Analysis Of Jon Krakauer's Book 'Into The Wild'

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Jon Krakauer’s book, Into the Wild, and film production by Sean Penn was a true story about a college graduate who grew up with a luxurious life and had parents who were mainly worried about the materialistic things. He decided that it was time for him to go his own way. He donated all his money to charity and went on an adventure into the Alaskan Wilderness. His actions and decisions to leave his life behind without stating anything to anyone, including his family, caused many opinions to circulate around McCandless actions. Many can argue about whether he was foolish and selfish for getting up and leaving everybody in his life behind and then dying, and many others can argue that he was just someone who wanted to discover himself and stop…show more content…
All he knew was that he wanted to escape society and discover the life extended from it. Along the way, he discovered what he was truly seeking when he made his decision to leave everything behind and enter the wild. “McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well---relieved that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it. He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family. He’d successfully kept Jan Burres and Wayne Westerberg at arm’s length, flitting out of their lives before anything was expected of him. And now he’d slipped painlessly out of Ron Franz’s life as well.” - Into the Wild, 142-143 (Jon Krakauer, 1996). McCandless found people he never thought he find along his journey. He escaped his life because of all the suffocation he knew his parents would soon put him through after his graduation from college, but he then realized along his journey the appreciation he had for a loving family that cared about him. Everything that he was trying to escape from by leaving, came into view that they were the things he was searching for from the
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