A Walk In The Woods Analysis

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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson is a personal memoir about walking The Appalachian Trail with his friend Katz Stephen. The book is intended for a general audience, but is of special interest for people who are curious about hiking The Appalachian Trail. Bryson was prompted the book when, to achieve a lifetime’s ambition of writing about his experiences in hiking the Appalachian Trail. Ecstatic of his exposure and acquaintance of his friend in the hike while he has now he is now being gratifications surrounding him, he believes to expose the truth of the trail would cause people to go hike The Appalachian Trail. Throughout this book, he recalls his time with his family as a sanctuary and how his missed “the greatest reward” a warm meal…show more content…
Bryson’s purpose in this passage is to point out flaws in the Professor’s advice over bears. Through imagery and humor, his impersonation of the case over bears and actions of bears reveals one problematic situation of anyone hiking The Appalachian Trail. Bryson uses the image of a bear with “her mouth around [Whitten’s] right foot, and slowly tugged him from [the tree]” to indicate that bears are in fact “unpredictable”. Whitten had just crossed the path of the bear unfortunately for him that bear had cubs and thought her babies were in danger. The Professor suggested “banging pots and pans together, and running at the bear”… that just sounds like a terrible idea, unless of course you want to be killed by a bear. Bryson also says later there are circumstances that may of course change this. The bear may or may not kill you or it might run away in fear. This is significant because this is so confusing and the author at this point had no idea what to do in case of a bear. It just one of those flight or fight
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