Into The Wild Analysis

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Into the Wild, written by Jon Krakauer, is a novel based on true events of a young man named Christopher McCandless, who left a promising life to venture off into the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness, just to be found dead four months later. After hearing about McCandless, Jon Karakuer, known for his writing about the outdoors fell in love with his story. This obsession led him to obsessive amounts of research contacting family and friends of McCandless. The author then spent the next couple of years reading Chris` diaries and traveling along the same paths taken by him on his journey to Alaska. Before writing the book, Karkauer wrote an article for an outdoor magazine, which was titled, “Death of an Innocent” which would eventually lead to the writing of the novel. Krakauer`s investment into the story of Christopher`s adventure would eventually lead to the style of the book itself. The random and unstructured order of the book is attributed to Krakauers unstructured investigation of Chris as he often jumped place to place on his journey into the Alaskan wilderness. Into the Wild effectively sheds light on the materialistic views of today’s society through the journey of Chris McCandless. McCandless grows up in a wealthy area of Washington D.C. He is very gifted in both academics and athletics and after graduating high school he embarks on a journey across the country. During this journey he discovers that his father, whom he had fully trusted, had a secret

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