Summary Of Into The Wild, By Jon Krakauer

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In the book Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer describes and investigates the true story of Christopher McCandless, a youthful graduate of Emory university in Atlanta. In september of 1922, Chris’s body is found in an abandoned bus in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. Prior to his death at 24 years of age, McCandless grew up in the well to do suburb of Annandale Virginia with his family and he had always been a terrific athlete and scholar from the start. Before moving on to college, Christopher goes on a summer long road trip across the country in which he discovers that his father Walter had secretly maintained a relationship with his first wife even after marrying his second wife which Chris’s mom. McCandless bottles this growing anger about …show more content…

He misleads his parents into thinking that he is still interested in law school. However after graduating he donates 25,000 dollars of savings to a charity, gets in his datsun, and drives off. Along the way he dropped his real name and took on the name of Alex Supertramp. After that he never spoke to his family again.

Shortly after driving off McCandless is forced to abandon his car after a flash flood drains his battery. From their he hitchhikes across the northwest, where he mostly lives on the streets and takes up a few jobs for little money.. On his journey he meets a few people who he grows close relationships with and maintains in contact with for the remainder of his short life.

After two years pass of his freestyle traveling, McCandless gets the idea of pushing his mind and body to the extreme by living deep in the Alaskan wilderness, alone and with the little supplies he has. He prepares himself by researching edible plants as well as hunting. He then leaves South Dakota, the place that he has been working the past few months, to head up north. Along the way, anyone he met was worried about his wellbeing and advised him not to go or wait till the right time of the year. However, Chris’s stubbornness, and determination get in the

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