Essay Topic 1
Compare how Reinhold Messner changed as the book progressed. Be sure to include your assessment of his nature when he first introduced himself in the book, after he had successfully scaled Mount Everest as part of a team, when he and Nena were waiting for the weather to clear so Messner could begin his solo ascent, and when Messner finally reached the summit.
Essay Topic 2
The book's main title is "The Crystal Horizon." Why did the Messner choose this title? How does the title foreshadow Messner's experiences on Mount Everest?
Essay Topic 3
Compare Reinhold Messner and George Mallory.
a. How were these two men similar? How were they different?
b. Compare the role that mountaineering played in each of their lives. How was each person affected by mountaineering, both positively and negatively?
Essay Topic 4
Compare Reinhold Messner's experiences on Mount Everest during his first summit attempt...
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