Into The Wild Materialism

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John Krakauer recounted the journey of Chris McCandless in his novel Into the Wild. After giving his college savings to Oxfam, Chris left his life behind to venture out west and live a minimalist life. Before writing Into The Wild, Krakauer wrote a magazine article about Chris’ journey. The magazine article created a buzz, with curious readers craving answers and details of Chris’ life. Krakauer delved deeper into the story and wrote what became the popular novel Into the Wild. Although the book is centered on McCandless’ journey, includes stories of himself and others who dared to go on a journey like that of Chris’. The author 's purpose in Into The Wild was to explain reasoning for why Chris McCandless left society and materialism to embark on a new journey to western America.

After hearing countless stories about Chris McCandless,
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Chris’ views on materialism led to him soon leaving his family going out into the wild unprepared. He 's lost all hope and wants to be alone away from his parents, who changed the definition of truth for him. Along with being obsessed with McCandless, Krakauer included his story of the time he spent at the Devil’s Thumb. He traveled around the country searching for as much evidence and information he could gather about the life of Chris McCandless. A very big part of why the author decided to write this novel is because of how he could relate to Chris McCandless with personal stories of his own. Knowing how chaotic the adventure that he took up looking for answers was, Krakauer wrote the book in a random unstructured order by jumping from different places and years because he felt it was as hard as the journey of Chris McCandless. The author 's purpose in Into The Wild was to explain reasoning for why Chris McCandless left society and materialism to embark on a new journey to western
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