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Jon Krakauer 's Into The Wild

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Jon Krakauer loves to write about taking dangerous risks. He was born on April 12, 1954 in Brookline, Massachusetts. When he was eight years old, he climbed Oregon’s 10,000-foot South Sister (Authors and Artist for Young Adults 1). At this young age, climbing and risk taking became part of his life. “Between his early dreams of Everest and his actual ascent of the mountain, Krakauer made several other climbs that eventually led to a writing career” (Authors and Artist for Young Adults 1). Krakauer writes books to show the readers the outcome of taking a big risk. He illustrates the theme of risk taking in the nonfiction stories, Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Where Men Win Glory. In Krakauer’s book, Into the Wild, the main character…show more content…
He walked with his bag full of supplies. It wasn’t easy for him, but it made him happy to escape from all the family nonsense. During his journey he experienced a lot of trouble. Krakauer says, “And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure, the climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the great white North" (Into the Wild 163). In order to get around, he walked or hitchhiked for rides with strangers. He even changed his name to Alex to escape his past. Alex was not fully prepared for what experiences laid ahead and did not think too thoroughly about this journey he was taking. “A hundred miles out of Fairbanks the highway begins to climb into the foothills of the Alaska Range. As the truck lurched over a bridge across the Nenana River, Alex looked down at the swift current and remarked that he was afraid of the water” (Krakauer, Into the Wild 5). Alex did not think thoroughly about this because he was scared of water and Alaska is surrounded by water. It gave him an added challenged. During this journey he faced problems of food. He began eating plants. One of them was poisonous and could ultimately kill him. In the final moments of his life he was miserable because he was suffering, and had nothing left but the realization of what he had done to himself. He brought pain to his mother and family. His mother
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