Jon Krakauer's Epigraph Analysis

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One of Krakauer’s strongest tools in supporting his argument comes from the use of epigraphs. Krakauer begins every chapter with an epigraph; some are brief and concise, while others are an entire page. Nevertheless, each epigraph has a specific location for a specific reason. Quoting various fragments, including “...a person whose principal need was to find some kind of meaning in life, not [entirely or even chiefly] dependent upon relationships.” (61) sounds eerily similar to McCandless’ logic. Furthermore, the epigraph affiliates McCandless with other similar adventurers, as there are countless who share(d) identical desires as McCandless. Various other epigraphs relate to the purpose of McCandless’ journey, and the potential justification
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