The Painful Journey : Into The Wild By John Krakauer Essay

2317 Words May 12th, 2016 10 Pages
The Painful Journey Into the Wild by John Krakauer and The Catcher in the Rye by D.J. Salinger are stories of opinionated, stubborn young men on introspective journeys provoked by feelings that they are unable to comprehend. The protagonists, Chris McCandless and Holden Caulfield, both travel nearly identical paths, though they have very unique idiosyncrasies. Both Chris McCandless and Holden Caulfield are linked by the unhealable wound archetype, and fueled by oppressed feelings of discontent and confusion towards their family members respectively. They channel their feelings inward, which pushes them towards searching for an escape, “in the wild”. However, both react differently and have distinct falls from innocence which turn them against society and into an eventual realization of contentment. Into the Wild by John Krakauer is an analytical version of Chris McCandless’ journey into the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer’s interpretation of the true story has been compiled, by the author himself, after a lengthy investigation into Chris’ life and death. The book begins with Chris’ death, and as the story continues, the reader gains more insight to what leads up to that fateful day. Chris McCandless, a young and promising college graduate, drops everything and heads out West. He leaves behind no trace as to where he goes and holds no ties to the past. After learning a dirty secret from his family’s past, Chris heads out “into the wild” in search of himself. He experiences…

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