Don't Climb Every Mountain

  title={Don't Climb Every Mountain},
  author={Elizabeth A. Wheeler},
  journal={Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment},
  • Elizabeth A. Wheeler
  • Published 1 December 2013
  • Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Mountains and disabled people have something in common: they both get stereotyped as inspirational. Climbing a mountain, reaching its peak, is a personal experience mediated by centuries of preexisting symbolism. The mountaintop stands for all kinds of excellence: the high point, the acme, the peak of perfection, and the sublime. The mountain has an imperative quality: if you can climb it, you must climb it, “because it was there.” Don't just climb one mountain; “Climb Ev'ry Mountain.” The… 


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