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Parth Parikh Professor Kao Expository Writing 101 November 23, 2010 Final Draft Extreme Ethics Every person has morals, which he/she lives by, and it decides what he/she thinks is right and wrong, and how he/she looks upon the world. When a person comes upon a decision, which causes them to think if they should do it or not, it usually concerns their morals, and whether they believe it is the right thing to do. Jon Krakauer writes in “Selections from Into the Wild” about Chris McCandless, who drifts into the Alaskan wilderness with nothing but himself and a few tools. McCandless makes several decisions and his morals change because he is in a completely different world now and he is on the cusp of life and death. Next, Tim O’Brien tells his story from when he was in Vietnam in, “How to Tell a True War Story”. He shares his experiences fighting in the war and the difficult decisions that ran through the heads of several different soldiers. Whether he thought they were right or not was no always the case since he was not just fighting for himself, but the whole country. Lastly, Beth Loffreda enlightens the reader with torture and murder, in her essay, “Selections from Losing Matt Shepard: Life and Politics in the Aftermath of Anti-Gay Murder”. She shows how the whole country reacts to a single incident involving a hate-crime, but was not sure what the true intensions of the people were, even if they were fighting for the right side. In order for the reader to Parikh 1
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consume these experiences in an ethical manner, he/she has to realize the situation the people in the story are under. When each author is telling their story, they find a way to put the reader into the story, and show him/her how life would be in the main character’s shoes. Jon Krakauer seemed to be most interested in the moves of Chris McCandless, as he relived his journey. “A year and a week after Chris McCandless decided not to attempt to cross the Teklanika River, [Krakauer] stands on the opposite bank…[he] wants to see where McCandless dies, to better understand why” (Krakauer 355). Krakauer was struck by McCandless’s journey into the wilderness, but he did not understand everything fully, so he had to go and fill in any missing details. Also, from what reporters were saying about McCandless, in the past, he did not believe them, or even want to believe them, so he also wanted to prove them wrong. Krakauer developed a strong bond with the soul of McCandless because he understood why he went to live on his own, and how life changing of a task it is to live without any resources. Just like the relationship Krakauer had with McCandless, Loffreda had a similar relationship with Shepard. Even though Loffreda did not know Shepard personally, she fell for his story, and the things he went through. “[Loffreda] attended the first vigil, which drew nearly one thousand people, a
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