Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

timer Asked: Jan 2nd, 2013

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Was Chris McCandless a transcendental hero - marching to the beat of his own drummer or was he a self-absorbed narcissist, a naive escapist, an egomaniac, and possibly crazy as well?

[Be realistic here: no real-life human being is going to be a “perfect,” flawless transcendentalist; he was a real person, not a character in a novel. Also, whatever your response, it will probably need to be qualified.] ”

Also, “In what ways does Jon Krakauer insert himself into the text, explicitly and implicitly? In what ways does he shape our reading of Chris McCandless? What other theses might a different writer, facing the same information, have drawn from the story of this young man? To what extent has Krakauer made an effort to “lay out the evidence” so readers can draw their own conclusions?”

What is the purpose of the book?
What is the writer's thesis?
What are the most important ideas in this book?
Who is the intended audience of this book?

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