“Into the Wild:” An Epilouge

Throughout the novel “Into the Wild” John Krakauer makes an argument about the adventurer Chris McCandless. Krakauer notes McCandless as a pilgrim; not someone who had a death wish. Throughout the book and emphasized in the epilogue, Krakauer helps persuade a reader such as I that McCandless was in fact a pilgrim on a journey to find himself perhaps.

Krakauer adds details and makes specific choices in the book in order to help his argument to further validate my thoughts; that I, too, believe McCandless was a pilgrim. Krakauer gave specific details about Chris’ adventure and life journey to show the reader he was not insane. One of the major points Krakauer brings up in the book to help validate both his and my beliefs about McCandless is showing the relationships McCandless had made on his journey.

Although he may have not always agreed with his parents, they thoroughly loved him; as highlighted in the epilogue of the book when they visited the “Magic Bus” ten months after Chris died and leave a memorial plaque, flowers, and supplies in the bus. You can feel the heart breaking tragedy that the epilogue unfolds, as the reader got to know Chris so well throughout the novel. In Chris’ journey, he meets a number of different people who he shared intimate relationships with including: Bob and Jan Bures, Wayne Westerburg, and Ronald Franz. This helps show the reader he was not insane and was not only looking for, but was also very capable of creating intimate relationships with total strangers; it came easy to Chris.

Billie McCandless said to Krakauer, “Many people have told me that they admire Chris for what he was trying to do. If he’d lived, I would agree with them. But he didn’t, and there’s no way to bring him back . . . Most things you can fix, but not that.”

Krakauer was an excellent reporter in discovering almost every detail that pertained to Chris McCandless and his journey. The interviews he had with the people in Chris’ life help the readers of his book, myself included, validate their thoughts about Chris. It helps the reader have empathy for Chris and be able to better understand him and why he went on his expedition; to be a “pilgrim” as Krakauer describes.



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