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Into the Life of a Fascinating Man
Jon Krakauer's novel Into the Wild explores the mystery surrounding Christopher McCandless, a 24-year-old man who disappeared into the Alaskan wilderness in April of 1992 and never returned. McCandless’ body was found three weeks after his death from some type of poisonous berry. Christopher McCandless was born into an upper-middle class family in Virginia. In 1990, he graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia with a degree in Anthropology and History. He never had a good relationship with his parents and kept them distant. This is thought to be one of the reasons he left. McCandless admired many writers, mainly David Thoreau; this also greatly influenced his choice to wander off and live in solitude. Krakauer captures Christopher McCandless story with great finesse and empathy. Jon Krakauer does not want the reader to feel bad for McCandless, or make him or her think what Christopher did was a good or bad idea. He simply wants the reader to understand why Christopher McCandless did what he did. Krakauer is able to present a man,once a stranger to the reader, as a man the reader feels like he or she knows personally. While Krakauer is empathetic towards McCandless situation, he ultimately lets the reader make his or her own opinion about McCandless’ behavior. Into The Wild shows that Christopher McCandless was clearly a strong man with some fatal flaws, and the author points out every trait in full detail. What makes this biography so interesting is Jon Krakauer’s dedication to discovering what truly happened to Christopher McCandless. When Krakauer started writing his book, he knew nothing about Christopher's life or what happened to him after he disappeared. Krakauer followed the trail Christopher left across the country and interviewed any person he interacted to piece together the story of Christopher McCandless. The author also has an emotional connection to the subject, and expertise in the...
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