Into The Wild Character Analysis

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Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book, based on the real story of Christopher McCandless, who in the April of 1992,set off alone into the Alaskan wild. He had given all his savings to charity, abandoned his car and his possessions. Unlike others, he wanted to live a life of independence, free from materialistic pleasures and filled with nature and it’s beauty. In addition, McCandless shed his legal name early in his journey, adopting the moniker ‘Alexander Supertramp’. He travelled a lot to places such as South Dakota, Salton City before hitchhiking to Alaska. Along his journey, he befriended few people whom he was in contact with till the end. McCandless kept a daily short journal and also clicked pictures which helped Krakauer to better understand his journey. Krakauer interprets McCandless ' intensely ascetic personality as possibly influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau and Jack London. He explores the similarities between McCandless ' experiences and motivations, and his own as a young man, recounting in detail Krakauer 's own attempt to climb The Devil’s Thumb in Alaska. Krakauer also narrates the stories of some other young men who vanished into the wilderness, such as Everett Ruess: an artist and wanderer who went missing in the Utah Dessert during 1934, at age 20. In addition,
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