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Into The Wild Book Vs Movie Essay

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Into the Wild is a personal tale of Chris McCandless’ journey as he runs away from home to try and live in the Alaskan wilderness. The book follows the story through the eyes of the author as he investigates the mysteriousness of Chris’ life through the eyes of those he came in contact with and the journals left behind. However like every book adapted into movie there are slight differences and characterizations throughout the story that aren’t expressed deeply enough or seen in a different light. Into the Wild is no different. The plot is same regarding Chris’ journey in both the movie and the book. However it is the execution of the book that gives Into the Wild more depth. Unlike the movie the book is portrayed through the eyes of Jon Krakauer…show more content…
Unlike the book, the movie portrays him as a very friendly and likeable person. This is conflicting to the book were in reality Chris wasn’t always a nice person often times he was abrasive. A great example to this is that in the book, Chris’ relationship with Tracy is very one sided. Tracy has a huge crush on Chris but Chris doesn’t like her much. While the movie shows them dating. The problem with showing the viewer that Chris is this wonderful person all the time is that it’s fake. Showing the character’s his faults makes him more relatable. On top of that Chris is very intriguing on his outlooks of the life he lives adding a sort of mysterious enigma to his character. “Some readers admired the boy immensely for his courage and noble ideals; other fulminated that he was a reckless idiot, a wacko, a narcissist who perished out of arrogance and stupidity—and was undeserving of the considerable media attention he received” (Krakauer – Author’s Note). As far as the movie goes it is very well done by paying homage to Krakauer’s Into the Wild. However because the movie is very linear in story telling as well as watered down characterization of Chris McCandless, the movie a watered down version of a story told with a much more interesting characterization and plot narrative. The novel Into the Wild combines the thrilling
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