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"Into the Wild"Analysis. Jon Krakauer is an American writer and mountaineer. He has written many books about the outdoors and mountain climbing

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Title: Into the Wild Publication Date: 1996 Author: Jon Krakauer Nationality: American Author?s Birth/Death Dates: April 12th 1954 - Present Distinguishing Traits of Author: Jon Krakauer is an American writer and mountaineer. He has written many books about the outdoors and mountain climbing. He is the author of best-selling non-fiction books Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. After graduating from college, he spent three weeks by himself in the wilderness of the Stikine Icecap region of Alaska and climbed the Devils Thumb. These experiences mirror what Chris McCandless has done in his book Into the Wild. Furthermore, Krakauer climber Mount Everest in 1996 and was a part of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster which involved four of his teammates (including the up leader Rob Hall) dying in a storm as they descended from the mountain. Plot Synopsis: Jim Gallien was driving through Alaska, when he sees a 24-year-old hitchhiker named Alex who came from South Dakota. As Alex elaborates on his plan to explore the wilderness, Gallien tries changing his mind, as he is certain that Alex is unprepared for life in the Alaskan wilderness. Therefore, Gallien offers to buy Alex some gears to help improve his chances of surviving. Despite Gallien?s good intentions, Alex declines. As Alex departs for adventure, Gallien gives Alex his phone number, telling him to call if he makes it out alive. Almost 5 months later on September 6, 1992, Ken Thompson, Gordon Samel, and Ferdie Swanson arrive at a broken down bus. At the site of the abandoned bus, a decomposed corpse is found. This unfortunate even begins the investigation and story of a man named Chris McCandless, a young man who perished when he is twenty-four. McCandless grew up in a wealthy Virginia, and was a very gifted athlete as well as a smart individual. ...read more.


He had a .22 caliber rifle with him as Gallien picked him up. He had a few Swiss army knives and belt knives from Burres. Knives are a reoccurring element in this story. It gives the wielder power and an advantage over nature. It makes killing prey and hunting far easier. Furthermore, knives help with skinning the animal and removing its inner organs. Weaponry has helped Chris survive in the wild despite it being a product of the society he longed to escape from. Allusions: There are allusions to many different literary works that have been published. The most prominent work of literature is Call of the Wild by Jack London. Other book include White Fang, War and Peace ?To Build a Fire?, ?An Odyssey of the North?, and ?The Wit of Porportuk?. Most if not all of these novels tell of a harsh and difficult journey of which Chris McCandless is enthralled by and tries to mirror with his own life. Archetypes: The Wanderer One archetype in this story is that of a wanderer. The original wanderer was the Greek warrior Odysseus who traveled a difficult journey to go home. Like Odysseus, Chris McCandless receives help from others and faces many hardships during his travels. However, unlike Odysseus, Chris? goal was to get as far away as possible from his family whereas Odysseus strives to return to his wife Penelope. The Siren The siren?s mysterious and compelling voice leads many lives to be lost. In this story, the siren is not a tangible thing, but rather the nature itself. While nature can seem so pristine and pure, it has caused many deaths whether it would be avalanches or floods. The beauty of nature compels many to try to explore the wilderness only to find the harsher realities and dying cruel deaths. Themes: The Search for Freedom Throughout the entire novel, the main goal of everybody who set out on an adventure was to find freedom. ...read more.


All in all, the assistance and advice from strangers he met proved to be extremely crucial in his expedition. Memorable Quotes: 1. “…but Chris wanted to keep going to the top. I told him no way. He was only twelve then, so all he could do was complain. If he’d been fourteen or fifteen, he would have simply gone on without me” (109) 2. “he was reliable though, a body that showed up every day, so they didn’t dare fire him” (40) 3. “…in his naïveté, relied on the advice of hunters he’d consulted in South Dakota” (166) 4. “he was looking for more adventure and freedom than today’s society gives people” (174) 5. “He had a need to test himself in ways…” (182) 6. “HAPPINESS IS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED” (189) 7. “…so irrational, so oppressive, disrespectful and insulting that I finally passed my breaking point” (64) 8. “And then, once the time is right with one abrupt, swift action I’m going to completely knock them out of my life. I’m going to divorce them as my parents once and for all and never speak to either of those idiots again as long as I live, I’ll be through with them once and for all, forever” (64) 9. “Fuck their stupid rules” (6) 10. “I won’t run into anything I can’t deal with on my own” (6) 11. “…serene as a monk gone to God” (199) 12. “Alex struck me as much older than twenty four” (67) Distinctive Characteristics of Work: Jon Krakauer uses many primary examples to shape his story Into the Wild. The author creates a setting starting with the body being found and then going further back into the past to reveal the details of the journey and how it came to be what it is today. Along the way, the author draws connections between McCandless and other prominent figures that have perished due to a mistake while exploring the wilderness. Nearing the end of the story, the author uses the experiences he himself has gained to relate to the deceased. ...read more.

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