Use Of Literary Techniques By Jon Krakauer When Writing Into The Wild

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In the novel “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, Krakauer tells the story of a Chris McCandless through different points of view perceived from people close to him. Despite the fact the Krakauer did not personally know Chris McCandless, Krakauer uses opinions from himself and others to help conclude meaning and impact behindMcCandless’s journey. Krakauer also introduces events in the story in an order such that it also introduces events, but also the significance behind them. These techniques help the reader conclude the mystery behind Chris McCandless’s journey.
In the novel, Krakauer mentions that Chris McCandless’s changed his name to Alexander Supertramp, in which many of the people that he came in contact with called him. In the novel Krakauer introduces Wayne Westerberg through a letter that Chris McCandless wrote to him “ saying that “ he wants him to know that he is a great man”. Jim Gallien was the second character introduced that McCandless came in contact with. Gallien noticed Alex hitch hiking and gave him a ride to “Denali National Park” and also discovers that Alex is going to Alaska. However, he notices that Alex does not have the necessary equipment to survive and attempts to dissuade him of the dangerous adventure. Although he makes the attempt there is no changing Alex’s decision because of McCandless stubbornness to consider the credibility of any advice someone provides him with. In the story is appears as if these characters are people who help Chris McCandless along his journey and give him the help and support he needs to make it to Alaska.However Krakauer introduces these to subordinate characters to show people that McCandless came in contact with, but mainly to reveal them as a source of support for Chris McCandless. By mentioning early on that McCandless has not spoken to his family in two years, Gallien’s and Westerberg’s concern for McCandless portray them as symbols of guidance’s for McCandless and a source of reasoning behind his decisions. Krakauer also uses these characters to develop the story through the information that they know about McCandless or Alexander Supertramp, especially being that Jim Gallien was the last person to see McCandless before his death. These characters are connections to the unanswered reasons for this journey and the final months of Chris McCandless’s life. Thereare numerous times when Alex runs out of money and Wayne Westerberg provides employment opportunities for him, but many believe that Chris McCandless’s had a death motif due to constant unpreparedness discussed in the novel.
Initially before embarking on this trip Chris appears unprepared physically, but based on his previous trips and knowledge he appears mentally prepared although he is not. Due to his unpreparedness and disregards of outside opinions it is believed that maybe McCandless may have wanted to die.In an article from outside online titled “The Chris McCandless Obsession Problem, by Diana Saverin, Saverin asks...

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