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How does Krakauer develop characters in Into Thin Air?  

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Author John Krakauer develops characters in this non-fiction book in the same manner that most authors routinely develop characters. Krakauer uses both direct and indirect characterization to build and develop the characters (who are real people) in this book. Direct characterization occurs when an author or narrator directly tells the reader specifics about a character. Indirect characterization occurs when the narrator has the reader deduce characteristics of a character by observing his/her behavior, speech, appearance, and manner of communication with other characters. Additionally, indirect characterization occurs through how other characters respond to a character....

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