Epigraphs In Into The Wild

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The epigraphs presented by Krakauer before each chapter of the memoir Into the Wild dive deep into the life of Chris McCandless before and after his journey into the Alaskan wilderness. They compare him to famous “coming of age characters” and specific ideas written by some of his favorite philosophers. These give the reader a stronger sense of who Chris was and why he made the decision to ultimately walk alone into the wild. Chapter seven of Into the Wild titled “Carthage”, begins with two epigraphs are by Mark Twain and Anthony Storr. Each highlight a piece of Chris’s childhood life and help explain his personality as an adult and why he acts so strangely to close relationships. The first is from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which is a character with a similar background as Chris coming from a home with an …show more content…

Huckleberry Finn was described as a “coming of age” character for his development into a young man throughout the story. This is similar to real life Chris McCandless because although Chris is older being just graduated from college, he is still in the same boat trying to figure out who he is as an individual in society. Evidence of this was shown from the epigraph when it says “There were some books. . . One was Pilgrim's Progress, about a man that left his family, it didn’t say why”. This explains that in the novel, Mark Twain is connecting how Huck Finn decides to leave his family behind similarly to the people from another book called Pilgrim’s Progress. Krakauer then decides to connect this back to Chris himself

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