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into-the-wild-jon-krakauer_TESTMaterialismSet on living an authenticlife, Chris rejects moneyand possessions.OverconfidenceChriss overconfidence leads him toignore the suggestions of others who have hiked the Alaskan interior.Family CommunicationChris chooses not to talk with his parents about his disillusionment with them, leading to hard feelings.The BusEmbodies Chriss dream of living a simple life in harmony with nature—and symbolizes, with his death, the dangers of realitySocial Security NumberRepresents Chriss displeasure with the government that he considers too intrusiveChris McCandlessIdealistic adventurerSources: New York Times, The Numbers, Outside, Penguin Random HouseCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.Chris McCandless, Chapter 16am reborn. This is my dawn. Real life has just begun.Krakauer grew up in Oregon and began climbing mountains when he was eight. His independent, adventurous life has revolved around climbing and writing, detailed in works like Into Thin Air, about his Mount Everest experience. McCandlesss story was a natural interest for Krakauer and led to Into the Wild.JON KRAKAUERBORN 1954Into the Wildby the NumbersMcCandlesss weight in pounds when his body was autopsied shortly after his death67Days after McCandless died that his body was found by hikers 19Amount McCandless donated to charity before embarking on his journey~$24,000Year the film version directed by Sean Penn and starring Emile Hirsch was released2007IbIbRon FranzOlder man;wants to adopt ChrisWayne WesterbergEncouraging friend and hardworking boss to ChrisWalt & BillieMcCandlessChriss controlling father and concerned mother Jan BurresSupportive mother figureto Chris AuthorMain CharactersRiceSymbolizes Chriss lack of food preparation forsurviving the wilderness SymbolsInto the Wild is the true story of Chris McCandless, a college graduate who turned his back on the material world and his family in 1990. For the next two years he embraced a new identity—Alexander Supertramp—and sought simplicity while traveling through the continental United States and the Alaskan wilderness until his untimely death.Peace and Peril in NatureTHEMESAdventureJon Krakauer1996EnglishNonfictionAuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageAdventureInto the Wild

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