A Walk in the Woods

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Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” is a book that epitomizes the struggles that one needs to go through in order to better themselves. This is evident with the main characters. They are two middle aged men named Bryson, a man who resideds in New Hampshire and Katz, Bryson’s overweight alcoholic college friend from Iowa. When he thought of someone to accompany him, a grumpy college friend named Katz came to mind. As they started off, Bryson started off with the goal that the trail was only being hiked as a way to see the grand nation of America, but it lead to so much more as it uncovered many important topics. This is true because the trail was filled with adventure in discovering America’s heartland and realizing their own personal …show more content…

His alcoholism was the first step in leading to his lack of self esteem and self confidence. Furthermore, Katz has not had much success when dealing with romance as well so, this trail was a way for him to feel competent again. Specifically, during the trail he constantly seemed to be flirting with local town ladies, but no success gained because most of them were either completely deformed, or worse, already married. Moreover, as Katz was large, he felt embarrassed about being slower than what it seemed as everyone else on the trail, but he didn’t let it defeat him and plowed away and fought many battles with himself throughout the trail. This was evident while on the hike, Bryson was far away from Katz and saw him pushing through the trail waddling through all the pain he felt through manifestly, the most difficult physical endurance test known to man. This was crucial because this aspect added to his gain in confidence and self esteem because he felt like he could accomplish anything he wanted to. Finally, as Katz didn’t complete the trail, in retrospect, he gained the confidence he needed in order to pursue his dreams.
“A Walk in the Woods” has many moral lessons, but the most important lesson is that one must not give up when times get rough because that is when one can truly shine, thus creating their own personal success. Manifestly, this was evident throughout this book because many


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