Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer Essay

1948 Words Jun 3rd, 2016 8 Pages
Into the Wild describes the story of Christopher McCandless. He hitchhiked in 1992 to Alaska where he was found dead four months later in a deserted bus in the Alaskan wilderness. Author Jon Krakauer uses accounts from people who interacted with Chris and personal research to account the story of Alex Supertramp, another name proclaimed by Chris. The book starts with the description of Chris’s last day in society before starting his journey in the Alaskan wild. It shifts to the events that led to the discovery of the McCandless’ decomposed body that was found in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan Stampede Trail, and the state at which his body was found. Then the story’s focus shifts to the reactions of people close to him while he was on his great expedition to Alaska and they commented over the news of his death. In between, Chris’s background story is told. This includes his middle-class family, collegiate information, and the final days of Chris McCandless as he became Alex Supertramp. The McCandless family discovered he had left to an unknown destination, without knowing the reason.
Chris’s hitchhiking includes traveling to different locations in the country and in Mexico by canoe or maintaining jobs just to gather equipment for his trip to the wilderness. Amid his adventures, McCandless remains to be practical to survive with his nomadic lifestyle. Among this long trip, he meets various people who become really close to him: Jan Burress, Ronald Franz, and Wayne…

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