The first acknowledgement and proof of Krakauer’s correct statement is found almost halfway through the book. Krakauer begins to use logical appeal to convey to the reader that McCandless was not “a reckless idiot, a wacko, [o...
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...t of time that he did had he been “a wacko [or] a narcissist” (iii). Krakauer’s view of McCandless is obviously evident when he discusses his adventure to climb the Devil’s Thumb. When Krakauer set out to summit the Devil’s Thumb, he was searching for something that would fix everything that was wrong with his life. The same could be said about McCandless. Both had a sort of grudge against their fathers. That does not mean they were correct to be angry with their fathers, but it does mean that they were not acting out of idiocy or narcissism. The final proof of Krakauer’s beliefs of Chris is his assumption as to Chris’ possible cause of death. It may be an assumption, however it is the most plausible cause of death due to Krakauer’s method of logically breaking the other theories apart.
Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. Print.
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