The Wild By Jon Krakauer Essay

1373 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Identity is something all human beings search for throughout their lives. Who a person is defines not only who they are but what their life will be like. When a person knows who they are it can give them a sense of power and confidence. Although, sometimes the components of a person’s identity can amount to a less than desirable being. Within the narratives of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, “Survivor Type” by Stephen King, and “To Build A Fire” by Jack London the identities of each protagonist is evident in several ways. Through their actions, values, and beliefs each character’s identity is thoroughly unraveled within their narratives.
The most obvious way that a person’s identity is most understood is through that individual’s actions. For instance, Christopher McCandless, the main character of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, continued to push himself away from society and those closest to him and eventually made his way to his ultimate destination-the Alaskan Wilderness-where he unfortunately passed away. From that, it is easy to understand that McCandless was the type of person who thought he did not need anyone but also that the mainstream world he lived in was corrupt, clearly since once he had settled in Alaska he wrote: “No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.” (Krakauer 163). In “Survivor Type” by Stephen King, the main character, Richard Pine, had done quite erroneous things that defined who he…

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