Into the Wild: Formalist Essay

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Into the Wild: Formalist Response

Jon Krakauers' novel Into the Wild begins by giving the reader a brief description of what seems like a free spirited young man just looking to catch a ride. Chris McCandless or “Alexander Supertramp” is perceived to be an intelligent and thoughtful young man. Krakauers' formalistic approach to his literature helps the reader understand an in-depth analysis without any research and it emphasizes the value of literature apart from its context. One of the first literary tools used by Krakauer to help analyze this text is through the constantly changing mood of the protagonist, Chris. Another literary tool used throughout the novel is irony. The reality of Into the Wild is different from how it appears to
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SEED. MUCH TROUBLE. JUST TO STAND UP. STARVING. GREAT JEOPARDY.” (189). His experience of edible foods from the wild led to his death, which also means that his intelligence was not able to carry him through the life in the wild. Thus making Chris feel embarrassed because when he was in school he achieved almost perfect marks in his university years but still remained peaceful. McCandless was known as a rather friendly individual, one who had no problems making friends of strangers, which lead to the incorporation of irony. He was rather outgoing, the kind of person who could gain someones trust with ease. Everyone who met Chris cared for his well being but he always rejected their concern because of his personality traits. Chris did not want people to care for him, he wanted to care for himself and do everything himself, which caused a massive amount of irony in this novel. McCandless died alone but had written a letter (the S.O.S. note) that went unread until it was too late, which is an excellent example of irony. “S.O.S. I need your help. I am injured. Near death, and too weak to hike out of here. I am all alone, this is no joke in the name of God, please remain to save me. I am out collecting berries close by and shall return this evening. Thank you.” (198). McCandless' personality, pushing people

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