Into the Wild

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I rarely read literature with a focus on nature and exploration, which is why I am still surprised that not only did I finish reading Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, I found it oddly captivating.

Jon Krakauer tells the story of Chris McCandless, a young, enigmatic man who strives to live a life of purpose. In an effort to do so, Chris decides to leave home and journey into the wild, away from all people, away from expectations, away from reality.

Throughout this book, Krakauer employs stories of other explorers (including himself) as parallels to the main focus on McCandless. Kraukauer also draws upon the accounts of those who knew Chris, as well as how Chris’ death affected them. Because of this, I believe that Krakauer’s purpose was to convey that while we all need a break from the overwhelming congestion of conversation, technology, and discontent in our lives, humans are simply not meant for long-term isolation.

From time to time, Krakauer addresses Chris’ journey with an attitude of reverence and respect, highlighting the importance of pursuing one’s passion relentlessly. However, while this book is filled with fascinating adventure, tones of caution underlie the text. Krakauer uses McCandless and the many other travelers mentioned as examples of how our untamed fantasies can foster foolishness and consequently, death. Dreams are cast in a somber light as Krakauer depicts the dangers of constantly living in a state of reverie.

I believe that Krakauer’s target audience was dreamers. People who refuse to fully take heed of reality or people unexposed to the risks of stubborn solitude. While reading this book, I was stunned at how alike the main character, Chris, and I are. Two people full of restless energy, often detached from others, drawn to the allure of a fanciful life. Ultimately, every one of us is at one time or another possessed by the possibility of a life of freedom, impulse, and exploration. Into the Wild is a book that others can see themselves in, perhaps making it all the more an experience of introspection and learning.

-Angel

 

2 comments

  1. ennsez · February 15, 2016

    Nice well-organized post, Angel. I thought that you explained Krakauer’s purpose with his writing very well. Your point about the inability to survive in isolation was well grounded in the way that Krakauer wrote. One thing that I think would improve your writing is a slightly less formal tone. It would help relate your posts to your readers a little more. As is, though, it’s really a good post. Well done, Angel.

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  2. christianjpark · February 16, 2016

    Dear Angel, I really enjoyed this post. One thing that I find consistent with your blog posts are how organized they are. This helps me, as the reader, to stay attentive and understand your points of view. Your organization is flawless. However, Angel, my homie, why so formal? Have fun with this blog! Act as if you were talking to a group of friends. It is good to be professional, however, too professional comes off as a little boring and like a lesson. Be your lively and fun self. Having a more relaxed tone in your blog posts would make them more relatable. Other than that, I really enjoyed this post. I am looking forward to reading…ANOTHER ONE. 😀

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