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Jon Kraukers compelling novel Into the wild is a biography of a young man named Chris McCandless who sets out for adventure towards the Alaskan province but this adventure costs him his life The unique setting of this book influences Chris McCandlesss actions which develop the theme of the potentially disastrous consequences of being ill prepared and taking rash actions Misguided by several factors Chris decides to depart for Alaska without any sufficient planning for his trip which in turn awaits the arrival of some major consequences for himTolstoys writings about living in the wild and Chriss unstable relationship with his father caught his devotion in abandoning his family and leaving for Alaska Early in the book the author mentions one of the reasons for Chriss devotion towards Alaska Long captivated by the writing of Leo Tolstoy McCandless particularly admired how the great novelist had forsaken the life of wealth and privilege to wander among the destituteKrakauer 5 He continues When the boy headed out into the Alaska bus he entertained no illusions that he was trekking into a land of milk and honey peril adversity and Tol-stoyan renunciation were precisely what he was seeking Krakauer 5 Motivated by Tolstoys change in lifestyle which included him being totally cut off from civilization Chris decides that he would imitate Tolstoy in the same manner He believed that this was a way to find his inner soul and peace of mind which he thought could be achieved by fleeing into the wild As the author comes across and interviews Carine McCandless Chriss sister she shows Krakauer one of his letters which depicted Chriss anger at his parents Im going to divorce them as my parents once and for all and never speak to either of those idiots again as long as I liveKrakauer 122 Chris seemed to have relationship problems with his parents especially his father Walt McCandless He seemed to be furious over his father because
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