The short story of a man wandering across the Yukon Territory in midwinter creates a multitude of feelings in the reader. However, no feeling is stronger than the suspense about the survival of the main character. The man sets out alone to cross the Yukon Territory alone, despite warnings about the dangers of doing so. These dangers as told to us through through the eyes of a narrator develop the anticipation that keeps the story entertaining. Jack London’s effective use of basic literary techniques such as narration and conflict in the short story “To Build a Fire” is successful in keeping the reader involved throughout the story.
The Alaskan Bush is one of the hardest places to survive without any assistance, supplies, skills, and little food. Jon Krakauer explains in his biography, Into The Wild, how Christopher McCandless ventured into the Alaskan Bush and ultimately perished due to lack of preparation and hubris. McCandless was an intelligent young man who made a few mistakes but overall Krakauer believed that McCandless was not an ignorant adrenalin junkie who had no respect for the land. Krakauer chose to write this biography because he too had the strong desire to discover and explore as he also ventured into the Alaskan Bush when he was a young man, but he survived unlike McCandless. Krakauer’s argument was convincing because he gives credible evidence that McCandless was not foolish like many critics say he was.
Anyone can have a story in their life and can turn it into a book. Jon Krakauer wrote Into the Wild on what happened to Christopher McCandless and turned his story into a novel. Jon Krakauer´s structure his novel to let the reader have their own opinions on Christopher McCandless by stating the book is on his bias viewpoint, putting it in non-chronological order, and wrote about his own background life story, which is all important to strengthen Krakauer 's motive of writing his book. Into the Wild, focuses on the young individual named Christopher McCandless who hitchhiked to Alaska. Along the way, in his journey, he met new people and traveled in many places.
“‘This is the last you will hear from me…I now walk into the wild’” (Krauker, 69) Jon Krauker’s suspenseful novel, Into the Wild, gives an intricate insight into the life and death of Chris McCandless. He knows this trip could be fatal, but he does it anyway, ignoring the fact that his parents and family still cared about him. He was being ignorant toward the people who warned him about going into Alaska on his own and toward his family.
In the 2013 online article, “The Chris McCandless Obsession Problem”, author Diana Saverin describes the Alaskan wilderness travel phenomenon along with attempting to uncover the ‘McCandless Pilgrims’ “root of motivation. Sparked by the release of both Jon Krakauer’s and Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild”, numerous individuals pack their backpacks and eagerly step into their (sometimes newly-bought) hiking shoes and tramp into the Alaskan Wild to pay homage to their hero Chris McCandless. Filled with personal anecdotes and interviews, Severin’s Outside article takes a new approach Into the Wild commentary by directing attention to the lives McCandless’s story affected indirectly rather than critiquing on McCandless himself. In response to what appears to be a huge amount of troubled McCandless-inspired tramping stories, Saverin provides an unbiased rationale as a attempt to explain why so many are “willing to risk injury, and even death, to..visit the last home of Alaska’s most famous adventure casualty”. Saverin begins her article with anecdote- telling the unfortunate experience of young lovers and adept adventure seekers, Ackerman and Gros.
The man was a ruthless man who did not give up very easily, even in the most obviously bad situations. “The tragic tale of a man who decides to travel alone through the hostile environment of the Yukon in sub-freeing temperatures and falls victim to the unrelenting and unforgiving power of nature(Robbins).” The man was a stubborn man who did not think ahead of what the possibilities of his actions may result in. This man did not make very good choices of what he should have done when looking for his buddies, in result, he did not survive because he froze to death in the snow storm. The man made a choice to light all his matches at once, and a possibility for that little time he got some warmth and made the wrong choice because then after he had no more
Hitchhiking to Alaska changed how McCandless chose to live and view his life, which explains one of the key factors in why Krakauer has such a favorable bias towards Christopher McCandless. Within Krakauer’s novel, he demonstrates, through the use of multiple literary strategies in both chapters 6 and 7, that he has a positive bias towards Chris McCandless, illustrating how McCandless shapes into a character with uniquely noble ideals and philosophies. Krakauer intertwines multiple literary conventions in his writing, including imagery, repetition, and literary allusions, in order to generate detailed images in our minds; therefore
The story of Chris McCandless has become a pop culture phenomenon. Many are fascinated by his desire to abandon his family and society and “walk into the wild” (Krakauer 69). Newscasts, magazine articles, movies, and books have tried to define what motivated him to give up everything for his Alaskan odyssey; however, the answers died with McCandless. People make assumptions about him without knowing his entire story. McCandless chose to do the unconventional, making people think he was either foolish or brave and determined, but ultimately he was justified for doing what he did.
In Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless completely abandons the society in which he resides and goes off the grid. More specifically, he leaves his family, belongings, and societal expectations behind to pursue his purpose in life: head towards Alaska. After the death of McCandless, Krakauer delves into people’s opinions on his voyage; Many criticize what he did, saying that he was arrogant as he went into the wild completely unprepared. However, others praise McCandless’s courage and respect what he did. Although many believe that Chris appears to be an arrogant narcissist, he truly renders an admirable hero, because he went on a risky journey into the unknown with few resources to escape the oppression he faced – something many
Imagine if it is colder than ice with no sun present at anytime through the journey through the Yukon Territory. In this short story, “To Build a Fire,” by Jack London the setting makes it have many major impacts in the story because of the impacts on the character, the plot and also on the theme as well. In this short story just to tell you a little about it the man who is the man character believes that he can travel through the Yukon Territory by his self after being told that no man can travel through alone.
Alaska, the final Frontier Overview:- Occupying the position as the 49th state in the United States, Alaska which is also known as the final frontier shares its borders with the country of Canada with the southern region sharing its borders with the British Colombia regions of Canada. The Northern sides of the states are in proximity to the Beaufort seas which form the southern tip of the Arctic sea, while the western and southern regions of the state give away into the Pacific Ocean. The state is the fourth least populous with most of the population of over 750,000 residents of the state residing in the city of Anchorage which is the largest metropolitan region in the state. The climate is very cold owing to its close proximity to the Arctic with the economy being
The autobiographical novel Winterdance, written by Gary Paulsen, is based on the author’s experiences in both training for and running in the Iditarod dog sled race. Held in Alaska, the race conditions are so extreme it is cold enough for your eyeballs to potentially freeze. An important setting in the novel is the Iditarod dog sled race as throughout the novel, it helps me understand a key character - Gary Paulsen. He allows me to explore the idea of how experiences can change your understanding on life and the significance of loyalty. Gary Paulsen beautifully illustrates the extraordinary setting of the Iditarod dog sled in the novel; Winterdance, to portray and help us understand his experiences.
In the plot, the story starts off with the man walking with his dog to find a camp where his friends are. He was not used to cold weather, so he thought that he would be okay with one stop, which we learn later that was not a wise choice. The man seems very dumb to think that one stop with a fire would be enough for the long journey. By listening to the old man when he left, he could have avoided a lot of situations by doing this.
Ellie’s body could not tell the difference between hot and cold from the days of running the in freezing cold. “How was I to leave this warm blanket?” His body was at such a state he thought the snow was warm. I am surprised he did not get frostbites and his fingers and toes fall off. People did not have sufficient clothing to survive the weather, and yet they covered twenty kilometers by running.