Into Thin Air

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Deshun Deysel Character Analysis

Black South African woman recruited by Ian Woodall for the South African Everest expedition. Krakauer suggests that Woodall manipulates Deysel into thinking that she might be ascending Everest with Woodall and the rest of the team, even though it's clear that Woodall never intended for her to do so—he never even bothered getting a climbing permit for her.
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Deshun Deysel Character Timeline in Into Thin Air

The timeline below shows where the character Deshun Deysel appears in Into Thin Air. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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Commercialization Theme Icon
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...had to reconfigure the team. Previously, he’d recruited a backup climber, a black woman named Deshun Deysel , who had almost no climbing experience. After the first “wave” of resignations, Woodall claimed... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Individualism and the Group Theme Icon
...Krakauer meet Ian Woodall’s girlfriend, Alexandrine Gaudin, his brother, Philip Woodall, and another team member, Deshun Deysel . Krakauer planned to ask Deysel if she knew that her name wasn’t listed for... (full context)