Allusions Analysis: Into The Wild

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Into the Wild- Allusions Analysis

Analyze 7 Literary Allusions from the entire book (choose from any of the epigraphs) Quote (page #) Author’s name and brief bio Connection to McCandless (1-2 sentences) (at least 4 sentences)
“Greetings from Fairbanks! This is the last you shall hear from me… I now walk into the wild,” (3).
Chris McCandless was a 24 year old who left his comfortable life behind in order to explore what was out there in the wild.
This is a direct connect to McCandless and the first chapter not only because it was written by Chris himself, but also because this first chapter speaks of Jim Gallien’s encounter with “Alex” in
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Jack London had been an American novelist and is known for works such as The Call of the Wild, which McCandless greatly admired.
Chris McCandless had greatly admired Jack London, going as far as carving “Jack London is King” at what came to be the site of his death. The Jack London quote used in the epigraph describes a scene in the forest but uses bitter imagery- yet somehow still romanticises it. “Alex” was unable to ever see past the facade London had built- given that London had hardly ever spent time in the wild himself and most definitely nowhere near as intense as Alaska. This chapter had described how he had been found and this quote leads back to that because though Chris was intelligent, he did not understand that London had to make nature sound beautiful. Nature ended up getting the last laugh against McCandless and it cost him his
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They both were willing to put their lives in danger in order to examine nature closer or to get the full experience of nature. Both of them were under the assumption that they were basically immortal and that their only purpose was to be free. However maybe it is better that they both had roamed free- it is never a good idea to keep a wandering spirit cooped up. McCandless and Ruess had both felt that they were drawn to nature and meant to be there and that beauty was all that mattered. They were drawn to it and it eventually cost both of them their
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