The Mistaken Adventure In Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

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The Mistaken Adventure In the nonfictional novel, “Into the Wild,” by Jon Krakauer asserts the claim that Chris McCandless’ death should not be considered as suicidal, reckless, or idiotic, but should portray a sense of braveness, heroic, and noble. The author portrays this assertion by retracing Chris’ journey. He noted character witnesses that claimed to have met Chris on his journey, traced back to his family background, and compared his personal life to McCandless’ in order for the reader to compare and contrast the two together. McCandless small time decisions in the long run proved fatal, but it was an innocent mistake that anyone could have made. “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around it (Lee 85-87),” a quote that could be found in the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Many …show more content…

Later I unrolled my sleeping bag on her floor. Long after she fell asleep, I lay awake in the next room, listening to her peaceful exhalations. I had convinced myself for many months that I didn’t really mind the absence of intimacy in my life, the lack of real human connection, but the pleasure i’d felt in this woman’s company-the ring of her laughter, the innocent touch of a hand on my arm-exposed my self-deceit and left me hollow and aching. (Krakauer 137). This led to the connection that McCandless, just like Krakauer, had some days of sorrow and loneliness. Krakauer decided to return from his journey, concluding that no matter how badly someone may want something, there are goals that are impossible to reach. McCandless was possibly on this vision quest not because he wanted people to notice him, but to find his true self. It is possible that although it seemed like McCandless had such a good life, he felt that he was missing something on the inside. McCandless may have found out what he was missing just like Krakauer, but he may have found out too

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