Literary Analysis of Into the Wild

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Literary Analysis of Into The Wild Imagine spending thirty days alone in a tent or a cabin in the wilderness with no technology, electricity, running water, and any form of communication. Every day you wake up to the sight of the beautiful, tall trees and the various wildlife living in the area. Most of the time, you can hear the many sounds of nature: the majestic songs of birds, the whistling in the wind, and trees rustling. But sometimes all you can hear is nothing but silence. Most of us would not be able to do this and we would most likely want to be anywhere but here. Not many people will experience living in the wilderness, but for those who have will have memories to treasure forever. Among those people who would choose this…show more content…
However, his relationship with his father Walt is much worse. Just like his father, McCandless was strong-willed and determined. Krakauer reports McCandless's stubbornness, along with their contrasting beliefs, caused them to constantly clash with each other. McCandless always tried to live up to the high expectations set by Walt. According to Krakauer, when McCandless discovered that his father continued the relationship with his ex-wife, he felt betrayed and wronged by the hypocrisy of his father's expectations. During his junior year at Emory, his animosity towards his parents intensified because, according to McCandless, they symbolized the "injustice in the world at large" (123). He scorned the money and gifts his parents tried to give him because he saw it as an attempt to spoil him and "buy" his trust. In addition, he was infuriated when his mother contacted him because he considered it as "meddling" and referred to the letter as "stupid" (124). After he finished college, he realized that he does not want anything to do with them, so he went on an adventure to Alaska in order to castigate and escape his parents. He still carries the burden of that family animosity because he is unable to forgive them. As Krakauer reported that many of his acquaintances learned that he still has some family issues. The odyssey is a way to transfer his feelings into his parents. He wanted to reverse the suffering they caused him. If anything were to happen to Chris,
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