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.
Throughout the novel “Into the Wild” the character Mccandless had planned to leave off on his own to explore the forest of Alaska. Mccandless was the son of a wealthy parents, he left them with the intention to show or prove something to himself and his family, after he left without telling them. He had donated all his money he had earned and gave it all to charity and practically gave up all his possessions. This young man was not prepared to be out in the wild since he did not have the right equipment and food supplies to survive out in the wild. He was later found dead inside of a school bus that had been sitting in the wild for years.
In Into The wild, Krakauer narrates the last couple of journeys Mccandless had on his adventure to Alaska where he ultimately died. Mccandless Touched many people's lives through all of his journeys. Mccandless went on these journeys because he was confused in life when he figured out his dad had cheated on his mom. This changed Mccandless to the point he began to hate his parents. Mccandless had a lot of confidence in himself so he left on an adventure to find his identity.
Krakauer 's Into The Wild presents significant impact on the character of Chris McCandless through the few female voices of the novel, their individual relationships with Chris, and how the relationships are viewed on both ends. Through Billie’s eyes,
The story of Chris McCandless may be illustrated as exhibiting an empathetic tone. Meaning Krakauer had the aptitude to comprehend and share the emotions or even beliefs of another or in this instance Chris McCandless. Throughout the book, Krakauer creates frequent and several connections between himself and McCandless, while dismissing antagonistic criticism directed towards McCandless. On Page 155 for instance, Krakauer compares McCandless with himself at that age, justifying much of his and Chris’s behavior on their adolescence and recklessness. Krakauer states that as a young man, he possessed an analogous distancing from his father, a “similar intensity and heedlessness”, and believed that the intentions of McCandless’s journey, similar
The book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer portrays a teenager named Christopher McCandless, who is unsatisfied with the conventional and materialistic lifestyle that society has come to value. McCandless’s unusual adventures and subsequent death led to comments describing his actions as irrational and cowardly. Yet, one must fully understand the principle that McCandless was standing for before evaluating his decisions. Christopher McCandless’s values are exemplified in his letter to Ronald Franz, where he emphasizes the need for an individual to take risks and embrace nature; in doing so, he reveals himself as a brave and adventurous man who refuses to let boredom take over his life. Christopher McCandless insists that a life of uniformity is damaging to the adventurous spirit that is inherent to all people, and
Into the wild “Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past” (John Krakauer). Do you think feeling some type of way should give you the right just to leave everyone? I believe that McCandless is dumb for leaving his family and friends without a warning. Having them worried sick for him without knowing anything of where he is.
I believe we have a choice in this world, on whether to be remembered or to be forgotten. Chris McCandless was definitely remembered. Many people argue that Chris was either psycho, selfish, or a naturalist. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I believe that Chris was an outcast. From when he was younger, until his death, everyone questioned his actions.
In the biography about Chris McCandless, Into The Wild, author Jon Krakauer shows how independent McCandless is in the first three chapters. Krakauer shows how independent McCandless is, or how independent he thinks he is, through his diction and indirect characterization. Krakauer continuously added parts into the book that showed how independent Chris was. When writing a letter to Carin, one of the people he had been living with at the time, he complained, “they will think that they have bought my respect!” (21).
When McCandless returned home his parents expressed their fears about his dangerous, daunting trips. Although he knew the dangerous situations he was putting himself through, he didn’t want to back down to his parents, “he wanted to prove to himself that he could make it on his own, without anybody else’s help” (178). He was tired of being babied by his parents, he wanted to show them that he was no longer a boy, but a man. McCandless’ refusal of his parent’s loving advice therefore proves that he wished to be his own person, stating the actions of his trip into the wild as being sane, and a product of independence.
In chapters 14 and 15, John Krakauer attempts to prove that Chris McCandless did not die because he was suicidal, but rather he died because of an accident and his stubborn personality, by telling Krakauer’s own personal story to make connections to Chris so that the readers can trust him with his judgements about Chris and they can have a better understanding of Chris’s characteristics. The author starts chapter 14 by inserting his personal life experience as a young man to make connections to Chris and to show the readers their similarities so that they can rely on his judgement. Just like Chris, Krakauer was a stubborn, determined, a loner, and an outdoorsman. As a young man, Krakauer was a risk taker.
In attempts to achieve a greater understanding of absolute reality and truth, Christopher McCandless temporarily separates from societal influences and undertakes an odyssey into the Alaskan wilderness. Powered by the notion of happiness through self-reliance, McCandless retreats from the social and into a deeper self, undergoing a profound realization of himself and truth. Linking McCandless’s countercultural actions to various literary influences ultimately reveal the overarching transcendentalist forces in which shape his determination to enter the wild and seclude himself from the social. The philosophy behind transcendentalism recognizes and rejects the flaws and corruption engrossed in the precepts of the status-quo society.
At the end of his voyage, Chris is at peace with himself, as shown by the picture of him in front of the bus. He is so ambitious, and finally kicks himself off the track of the conformity that society puts upon him, and into his own freedom that he finds through exploring and being one with nature. While Chris is in Alaska, he makes an attempt to leave the wilderness, but was prevented by a treacherous river, which may indicate his desire to return back to civilization and his family. During his trip into the wild, Chris soon begins to starve and voyages out to find food. He finds potato roots and poorly stores them causing them to grow toxic mold that is fatal when digested.