Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer Essay

1119 Words Jul 31st, 2016 null Page
What is your most immense goal in life? Becoming a professional sports athlete? Maybe a world renowned surgeon? Or possibly proving to yourself that you are tenacious enough to survive alone in the bittery raw Alaskan wilds. In the novel, Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, the biography of Christopher Johnson McCandless is revealed through a series of journal entries and first hand encounters. Krakauer uses his similar experience as support to argue McCandless was not an arrogant reckless narcissist---as some conclude---but was courageous in pursuing his inmost aspiration. Some presume that Krakauer is not qualified to give an objective opinion because of his own bias, yet Krakauer is absolutely qualified. Krakauer’s capability to relate and understand what McCandless underwent is key and allows Krakauer to express a fully educated opinion. There’s an old saying, “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Krakauer definitely achieves that with McCandless’s experience, and walked the mile in Alaska to prove it. This is a strength in the work written by Krakauer, not a weakness. Many writers lack this asset. Krakauer does confess at the beginning of the novel that he may show some bias. Yet just as it’s expected of any good writer, Krakauer contains that bias. Krakauer is more than qualified to give an opinion---for the exact reason some argue he is not qualified---which is his ability to relate and understand, on a…

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