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a) Krakauer, Jon. “Into the Wild.” February 1997. 207. New York : Villard, 1996.

b) “Into the Wild” represents the entire book, Christopher McCandless’ journey all over the western United States and Alaska in escape with rebellion and anger of his parents living off the land, on foot, and completely intact in the wilderness.

c) Jon Krakauer was born on April 12, 1954, in Brookline, Massachusetts, and grew up in Oregon, where he began mountain-climbing at eight years old. He was the son of a doctor and amateur mountaineer and was American. After graduating from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1976, Krakauer worked as a carpenter and a commercial fisherman in Colorado, the Pacific Northwest, and Alaska, devoting most of his free time to climbing. In 1977 he pioneered a new route up the Devils Thumb in southeast Alaska, and in 1996 he reached the top of Mt. Everest. He is portrayed much in the character he creates in “Into the Wild.”

d) Genre: Travel literature, Biography, Speculative fiction, Travel, Non-fiction, Autobiography

e) Number of pages: 207

a) Careerism, money, and materialism only embolden the blindness of Christopher’s parents. When Chris was born his dad had another son with his wife Martia, this fact redefined Chris and his sister as bastard children. Dad’s ignorance along with the fighting and abuse of Chris’s birth mother made him conveniently obliviant to the pain he caused. The denial of the previous marriage and son, for Chris was murder of everyday truths. His whole life turned like a river going up a mountain. These revelations struck the core of his sense of identity; they made his entire childhood seem like fiction. III.

a) Chris vs. Parents; Chris vs. Nature; Chris vs. Himself.
His idealistic search for independence forces Chris to separate himself from his family and the world, taking refuge in nature. He wanders into Alaska’s interior looking for compassion to fill the emptiness...
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