Rhetorical Analysis Of Jon Krakaur's 'Into The Wild'

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As we jump “Into the Wild” story of Chris McCandless’s journey throughout the Alaskan wilderness, Jon Krakaur, the author uses rhetorical devices to further delve into the novel and the underlying points of McCandless’s adventure. In the novel, “Into the Wild”, Jon Krakaur uses pathos, imagery, and arrangement to solve the overarching questions related to motive, the effects of setting, and the mental state of Chris McCandless. These uses of rhetorical devices also help readers formulate opinions on McCandless and other Characters in the novel.
The use of pathos in “Into the Wild” creates empathy for the people he affected in his lifetime and his family. Pathos is used when the anecdotes from the people he encountered on his journey are told.
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We can see how Franz loves McCandless when he asks McCandless if he could adopt him as his grandson, “So I asked Alex if I could adopt him, if he would be my grandson” (Krakaur 55). When describing the family of McCandless, Krakaur uses anecdotes from his relatives to provoke our empathy for his family. When Chris’s sister, Carine McCandless, tells the narrator that she “can’t seem to get through a day without crying” we see how Chris’s death and disappearance affects her day-to-day life. Pathos is used to provoke our feelings of empathy toward those McCandless effected throughout his journey. By using close relationships such as friends and siblings, Krakaur gives relatable characters to help us understand what they are feeling.
The extensive use of imagery in the novel, “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakaur, is used to describe the setting of not only McCandless’s journey, but also the settings of where he stopped before his. The use of imagery begins on the first
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The first and second chapter describe the beginning and end of McCandless’s journey of surviving in the wilderness. By beginning the novel without a background of his life, the reader is able to make assumptions of Christopher without bias from his journey and background information. This also draws the reader into the mystery of McCandless’s death and why he began the journey in the first place. The next chapters begin with anecdotes from Wayne Westerberg and Ronald Franz describing their time with McCandless, a background of McCandless’s life in Virginia, and what McCandless pursued after he left Westerberg and Franz. The use of background information before McCandless’s Alaskan journey describes the kind of life McCandless pursued and helps the reader form a motive for McCandless’s disappearance. Chapter eight also helps the reader psychoanalyze McCandless by comparing him to other people that have similarly left society. By comparing McCandless to these other explorers, the readers are able to make connections to his motive and his overall thought process throughout this journey. In Chapter 11, the reader finally meets the family of McCandless, drawing in the emotional appeal of who he most affected. By this point in the novel, McCandless is portrayed as courageous and almost heroic for taking this dangerous journey. The author chose to place his

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