Visual Rhetorical Analysis: Into the Wild

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Name: Lu Seng Chuin

ENGL250 FD

Visual Rhetorical Analysis: Into The Wild (Rough Draft)

The movie “Into The Wild” is a true story depicts the desperation of a young Emory graduate, Christopher Johnson McCandless, to flee from the invisible binding of societal pressure and family problems; and worked his way through the unusual journey to Alaskan. The story began with his college graduation and inner frustration to his broken family, then proceeds through a series of events full with mix feelings of joy, loneliness, and lost; in the end he died of starvation in the derelict bus with sorrow and hopeless in Alaskan wilderness in September 1992. This movie is not plainly about the boldness of a young adventurer or his intended isolation from the real world, but its purpose to bring out the message of courage to pursuit own happiness and achieve total freedom. Its target audience is believed to be all level of society, except the underage children due to the nudity scenes contained. In order to portray the whole story with great efficiency and accuracy, the movie director Sean Penn follows faithfully in Christopher McCandless or aka “Alexander Supertramp’s” footsteps with intensive research, and it illuminates the young man’s personality as he saw it. Different cinematography techniques, such as long shot, pace, building a scene, and monologue, had been used to create the dramatic scenes, to engage audience in the mixed feeling of the movie, and most importantly bring the whole message to life.

One of the climaxes in the movie was taking place at Oh-My-God Anza Borrego Desert in Salton City, CA from last chapter “Getting the Wisdom”. It begins when Christopher first met the old man, Ron Franz in West Shores shop where Ron offered Chris a ride to his camping location. Penn used the angle shot and long-shot technique for the scene when Chris was trying to show Ron the view from the top of hill and invited him to climb along so that the audience...
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