Into the Wild Analysis Essay

1471 Words Feb 3rd, 2011 6 Pages
Christopher Johnson McCandless walked alone into the Alaskan wilderness with very little equipment and food after traveling to various parts of North America during the course of two years. Regardless of living on his own with not many things for a couple of years, Chris died alone in a bus on the Stampede Trail in Alaska. Author Jon Krakauer wrote a 9,000 word article titled “Death of an Innocent” for the 1993 issue of the magazine Outside. Into the Wild is simply an extension of that article which explains what provoked Chris into living such a life, who he was, and how he died. The author proves to the reader that Chris was an intelligent man by explaining his research about edible plants and his ambition which builds up Chris’s …show more content…
Although Chris may not be skilled at what he is doing, he proves himself to be a valuable employee to whoever hires him by doing whatever task necessary. His persistence on living by his own morals makes him stand out from the rest. Chris’s credibility is built from his promises and the will to finish whatever he starts, which in the end hurts him because it leads to his demise along with hurting those who care for him. Jon Krakauer’s sympathy is created from the various people who criticize Chris for not preparing himself well enough to survive and the many chances that occur which could have actually saved Chris’s life. Mostly Alaskans send hate mail to the publishers of Outside magazine saying that Chris was “purposefully ill-prepared” and that Chris’s “ignorance, which could have been cured by a USGS quadrant and a Boy Scout manual, is what killed” Chris. Chris did not want to die and realizes that he might not make it out alive but thought that it was worth it to experience living completely independent and free. Had Chris survived, he probably would have been recognized for his achievements but unfortunately, Chris did not and is blamed for his ignorance and hubris. There are many events that had happened that could have saved Chris’s life such as when Chris gave the McDonald’s employers his real Social Security Number which “easily [could] have alerted his parents”

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