Into The Wild: Book Vs Movie

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Undeniably, Krakauer’s transcendentalist appeal format and Sean Penn’s Byronic appeal both have their benefits and drawbacks in recapturing the life story of the rather arcane Chris McCandless. However, the precise accuracy and constant focus on McCandless in the movie, in conjunction with the Byronic and romantic theme, best brings out the true meaning of his life story. The portrayal of McCandless’s parents truly illustrates how he felt about his early life, and perhaps hints at the driving forces for his cross-country extravaganza. The film includes scenes of heated arguments and disputes between Walt and Billie McCandless. One includes them physically confronting each other, while Chris and his sister Corine are cowering in fear. The movie highlights more of the bad side of the parents compared to the book. This proves very effective in explaining the “unsavory secret past” that characterizes a Byronic hero, which may have led McCandless to seek a new meaning to life. As McCandless drives out of Atlanta in his Datsun, it begins Chapter 2 – Adolescence, indicating a new start to his life; he was seeking a new beginning.
The impressive acting of the characters in the movie emphasized the impact McCandless had on all of the people he met along his journey. Ronald Franz, who as noted in Into the Wild, “withdrew [his] church membership and became an atheist” (Krakauer 60) after Chris died had an even more profound impact in the movie. Hal Holbrook, who played Franz in the movie, did an astounding job that surely had to evoke emotion in any viewer. Furthermore, the way McCandless’s deep passion and drive for adventure influenced him was evident when Franz attempted to climb the small mountain where McCandless was temporarily living. By Franz doing something like that in his condition proves how much McCandless meant to him, so much as he would later go on to ask to adopt him. Similarly, Wayne Westerberg was another character that was impacted by McCandless. When Westerberg asked him about what he would be doing in Alaska, he responded, “You know, about getting out of this sick society. Society!” (Into the Wild). The reaction of Westerberg to his monomaniacal comments...

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