Chapter 5, p. 122 – Write Now

The choices writers make when summarizing events and people’s lives have ethical and moral implications. Based on these summaries, what impressions do you have of the kind of person Hingston was, or the kind of work he did, or the circumstances surrounding the avalanche? Identify aspects of the summaries of Hingston’s life and the Mount Everest avalanche that might shape readers’ perceptions. What other kinds of details might have been included that could have impacted or changed your impressions of Hingston and his work? Choose either an event or a person from your life, one that is likely relatively unknown to others, and write a brief (100-150 words) summary of that event or person’s experience. Imagine you are writing for general readers such as those who visit Wikipedia.

Avalanche near the Khumbu Icefall on Mount Everest


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