Book Analysis: Into the Wild

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Into the Wild
John Krakaur describes Chris McCandless as an intense young man who possessed a streak of stubborn idealism that did not mesh readily with modern existence. He strived for greatness and there was nothing stopping him. He believed it was possible to live without the luxuries given to us without complications. He wanted to live a great adventure, and he knew there was more to life than technology and education. He set out to find something greater than life itself but instead got lost into the wild.

Alex Supertramp was the alter ego of Chris McCandless. They were the same person, just a different name, and a different identity. Alex was lively, friendly, and highly intelligent. Chris had created this persona because he wanted to begin a new life and forget his past. Alex was a closed off person, he never let on too much about his personal life to the people he met on his trek. He was adventurous but not careless. He was educated and wanted a different insight on the world.

Wayne Westerberg had described him in a personal way, like he knew Alex better than anyone. Westerberg had stated “He read a lot. He used a lot of big words. I think maybe part of what got him into trouble was that he did too much thinking. Sometimes he tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often. A couple of times I tried to tell him it was a mistake to get too deep into that kind of stuff, but Alex got stuck on things. He always had to know the absolute right answer before he could go on to the next thing.”

Some people would say he was courageous, whereas others would say he’s downright crazy. Most people wouldn’t have even thought about doing what he had done, but that’s because not everyone is the same. He was very independent, and didn’t expect anyone to do anything for him. He left his family, and a career for this expedition to Alaska because he felt this was right for him. Although he was a...
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