Into the Wild

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Into the Wild

Many people are intrigued by movies, books, and TV shows about the various amazing adventures one can take on while living in the outdoors. No story conveys this basic human need better than Jon Krakauer’s book “Into the Wild” when a young man from a wealthy family abandons his life by giving his life savings to charity, ditching his car, burning all his cash, and hitchhiking to Alaska. But the hardest part to understand is the reasoning behind these actions. After reading the book, one questions the sanity of Chris and whether or not he was crazy or just a young man trying to find his true self. In order to figure out why he ventures out on his own we have to look at several different possible ideas. The allure of high-risk activities, the grip wilderness has on the American imagination and Chris’ strong mental capacity are all strong factors in McCandless’ reasoning.

Krakauer finds strong ways to convey young people’s attraction to high-risk activities, and this is evidenced through Chris McCandless’ actions.
 Throughout “Into the Wild”, the author talks about the many adventures that both he and Chris were involved in. These adventures seem to convey a real sense of excitement and spontaneity. When Jon Krakauer was getting ready to climb the Devils Thumb he went into details about how he might be biting off more than he can chew, but that was what made it so intriguing. The author writes, “As I formulated my plan to climb the thumb, I was dimly aware that I might be getting in over my head. But that was only added to the schemes appeal. That it wouldn’t be easy was the whole point.” (135) Many people enjoy the thrill of knowing it’s a life or death situation more than the adventure itself and feed off the adrenaline. When one goes out into the forest by themselves it’s usually to get away for a couple days or to experience what it’s like to live on their own, away from their prior perceptions of reality. This can really...
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