Labeling Of Mc Candless In Jon Krakauer's Into The Wild

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Numerous people get sensible and feel miserable at the sight of cruel remarks on what they believe is sacred. Jon Krakauer wrote the book, Into the wild, to express his thoughts about his disapproval on what several people assume about Christopher McCandless, the main character. This people label McCandless stupid for leaving to Alaska without the vital equipment. To prove that he is not “stupid” for doing this he used appeal to pathos, appeal to logos and appeal to ethos.

By comparing Krakauer’s own life experiences and other peoples too to McCandless, he gave a little perspective and demonstrated that the negative remarks of many people were not correct for someone else had performed the same thing. Krakauer compared his youth mistakes to Chris McCandless by appealing to pathos since many other adolescents make them as well. First of all, Krakauer warned the reader, “I interrupt McCandless story with fragments…from my own youth…I do so in the hope that my experiences will throw some oblique light on the enigma of Chris McCandless,” (Krakauer’s note). He stated there that he ‘hopes’ to make a better presentation of McCandless’s life for he wanted to show that he deserves respect. He mirrored his own experiences and explained why he did it to draw some conclusion on why McCandless did it as well. Krakauer also said that he threw some ‘oblique light’ meaning that he attempted to make him appear better for he thought that Chris McCandless had to be a valued guy. A quote that proves the ‘oblique light’ that Krakauer threw was when he said, “Edwards regarded climbing as a “psycho-neurotic tendency”; he climb not for sport but to find refuge from the inner torment that framed his existence” (Krakauer 135). Krakauer wrote about this man to compare him to Chris and make some conclusion on why maybe McCandless departed into the wilderness. People go into many things to try to escape their life. Some people start eating a lot, while other stop. Some people go into drugs, while others start drinking. Some people go into depression, while others are allured to take high risk actions. Maybe Christopher McCandless took this action because his relationship with his dad was not the best. Krakauer associated his relationship with his father to McCandless and his dad. “Like McCandless, figures of male authority aroused in me a confusing medley of corked fury and hunger to please” (Krakauer 134). Krakauer feels the pressure to succeed and the desire to rebel, because his father constantly pushed him to perfection, like McCandless father. Chris could no longer deal with his life and spitefully left everything he knew for his dad’s high expectations. “I got into my head to climb a mountain called the Devils Thumb” (Krakauer 134). To show his father he can do it, he revealed in the book his thought processes during the climb. At the end he came to the conclusion that his method of thinking could have killed him something that ultimately happened to...

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