Into The Wild Themes

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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 …show more content…
Chris´s quest for adventure is a strong theme throughout the book, for his glorified Alaskan odyssey proves this to be true. Based on the author 's description of Alex, he was always doing things individually, taking risks. It mostly applied to his travels around the country- jumping trains, canoeing, and living a nomadic lifestyle. Additionally, Chris’s new name: Alex Supertramp implied adventure, for the name super usually involves extraordinary actions. Keeping a journal with entries over his encounters and events in his journey also exemplify …show more content…
In a sense, Jon Krakauer is story-telling by describing Chris’s death and giving us background information. He also indicates that he does research to discover new leads in the case of Chris McCandless and others who are similar to him. The book includes research and author’s personal narration at times when he comments over his methods of research or to describes certain details about how people he interviewed acted. For the purpose of a non-fiction text, the use of third person was successful and effective. Considering the amount of research that Krakauer included in Into the Wild, it was proper that he maintain his place as a person who is merely telling the story of such a powerful and controversial story that was covered everywhere by the media. Krakauer implies throughout the text also defines his purpose of differentiating Christopher McCandless from any others, stating that McCandless didn’t wasn’t depressed, he was only seeking a purposeful

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