An Analysis Of The Mooose In Into The Wild, By Jon Krakauer

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In chapter 16 of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless realizes that he may want to return home. There were many events that might have lead Chris to this decision and convinced him it was time to go, but one of the most impactful was his incident with the moose. In need of food Chris had killed a moose, but in the process of trying to preserve it he realized that the moose and all of his work had practically gone to waste. “June 14: ‘Maggots already! Smoking appears ineffective. Don’t know, looks like disaster. I now wish I had never shot the moose. One of the greatest tragedies of my life.’” (167) Chris may have realized that this wasn’t the life for him or that he wasn’t as prepared or confident as he had originally thought. This
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