Published in 1996, Into the Wild is a bestselling non-fiction book written by writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer. It traces the footsteps of 22-year-old Chris McCandless as he abandons his comfortable life and family to undertake a dangerous journey of self-discovery and enlightenment that finally ends in his death. The book was the result of an 8400 – word article by Krakauer published by Outside magazine in 1993 and has been adapted into a movie of the same name. It is widely used in college reading curricula, so you will find several Into the Wild essays and assignments here.
Upon graduating college in 1990, Chris McCandless has had enough of mindless materialism and decides to walk away from it all. He gives away his money, abandons his used car, cuts off communication with his family and begins a new life as Alexander Supertramp.
During the initial months of this homeless existence, unfettered by money or belongings, Chris wanders from place to place, doing odd jobs in return for food and lodging. He finds inspiration for this vagabond lifestyle in the lives and works of his favorite authors – W.H. Davies, Henry David Thoreau and Jack London. His ultimate goal is to travel Into the Wild and experience the raw, unfiltered aspects of nature and live off the land. This turns out to be a life-changing experience that ends only four months later in his death through starvation and poisoning on the outskirts of Denali National Park, Alaska.
Krakauer, as the omnipresent narrator of Into the Wild, tracks McCandless’ catastrophic journey as a young man woefully unprepared for the unpredictable challenges of nature. Simultaneously, he also creates a psychological portrait of McCandless, helping the reader gain a better understanding of his character and motivations.
Below is a list of essays containing an exploration of the themes, settings and characters of Into the Wild, the book as well as the movie.
Johnson McCandless in the biographical novel Into the Wild. McCandless was a 24-year-old young man who completely severed his connection to the world, his family, and all of his tangible possessions in hope to survive off the land in Alaska. In the two years that led to his Alaskan Odyssey McCandless created a new life for himself and lived by the name Alexander Supertramp, in hope to leave his old life behind. Krakauer starts his novel “Into the Wild” by bluntly revealing to the audience that he had
Into the Wild was written by Jon Krakauer in 1996. It is a nonfiction book with a main theme of finding your own happiness. In this book, the main character, Chris McCandless, journeys into the wild both literally and figuratively. Chris literally goes into the wild when he leaves civilization behind and ventures down a dangerous trail into the unpopulated forest of Alaska. Chris figuratively goes into the wild when he decides to leave everything and everyone that he knows behind. Chris goes into
Into The Wild Explorers are always pushed to their limits. Their motivation varies but also shows their human ability. Great journeys are from the motivation from within and are either made or broken. Many have tried and many have failed but it is what you bring from it that really matters. In Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer states that exploring nature brings personal awareness. Chris McCandless, a North Carolinian, has gone through a rough childhood. Chris didn’t get along with his parents very well
Into the Wild Sometimes a character may be pushed over the edge by our materialistic society to discover his/her true roots, which can only be found by going back to nature where monetary status was not important. Chris McCandless leaves all his possessions and begins a trek across the Western United States, which eventually brings him to the place of his demise-Alaska. Jon Krakauer makes you feel like you are with Chris on his journey and uses exerts from various authors such as Thoreau, London
start off by just one day deciding he would climb the Devils Thumb after he was inspired by making it up the climbing wall at the local county fair. Both men had to gradually work their way up to a... ... middle of paper ... ...s, the men of the wild frontier” (Wayne 1). This drive, this manifest destiny, “the great pressure of people moving always to new frontiers, in search of new lands, new power, the full freedom of a virgin world, has ruled our course and formed our polices lake a Fate,” (Weinberg
Into The Wild In the book Into The Wild the main character Alex did some questionable things. Although he did some unusual things, he was sane. Alex was well educated and highly respected by everyone who knew him. Christopher McCandless came from a rich suburb of Washington D.C. He excelled in school and had been an outstanding athlete. He graduated with honors from Emory University in the summer of 1990, and soon after he dropped out of sight. He changed his name from Chris to Alex, gave
Chris McCandless and Buck serve as examples of the archetype of the wild through their experiences of leaving where they feel most comfortable and answering the call of the wild. They show that each experience is inimitable because the wild is unique to every individual. For Buck, the wild is a place outside of civilization and his dependence on man, where the external threats of nature exist and he must prove himself as a true animal with instincts for survival. In McCandless' case, the place
If you said the words Wild West to someone, no doubt they would picture a mustached man sitting at a card game in an old saloon surrounded by cowboys and prostitutes. A player opposite him would be hiding an extra card up his sleeve, and soon enough he would be called on it and face off in the city square. Both players would step back and there’d be a long moment before the cheater moved for his hip holster, however he wouldn’t be fast enough. The gamer would draw his revolver and shoot the cheater
Call of the Wild BUCK, A POWERFUL DOG, half St. Bernard and half sheepdog, lives on Judge Miller’s estate in California’s Santa Clara Valley. He leads a comfortable life there, but it comes to an end when men discover gold in the Klondike region of Canada and a great demand arises for strong dogs to pull sleds. Buck is kidnapped by a gardener on the Miller estate and sold to dog traders, who teach Buck to obey by beating him with a club and, subsequently, ship him north to the Klondike. Arriving