Sam SlaughterMay 20, 20194th periodInto the Wild By Jon Krakauer *Essay*The Novel “Into the Wild” written by Jon Krakauer revealed the life of a young bright man named Chris McCandless who turned up dead in Alaska in summer 1992. Chris McCandless moves to Alaska in the hopes of living a simple life free from the constraints of capitalism. After graduating from college, he gives away his savings and hitchhikes to Alaska, where he struggles to survive without the proper tools or training. In the novel, John Krakauer approached carefully McCandless's life without putting too much authorial judgment to the readers. Although Chris McCandless remained an elusive figure throughout the novel, I can see Chris McCandless as a dreamy young idealist who tries to follow his dream but failed because ofhis innocent mistake which prove to be fatal and irreversible. Still, Chris McCandless's courage and passion was something that we should all be proud of. Jim Gallien, a union electrician, picks up a hitchhiker about four miles out of Fairbanks on Tuesday, April 28, 1992. The hitchhiker introduces himself only as "Alex" and asks for a rideto the edge of Denali National Park, from which point he will walk "deep into the bush and live off the land for a few months." Alex, a congenial young man who looks to be only eighteen or nineteen, shows Gallien a map of the Stampede Trail, a seldom-traveled road which winds "for forty miles or so before petering out...(in a) trackless wilderness north of Mt. McKinley." This is where Alex intends to go.