When the young Chris McCandless set off into the wild in April 1992, many people were unsure of whether or not he would make it out alive. Unfortunately, Chris died in the Alaskan wilderness and captured the attention of a curious writer. Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild, was very intrigued by what had caused this young man headed to a life of future and promise to leave everything behind to pursue a life of hardship. In the book Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer uses letters, testimonies, analogies, anecdotes, and language to help divulge why Chris McCandless turned his life upside down and was more happy with his life after doing so. “Here is a copy of my final transcript. Gradewise things went pretty well and I ended up with a high cumulative …show more content…
One such person was Carl McCunn who was stranded in the wilderness and ended up taking his own life to avoid slowly starving to death. One of his friends stated that, “...Carl was too laid back. He was a party boy.”(84) This situation had a similar end to Chris’ story there a a bit of a difference between the two men. Chris was able to survive four months in the wilderness before dying, with very few resources to begin with. He also didn’t take his own life because, we can assume, he assumed that was the coward’s way out. It also appears to the reader that Chris, while not prepared in material things, mentally was aware of what he was going to face and was ok with that. However, it appears that Carl, according to his friend, was not completely aware of how harsh the wild could be. Chris appeared accepting of things and had his fair share of people tell him to take more supplies with him and be careful and to make sure he knew what he was doing out there in the wilderness. By showing that compared to others was in fact very well prepared, at least mentally, Krakauer shows his audience that Chris was not crazy; although many of the readers of the original article assumed Chris had a death wish as being
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In Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, he focuses on one main person, Chris McCandless. Krakauer explains most of Chris's life and even, at times, puts his own input into the pages of this book. Chris McCandless (a.k.a Alexander Supertramp) was from Chesapeake Beach, Maryland. Chris had a father, Walt McCandless, a mother, Billie Mccandless, and a younger sister, Carine. Chris's obsession with nature and high-risk activities was believed to start when "Walt took Billie and his children from both marriages to climb Longs Peak in Colorado."
Into the Wild tells the story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on an adventure across the U.S. Chris lived for adventure, and sadly met his demise in the Alaskan wilderness. Chris’ death brought about a large debate as to whether Chris was insane or simply idealistic. Krakauer wrote Into the Wild to prove Chris’ sanity and soundly completes that task by using rhetorical devices to persuade his audience. Throughout the book, Krakauer uses ethos to develop Chris’ credibility by providing examples of people who are similar to him. For example, Krakauer provides multiple examples of people who were very similar to Chris, such as Everett Ruess.
Even this, however, does not constitute an ethical transgression on McCandless’ part. If Into the Wild proves anything, it is that McCandless is not suicidal, making any hurt caused by him completely unintentional. Chris spends large parts of his days ensuring that he will have enough food by hunting (164), reads about edible plants before going into the woods so that he will know what to consume (160), and ultimately, leaves a note which asks for help when he realizes he can no longer make it out of on his own (12). He has every intention of coming out of Alaska alive, which means that any emotional harm caused to his relatives is entirely accidental. McCandless never intends to hurt
When he decided to take on this adventure, he basically threw his life away. “In May 1990, Chris graduated from Emory University in Atlanta.”(20) He had a high school and college degree. Not many people with an education like that would drop their whole life to go risk it in the wild. “More than 24,000 dollars remained at the time of Chris’s graduation.”
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a biography that follows Chris McCandless and his journey through the wilderness while finding himself along the way. Chris McCandless died in the August of 1992 after a four month journey through places like Mexico and Alaska. Krakauer investigates his actions and analyzes his identity after his death, trying to find meaning within his seemingly unnecessary expedition. Chris McCandless constructs his personal identity as a man who wanted to be challenged and inspired by his actions and interests with people he met on the road, and his beliefs and values as a stubborn person. Chris McCandless’s actions are unusual in many ways; for one, he graduates college with honors, but instead of pursuing a career,
Stuckey was one of the many people that Chris met and impacted when traveling up to Alaska. Stuckey decided to give the clean-shaven Chris McCandless a ride to Fairbanks, Alaska, despite policy stating against picking up hitchhikers on the trucking route. In the short three days of traveling together, Stuckey learned that Chris had wanted to “live off of the land” since childhood. The book Into the Wild gives a quote from Stuckey that explains one idea of Chris’s motive for the actions taken. “He wanted to prove himself that he could make it on his own, without anyone else’s help” (Krakauer 159).
Anyone can have a story in their life and can turn it into a book. Jon Krakauer wrote Into the Wild on what happened to Christopher McCandless and turned his story into a novel. Jon Krakauer´s structure his novel to let the reader have their own opinions on Christopher McCandless by stating the book is on his bias viewpoint, putting it in non-chronological order, and wrote about his own background life story, which is all important to strengthen Krakauer 's motive of writing his book. Into the Wild, focuses on the young individual named Christopher McCandless who hitchhiked to Alaska. Along the way, in his journey, he met new people and traveled in many places.
Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild investigates the life and adventures of Chris McCandless. The author provides information about Chris’ life to illuminate his journey. Krakauer also uses rhetorical appeals to defend Chris’ rationale for his journey. Through Krakauer’s use of pathos, ethos, and logos, he persuades the audience that Chris is not foolish; however, Krakauer’s intimacy with Chris and his adventures inhibits his objectivity.
In Chris 's quest to become free and to find himself, also found death. He was irresponsible because instead of finding his way through a reasonable way, he just dropped everything, changed his name, and left without telling anyone anything. He should have realized that his .22 caliber rifle would not kill any big game such as moose or deer without multiple shots. Chris didn 't know about the seeds he was eating too, as they turned out to be toxic "... In the case if Chrisopher McCandless, there is evidence that H. alpinum seeds constituted a significant portion of his meager diet during a period before his death...
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ―Maya Angelou. Jon Krakauer’s true story titled Into the Wild is about a man who decides to throw away his old life and escape the rules of conventional society. Twenty-two-year-old Chris McCandless came from a well-to-do family in Virginia and, without warning, abandons everything. He changes his name, loses contact with his family, gives away his car and all his money, and begins a two-year long journey hitchhiking to Alaska where he eventually dies of starvation.
Jon Krakauer has a high amount of respect for Christopher J. McCandless; not only because they have many similarities, but because McCandless searched deep for the meaning of life and did as he pleased. In the book, “Into The Wild,” Krakauer not only tells the story of McCandless, but also of his own life, and how he has been shaped into his own. Krakauer had a deep love for the wild, just as Chris did. Though, the two did not do the same things, they both pursued their passions which made it easier for Krakauer to relate to Chris. Once climbing a mountain, Krakauer had ran into trouble, just as Chris did on his journey.
He understood that Chris was a well educated and arrogant man, leading him to be full of himself, while ill equipped. Gallien described “[his] gear [as] exceedingly minimal for the harsh conditions of the interior” (Krakauer, 1997, p. 6), and rather than listen to the advice of others, Chris moved forward with his plans. He clutched onto the knowledge he gathered from the society he ran from, in a weak attempt to find individuality, which resulted in his death by starvation and late realization that “happiness [is] only real when shared” (Krakauer, 1997, p. 129). It’d be easy for someone to accept starvation as a cause of death in such a scenario, but Jon saw beyond that, allowing the reader to analyze Jon ’s own analysis of the journaling that Chris did.
Into the Wild Essay In 1992, 24 year old Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions and decided to hitchhike to Alaska and invent a new life for himself. Chris had just finished college and many thought he was going to further his education but instead he took a fatal trip into the wild. There are many questions still unanswered to why he felt he needed to go on this trip and people will never know the real reason why Chris McCandless hitchhiked to Alaska by himself with insufficient equipment.
Into the wild, is a book by Jon Krakauer that later got turned into a film by Sean Penn, it follows the life of Christopher McCandless, who graduated from Emory University as a top student and athlete with wealthy pushing parents. Instead of continuing his life as a working man of society and taking his offers at top law schools, he decides to ultimately completely disconnect himself from society and instead tries to find his own meaning of life in the wild. Shaun Callarman says “ I think that Chris McCandless was bright and ignorant at the same time.” and i really agree with him on that because even though he left his college a top student the way he wanted to completely disconnect himself the way he did was ignorant. Not only that In the movie it clearly shows that even though he didn't want to connect with people on his journey to alaska he did, I think that if he wouldn't have been so set on being alone and not being attached to others he wouldn't have died the way he did.