Literary Analysis Into The Wild

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Regret or Meaning
In the novel Into The Wild by John Krakauer, published in 1996 the protagonist Chris McCandless (Alexander Supertramp) discovers his own meaning of life, or his sense of truth of the world. Told in the narrative of Krakauer, he addresses the theme by describing the setting of Chris’s life, establishing his main conflict of not having the right supplies, money, food, knowledge for his trip, and incorporating the literary devices, such as irony, to establish Chris’s unique personality, along with characterization, that give details about Chris’s lifestyle and his choices that affect his journey. Krakauer’s purpose is to give life to a man on an extraordinary journey that led to his unfortunate death and truthfully tell the
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Krakauer pointed out Alex’s lack of preparation when he wrote, “Alex’s cheap leather hiking boots were neither waterproof nor well insulated. His rifle was only a .22 caliber, a bore too small to rely on if he expected to kill large animals like moose and caribou, which he would have to eat if he hoped to remain very long in the country. He had no ax, no bug dope, no snowshoes, no compass. The only navigational aid in his possession was a tattered state road map he’d scrounged at a gas station.” this section of Into The Wild provides how Alex was so unprepared. Knowing he was this unprepared he should have got more supplies or rethought his trip, rather he did not, he went on knowing he could not possibly survive for 100 days as he wanted. Alex looked up to Thoreau and his words one of the quotes highlighted in Alex’s this was Thoreau’s “rather than love, than money, than fame,give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, an obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board. The hospitality was as cold as ice.” Alex was looking for truth in the fullest sense of the word, he went into the wild looking for his …show more content…
All Chris wanted to do was create a meaningful life and venture on to another place and test his knowledge. Chris was full of himself and wanted a challenge going into the wild was exactly that. He was left with his own thoughts and had to realize he wasn’t as smart as he thought. Krakauer writes about how excited he was to hear from Jan Bures, one of the wonderful people Chris met on his was to Alaska, “McCandless was thrilled to hear from Jan. ‘I am so glad to find you both alive and sound,’ he exclaimed in a letter dated December 9, 1991.” Alex met many friend and one man Franz who actually wanted to adopt him. Alex was reckless and crazy for his idea but if he had told one of his family members when to expect him back they could have saved him, Alex was unwise in not expecting id fate but he went into death happy because he has accomplished his goal of surviving in the wild alaskan bush for over 100 days. Jack London had one section of his book The Call Of The Wild Alex had a liking to, it was also found annotated hin his things, London wrote, “The dominant primordial beast was strong in Buck, and under the fierce conditions of trail life it grew and grew.” Alex had written “All hail the dominant primordial beast!” In London’s book The Call Of The Wild the dominant

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