Singapore and also in Malaysia ...
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Georgia Okeffee - 1,987 words
Georgia Totto O'Keeffe was born in the year on November 15, 1887. She was one of seven children. O'Keeffe's aunt was mostly responsible for raising her. O'Keeffe did not care much for her aunt though; she once referred to her as, "the headache of my life." She did, however, have some respect for her aunt's strict and self disciplined character. O'Keeffe was given her own room and less responsibility. The younger sisters had to do more chores and share close living conditions. A younger sister stated that O'Keeffe always wanted things her way, and if she didn't get them her way, "she'd raise the devil." It was found through family and friends that O'Keeffe was like this throughout much of her ...
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Richard Fairbanks, Ceramics - 1,185 words
Richard Fairbanks, although many times overlooked, was an important American ceramist. He was known as a "loner" and because of this he was never really appreciated for his talent. Fairbanks was greatly influence by his professors. Professor Paul Bonifas, who taught at the University of Washington, was one who left a huge impact on Fairbanks work. Fairbanks created a system of sketching pottery profiles, which stemmed from Bonifas teachings, as a mean of "thinking on paper." This approach to pottery through sketching was a crucial element that separated Fairbanks from many other Asian-inspired American peers. Although, Fairbanks was a wheel thrown expert, he continued to "think on paper" thr ...
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