In the book Peak by Roland Smith, the main character, Peak, changes from becoming selfish to selfless as a result of his journey towards being a hero. His adventure started at the top of a skyscraper when he got arrested. From there, he traveled across the world to Mount Everest, where his father told him he had to climb the ginormous mountain. When he finally got to the top, he sacrificed his chance for fame so his friend, Sun-Jo, could become known as the youngest freed Tibetan to reach the summit and get the rewards and fame.
At the beginning of the novel, Peak was guilty of vandalizing a skyscraper in his city. As it states in the book, “‘You’re under arrest!’ an amplified voice shouted above the deafening rotors.” (Smith page 5). When asked why he did it, he had no good reason, instead of coming off as unknowing and bored. Peak was seen as bored because he had no hobbies outside of school; therefore, he had nothing else to do in his free time. This lack of interest made him want to take risks. In …show more content…
As promised, his father took him to Mount Everest. As a result, Peak is given the opportunity to bury his past and emerge as an innocent boy. Though, when his father revealed why they were in South Asia, Peak embraced his father’s decision by wanting to climb Mount Everest, no matter what the cost. This lead one to believe that he was intrigued by this new opportunity. Peak’s journey was not easy and he faced opposition from his father’s group who did not want Peak to be first at the top of Everest. As a result, Peak’s selfishness had grown by him being kicked out of the group, as it states in the text, “This was when I realized Sun-Jo wasn’t with us. I was so mad he didn’t also get booted out of camp.” (Smith page 194). However, it was all just a hoax to please the entire group, which resulted in Peak and Sun-Jo trying to reach the summit
One part where the author really gets to this idea is, “I didn’t even have time to think about what I was going to do next, which was just as well. I started scrambling sideways across the wall toward the gear, rope, thirty feet away. Zopa continued to shout encouragement to Sun-Jo. He was climbing the wall as fast as he could, but he had to know that no matter how fast he went, it wouldn’t be enough to save his grandson. When I reach the rope I gave it a tug. It seemed solid enough”. This is significant because, Peak could of passed the opportunity and let his friend die but he wanted to be a hero.“ Mr. Wood, how much time have you spent with your son
“What?” Sun-Jo was appalled at the fact that Peak had decided not to conquer the summit of Mount Everest. How could he give up such a glorifying moment? Peak would have been the youngest boy to ever reach the summit, however, he realized he didn’t want the fame. Sun-Jo was only a few days older than him, and if Sun-Jo reached the summit and Peak did not, he would be the youngest person to summit Everest. Also, Sun-Jo’s family was living on the other side of the mountain and he needed to get to the other side so that he could reconnect with his family. Since Peak avoided his mother’s advice to think of himself and only himself, he did not make it to the top. Many other characters, unlike Peak, were selfish and although it helped some, others were less fortunate.
Ever since people knew it was possible to reach the summits of Mount Everest about 4,000 people have attempted to climb it and a one in four ratio of people have died from doing so. “Once Everest was determined to be the highest summit on earth, it was only a matter of time before people decided that Everest needed to be climbed” (Krakauer 13). The very first person to reach the summits of Mount Everest was in 1953 also ever since then about seven percent out of every 4,000
Humanity has created this “universal story” of what a hero is, or at least the myth of it, time and again. Different tasks and encounters with a variety of villains all lead the hero to the prize, to a new life (Seger). This person deemed the hero is as ordinary as the next but what makes them different is the drastic test that they must face. Individuals admire this character because the hero stands for something, something bigger than themselves. Whether it be the compassionate act of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games or the death of the oldest brother in Brother Bear, as an outsider, an individual sees the human side of these heroes and relates. Connor Lassiter from Unwind by Neal Shusterman is an ideal example of the myth due to the
Everest in 1996. This became the deadliest expedition to ever climb with 15 people losing their lives. Krakauer explains his intrinsic motivations to accept this challenge and many of the mistakes that helped lead to the disasters of that day. He includes himself, and explicitly blames himself for at least one person's death. The experience affects him profoundly, and in addition to telling the story, the book focuses on how Krakauer is forever changed as a result of what happened. All of the clients have difficulty adjusting to the altitude, tiring easily, losing weight and moving slowly. The climbers' experience in mountain climbing and at high altitudes varies some of them are quite qualified, others very inexperienced and highly reliant on the
Throughout the novel, the protagonist encounters many difficulties when trying to reach his goal of climbing Mount Everest. He encounters problems, from illnesses to deaths but most affectively the catastrophic weather. When Krakauer’s 5 friends die, including Rob Hall, Krakauer takes responsibility of the other climbers and helps them get through the tough weather safely. When they arrived to the base camps, many of the climbers gave up but Krakauer kept trying, he was motivated by Halls death to reach the top of Mount Everest. Krakauer finds ways to get around
Everest is an unbelievable mountain that has taken the lives of a number of the greatest climbers in history. It was my job to ensure that clients make it up that treacherous mountain safely. My name is Rob Hall. I was the main guide and cofounder of a climbing company called Adventure Consultants. My friend, Gary Ball, and I used to be professional climbers. Together we succeeded in climbing to the highest summit on each of the seven continents in seven months. This was our greatest achievement. After this, we decided to start our own company guiding clients up large mountains. In May 1992, we successfully led six clients to the summit of Everest. Unfortunately, Gary died of cerebral edema in October 1993 during an attempt on the world’s sixth-tallest mountain. He died in my arms and the next day I buried him in a crevasse. Despite the pain that his death had caused me, I continued guiding for our company and eventually led thirty-nine climbers to the summit of Everest.
Climbing makes for a difficult expedition, you need to give up the wrappers when you was ascending. You need to give up the heavy things, you need to give up your wrappers, and you need to give yourselves. Sometimes we need to give up our lives to climb the mount Everest. According to snow storm, the energy, the oxygen and the people who desired prove themselves the spring’s 96s expedition to mountain Everest was destined to be the most tragic.
The novel Peak is about a troubled or misunderstood boy who goes to live with his long lost father to get out of going to Juvenile Detention. While living with his father he writes what is going on in his life as a final assignment for his English class. Once moving to his fathers he finds out that his dad has a goal for him to become the youngest person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. I believe peak will succeed but not without a few hurdles along the way. I also think he will learn a lot from his experience with his father and climbing the mountain. From what I read previewing it looks like this book will be a suspense filled, high action novel based on the fictional first person setting. After previewing the novel I think this is a chance I may enjoy the book as I understand the position of being misunderstood.
Jon Krakauer’s experience on Mount Everest was never an easy task to go through. He describes the experience as being completely detached from his own body. He had to find a way to cope with the reality that he was outside in below freezing temperatures. In this environment, he could possible die before completing the climb. Jon and his men had to make it safely to Camp Four, where they would be able to reach
While Peak and his group are climbing a steep icewall, one of the climber’s ice axe broke. Peak decides to climb down and help the fellow climber. This act could have killed Peak, yet he would risk his own life for a friend. “Got him! I shouted down to Zopa”(202). This quote reveals that Peak saved his fellow climbers life. Also, when Peak is less than 10 feet away from the summit of Everest he lets Sun-Jo reach the top. Even though Sun-Jo was having issues up the whole mountain and Peak saved his life. Peak and Sun-Jo are both 14. They both would be the youngest to make it to the Summit of Everest. Sun-Jo is poor and all Sun-Jo wants to do is go to school. Peak lets Sun-Jo reach the summit and get all the money and fame. “I don’t have a reason for being here. I’m heading back down the north side”(230). This quote shows Peak is letting Sun-Jo to the summit, and Peak just climbs down the mountain, not even reaching the summit after Sun-Jo. Too often in life, criminals do not change to kind people but, Peak’s actions show readers that 1 little thing can fix up someone's
Joseph Campbell defines a hero as “someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself ” (Moyers 1). The Hero’s Journey consists of three major parts: the separation, the initiation and the return. Throughout a character’s journey, they must complete a physical or spiritual deed. A physical deed involves performing a daunting and courageous act that preserves the well-being of another person. A spiritual deed calls for action that improves another individual’s state of mind. While fulfilling their journey, a hero must undergo a psychological change that involves experiencing a transformation from immaturity into independence and sophistication.Campbell states that these events are what ultimately guides a hero into completing
If Krakauer, Hall, Hansen, and the other climbers were not loyal to each other, death would have been inevitable for everyone. While the team is climbing, one of the more experienced climbers and sherpa, Lopsang, decides to clip himself to Sandy. When asked why he did so, he responded, “because Scott wants all members to go to summit, and I am thinking Sandy will be weakest member, I am thinking she will be slow, so I will take her first.” (Page 222). Lopsang knew that the climb was beyond difficult, and he showed loyalty to Sandy by assisting her when she was weak. Another example of loyalty from the novel was shown by Hutchison. Even though the men were suffering from exhaustion, frostbite, and fear, “Hutchison organized a team of four Sherpas to locate the bodies of Weathers and Namba, who had been left on the far side of the Col when Anatoli Boukreev brought in Charlotte Fox, Sandy Pittman, and Tim Madsen.” (Page 322). This shows extreme loyalty because these men were dying, but showed respect to the dead by finding their bodies in attempt to bring closure to their families. Hutchison created a strong bond between himself and others, and he showed loyalty to people even after they died. In addition to the teammates showing loyalty to each other, the Sherpas created bonds with the climbers. Hall recognizes the immense impact the Sherpas have on the team and says, “I want you all to remember we would have absolutely no chance of getting to the summit of Everest without their help.” (Page 68). Hall showed loyalty to the Sherpas by respecting them, and only allowing them to climb to certain heights if they were not properly trained. Overall, loyalty was shown throughout the novel, and Krakauer could not have survived without the bonds he created with the other men and
The obstacles Peak faces are serving a sentence, betrayal, climbing Mount Everest, and people who are helping him for their own purposes like his father. Peak has to overcome the obstacle of serving his sentence for climbing a skyscraper. The sentence was something along the lines of he ...
There is another type of hero that almost no one is aware of. In the poorest areas of the country, live mostly minorities and other ethic background. All their lives they’ve been expected to work harder and expected not succeed in life. Some individuals living in poverty with a determination to succeed work hard all of their lives to become what everybody doubted they could. Escaping the crime, drugs, and prostitution is enough to escape hell, even if they don’t go to college. Despite of their financial problems, drug and crime surroundings, or difficulties in the language skills, their desire to triumph fuels their persistence. Those who make it to success are the few living examples of the purest form of hero anyone can be. They are not only their own heroes but also the heroes of the poor children who dream of becoming like them someday.