Use of Literary Techniques by Jon Krakauer When Writing Into the Wild

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In the novel “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, Krakauer tells the story of a Chris McCandless through different points of view perceived from people close to him. Despite the fact the Krakauer did not personally know Chris McCandless, Krakauer uses opinions from himself and others to help conclude meaning and impact behindMcCandless’s journey. Krakauer introduces events in the story in an order such that it also introduces the significance behind them. These techniques help the reader conclude the mystery behind Chris McCandless’s journey. In the novel, Krakauer mentions that Chris McCandless’s changed his name to Alexander Supertramp, in which many of the people that he came in contact with called him. In the novel Krakauer introduces…show more content…
Did the author consider that maybe these people shared exact or similar beliefs as McCandless? However, I believe that this novel may have encouraged this type of behavior by presenting Chris McCandless as an archetype for the idea of the way you want to. From the details told by Gallien, Krakauer notes that Gallien was concerned that Alex only contained a ten-pound bag of rice, a rifle that was a .22 caliber and “ no ax, no bug dope, no snowshoes, and no compass” that are essential to survival in the wilderness. As analyzed in the dialogue between McCandless and Gallien, McCandless appears as the type of person who believes that nothing is inevitable. McCandless’s journey can be seen as an act of bravery or idiotic depending on your opinion, but this story also teaches society valuable lessons on life. The story McCandless’s lifestyle persuades society to examine and observe the world from a different person’s perspective. It is believed in Krakauer’s novel that McCandless alienated himself from society because he was upset to learn that his father was a bigamist and others believed that he went to find himself through exploration. His journey teaches the larger picture of life such as living life in a way that makes you happy- a message shown in journals written by McCandless. Although he knew he was in danger he made no attempt to receive help and his journal entries portray no evidence that

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