The Wild By Jon Krakauer

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Identity is something that all human beings search for throughout their lives. Who a person is, defines not only who they are but what their life will be like. When a person knows who they are it can give them a sense of power and confidence. Although, sometimes the components of a person’s identity can amount to a less than desirable being. Within the narratives of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, “Survivor Type” by Stephen King, and “To Build A Fire” by Jack London the identities of each protagonist are evident in several ways. Into the Wild is a true story that follows the adult life of Christopher McCandless including personal accounts from his friends and family as he hitchhiked in the United States until his eventual demise in the Alaskan wilderness. “Survivor Type” is a short story following a drug-dealing surgeon named Richard Pine as he is stranded alone on a small island and must resort to cannibalism to survive. “To Build A Fire” is also a short story that tells of another man’s journey on the Yukon trail through negative seventy-five degree weather, alone. Through their actions, values, and beliefs each man’s identity is thoroughly unraveled within their narratives. The most obvious way that a person’s identity can be understood is through that individual’s actions. For instance, Christopher McCandless continued to push himself away from society and those closest to him and eventually made his way to his ultimate destination-the Alaskan Wilderness-where he

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