Into The Wild Chris Mccandless Journey Analysis

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In contrast to what some individuals may believe, Chris McCandless was not a lonely hermit who lived his life alone wanting no correlation with humans. Infact Chris had several friends at home in Virginia and met a number of people whom he became very close to on his expedition. In order for the audience to truly understand not only Chris’s actions but his mind, Krakauer uses several credible sources who knew or met Chris on his journey so that we can catch glimpse as to what made Chris tick. One person who is not crucial to the story however shares great insight the reasons behind Chris’s departure is Eric Hathaway. Eric was an old highschool friend of Chris’s, he remarks about something Chris said during cross-country. “He’d tell us to think…show more content…
The two became very close infact Ron wanted to adopt Chris, however Chris had his heart set on reaching Alaska. In a note Chris wrote to Ron he explains his viewpoints on the way mankind functions. “The very basic core of a man 's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Krakauer uses rhetorical appeals and devices to illustrate to the audience that Chris was trying to sever his ties from the materialistic world he once lived in because he wanted to pursue his own non-conformist
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Krakauer used connotative diction to generate emotion amongst the audience, to help himself and the readers fully understand his motives. In a note Chris wrote in bus 142 that he inhabited during his adventure in the Alaskan wilderness he writes, “no longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees and walks alone upon the land to be lost in the wild” (163). Krakauer convinces the reading audience to believe that Chris despised the materialistic society his parents lived, he had to get out of it to no longer be contaminated and to save himself before personal destruction. The word poisoned is a rather menacing connotation. The fact that Chris feels as if his mentality and physical well being are compromised by continuing to exist in such an acquisitive civilization allows the reader to see his beliefs. Which are of a simple life, living merely off what can be made with one 's own two hands, enjoying the thrill of living a perilous
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