Essay on Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

1341 Words Nov 7th, 2015 null Page
Have you ever sat down and thought about what it would be like if you took the time to live out in the wild, with just yourself? Whether or not if you have, there’s no doubt that it would be difficult, especially if you’re used to living in a society that depends on technology almost daily. In Jon Krakauer’s book, Into the Wild, we get to follow the story of Chris McCandless, and how he decided to live off the Alaskan wilderness. Chris wanted to know what it would be like to live off the land, refraining from almost any use of human-made objects or contact with other people. However, with attempting such a bold move, comes consequences. Chris was too naive and unprepared while in Alaska and therefore made a lot of mistakes, but one of his biggest mistakes was being ill prepared on the vegetation and how to take care of meat after it was killed.
One of the very first mistakes Chris made beforehand was not bringing enough supplies. Upon entering the wild, the only things Chris brought were “a ten-pound bag of leather hiking boots [that] were neither waterproof nor well insulated…[and a rifle that] was only .22 caliber,” (Krakauer, 5) which was way too small for the game he was about to hunt for. According to folks who live in Alaska, the essential supplies for going into that territory included an ax, bug dope, snowshoes, and a compass. If Chris had just broughten some of the supplies that he needed, he may have survived a little longer than he did, maybe even…

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