Analysis Of The Book ' The Wild ' New York ' Anchor '

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Andrey Nikitin
August 19th, 2014
Journal 1: Bibliographic Entry Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. Print.
Journal 2: Visual Symbol-Money As Christopher McCandless lived through his adolescent life he was “always an entrepreneur” (115), whether Chris was selling vegetables at an early age to his neighbors or opening his own copy business. However, as Chris grew older, he “believed that wealth was shameful, corrupting, inherently evil” (115). This signifies his distaste of his parents and their lifestyle, as well as his actions that caused him to hate his fellow peers at Emory whose families were substantially rich. He notably loved to help the less fortunate as described by his friend Eric.
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This is seen in his burning of money and the way of life that he committed to. In which he never bothered to gain anything else except what was necessary for his survival, a life in which one lived off the land with minimal human contact. The significance of money being used as a symbol is to show the reader how we have deemed ourselves with overburdening life where money is at the center of our world, and once we leave ourselves from this burden, true happiness can be achieved as with Chris.
Journal 3: Setting
• “this one from Alaska, with a photo of a polar bear on the front” (69)
• “I now walk out to live amongst the wild” (69)
• “from which a boardwalk leads half a mile across a marsh to a series of natural thermal pools”(158)
• “There’s still two foot, three foot of snow on the ground” (159)
• “McCandless pitches his tent on a patch of hard-frozen ground surrounded by birch trees” (161)
• “only the faint remnants of a packed snow-machine track remained for him to follow” (162)
• “giving him a of the whole icy sweep of the Alaska Range and mile after mile of inhabited country” (164)
• “He wrote down in the Journal on June 10. ‘Fly and mosquito hordes’ ” (166)
• “Hundreds of delicate bones litter the clearing around the vehicle, scattered among thousands of porcupine quills: the remnants of the small game that made up the bulk of McCandless’s diet.” (177)
• “It smells like dead birds in here” (178) As Chris McCandless travels
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