The Realist In John Krakauer: An Analysis Of Mccandless

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Realist: This means to have an understanding of what can be accomplished. By using this word, Krakauer was able to let the readers know that he viewed McCandless as more of a realist than an idealist. Being a realist is a noble trait, due to its denotation meaning of the word which implies that one knows their own limit and weakness and knows how to set forth and complete a goal. Ambivalent about killing animals: The meaning of the phrase is having mixed or contradictory feelings or ideas about killing animals. This is a noble trait to have because it shows how taking a life is often time a hard thing to do, but it is done so that the animal becomes food. By using this to describe McCandless, Krakauer implies that McCandless had a heart…show more content…
By using this phrase, Krakauer demonstrates how McCandless does not fit the mold that many people made for him. It shows that McCandless was not a crazy person but someone with intelligence and more to him than meets the eye, which is more noble than it is reckless. McCandless wasn’t some feckless slacker: Here Krakauer is referring to the things McCandless was not. This represents the idea of how people saw McCandless was, but Krakauer contradicts that by saying what McCandless was not that or this. This is noble because all the traits Krakauer listed are negative and insults, and by saying that McCandless did not have or exhibits these traits, it is implied that McCandless had more noble and positive traits. Smiling in the picture: This portrays noble because Krakauer uses this phrase to demonstrate the strength that McCandless had even when he knew his time of death was coming soon. In the face of death, many people are afraid and scared, however, Krakauer, shares with the readers that McCandless was smiling. This shows how Krakauer, saw the bravery and courage that McCandless had even up to his inevitable

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