Top Man By James Ramsey Ullman Fundamentals of Literature (pp. 35-50) About the author . . . . http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://diglib.princeton.edu /ead/bioghist-images/ James Ramsey Ullman (1907–1971) was an American writer and mountaineer. The books he wrote were mostly about mountaineering. His works include Banner in the Sky (which was filmed in Switzerland as Third Man on the Mountain), and The White Tower (which would star Glenn Ford and Lloyd Bridges). He was the ghost writer for Tenzing Norgay's autobiography Man of Everest (originally published as Tiger of the Snows). Several books were produced as major motion pictures. [High Conquest, The White Tower, River of The Sun, Windom's Way, and Banner in the Sky-which was also a 1955 Newbery Honor book.] He also wrote the short story "Top Man", a story about mountaineers climbing K3, a mountain in India. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Ramsey_Ullman About the author . . . . “It is the ultimate wisdom of the mountains that we are never so much human as when we are striving for what is beyond our grasp, and that there is no battle worth the winning save that against our own ignorance and fear.” - James Ramsey Ullman http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://diglib.princeton.edu /ead/bioghist-images/ Review: Characters • dynamic—changing or growing characters – also “round” • static—unchanging or one-dimensional characters – also “flat” Note: sometimes inanimate objects play the roles of characters • protagonist—the central character for whom the reader feels sympathy – many times the hero but not always • antagonist—the character who opposes the protagonist – opposing force – not necessarily bad or evil Review: Conflict in Literature Man vs. power greater than himself — God –– Nature Man vs. man Man vs. self “Top Man” by James Ramsey Ullman (pp. 35-50) • Setting: Today known as K3, Mt. Kalpurtha is the fourth highest mountain on Earth, according to the story. • FYI: The teacher could not find information about Mt. Kalpurtha on the Internet; however a mountain, K3 in the Himalayas is also known as Broad Peak, and is the twelfth tallest peak in the world. This is a picture of Broad Peak. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Peak “Top Man” by James Ramsey Ullman (pp. 35-50) • What are some specific passages that clearly reflect the influence of Ullman’s experience? “Top Man” by James Ramsey Ullman (pp. 35-50) • Who is the central character in the story? “Top Man” by James Ramsey Ullman (pp. 35-50) • Who opposes the central character? “Top Man” by James Ramsey Ullman (pp. 35-50) • Explain how each conflict is solved. • Which of these conflicts is the most dominant conflict? Why?