Literary Analysis of Into the Wild Essay

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Literary Analysis of Into The Wild

Imagine spending thirty days alone in a tent or a cabin in the wilderness with no technology, electricity, running water, and any form of communication. Every day you wake up to the sight of the beautiful, tall trees and the various wildlife living in the area. Most of the time, you can hear the many sounds of nature: the majestic songs of birds, the whistling in the wind, and trees rustling. But sometimes all you can hear is nothing but silence. Most of us would not be able to do this and we would most likely want to be anywhere but here. Not many people will experience living in the wilderness, but for those who have will have memories to treasure forever. Among those people who would choose this
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One time, Krakauer reports that he drove his Datsun off-road even though it is forbidden. His refusal to abide by the law suggests that he does not want to live by the rules and expectations set for him. McCandless had the transcendentalist view of simplicity. He wanted to live with as few belongings and help as possible. Krakauer reports that he burned "one hundred twenty-three dollars" and he tried to give away "his watch, his comb, and what he said was all his money" (28, 7). This information suggests that McCandless wanted to live without the lavish pleasures of civilization. He preferred to survive with the bare necessities and the only thing he had was a few materials and a ten pound bag. Wallace Stegner points out in his essay "Coda: Wilderness Letter," that the wilderness is important because "for the spiritual renewal, the recognition of identity, [and] the birth of awe" Stegner's statement suggests the allure of the wilderness that McCandless saw. He viewed the wilderness as a place for self-discovery, a place where he can live by his own rules and be completely free, and a sanctuary that is free from the ideas he opposed. He also wanted to test himself by trying to survive with little materials. (Stegner). He was seeking nonconformity, refuge, self-discovery and simplicity in the Alaskan wilderness. McCandless's contempt for his parents and his desire to punish them help trigger his journey to Alaska. His relationship with his parents was

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