Into The Wild Essay

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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 the wild in both these ways in hopes of finding happiness. In Chris’ early life, he appears to have everything; he has a wealthy family and is excelling in school. It is not until Chris learns a ...view middle of the document...

For sixteen weeks Chris hunts small game and collects local fruit, he lives in an abandoned bus that has been made into a shelter for hunters. Chris does alright except for his extreme weight loss. Then in late July, Chris eats moldy seeds that ultimately causes his to become sick to the point that his body no longer absorbs the nutrients from the food that he is eating. With no one around to help Chris dies. Two weeks after his death, a few hunters find his decaying body, his goodbye message, his small journal, and his pictures.
The story told in the book Into the Wild is extremely intriguing. It is not the typical book; it does not focus on a love story, it is about someone leaving wealth and comfort instead of gaining it, and it does not have a particularly happy ending. Also the book seems to give a certain amount of unwarranted hope to the readers. Even though the book begins by telling the reader that Chris McCandless’ body was found dead, there is always that hope that Chris will live through his journey and find his peace.
The story of Into the Wild may be great, but the way in which it is written is not. Jon Krakauer writes his book out of chronological order so many a time the reader is led to be confused. The book begins not with the beginning of the story, but rather it picks up toward the end. The first aspect of the story to be told is when a man picked Chris McCandless up on the side of the road in Alaska. The man then drove Chris to the brink of an old and dangerous trail where Chris started his solo journey into the wild. The book then moves onto talking about when a few hunters who happened to come to the abandoned bus made hunters refuge at the same time found McCandless’ body. These things happen within the first two chapters, and they lead to some confusion. The reader may not understand where the book is going at this point, it is hard to know if the beginning of the book is truly the beginning or if it is the end.
Another negative to Into the Wild is the amount of detail given to explain seemingly miniscule details. This mistake is again seen in the beginning of the book, and infact it ties in with the confusion of the lack of chronological order. Jon Krakauer takes a long while to describe people and places in the book that are not exactly main characters. In example, when...

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