- Point of view
How does the title of your book relate to the story?
The title of my book is “into the wild" this relates to the story because they are some of the last words written in a note from the protagonist, it reads:” This is the last you shall hear from me Wayne. Arrived here 2 days ago. It was very difficult to catch rides in the Yukon territory. But I finally got here. Please return all mail I receive to the sender. It might be a very long time before I return south. If this adventure proves fatal and you don’t ever hear from me again, I want you to know you’re a great man. I now walk into the wild."
What happens and why?
Chris Mccandless was a 22-year-old when he left his parents’ house because of family problems. He wanted to live freely and have a simple life, he travelled a lot by taking lifts from strangers who he befriended, he eventually stopped in a city to work and earn money but he never stayed for too long. His goal was to go to Alaska and live in the Alaskan bush, isolated from other people. When he eventually gets there, he is greeted by his demise.
Where and when do the events in the story take place?
The story takes place in different places approximately in west America, some examples are Annandale, Fairbanks, Carthage, Bullhead City, Salton City. Because the protagonist Chris Mccandless was a vagabond the things don’t happen in the same place, he travelled a lot. The last chapters talk about the last days of Chris Mccandless life which take place in Alaska, mostly in the Alaskan bush.
From what point is the story being seen/told?
into the wild has different point of views, the main part of the story is told by an omniscient narrator, but there are also parts of the diary of the main character where the first person tells what happens, a kind of report of events of what the main character experiences. There are also small interviews with the family of Chris and the persons he met on his journey.
How does the actor deal with the aspect of time?
The story is told in a nonlinear way, it starts with the ending and then explains how everything all unfolds and how everything happens happened.
What does the story say about life?
The story tells the life of an inspirational adventurer who left everything behind to follow his dream, he left his comfortable life to get away from his abusive parents. He unfortunately passed away on his last adventure in Alaska.
Whos is/are at the centre of the story?
At the centre of the story is Chris Mccandless, a 22-year-old who left his family to live in the wild, he is the only main character of the story, there are some interviews of persons who knew Mccandless but they are not the focus of the book. Some of the people who got interviewed were his family, his school friends, Jean Burres, Franz and Wayne.
How does the writer creater suspense?
The writer creates suspense by firstly telling the end of the story and then letting you guess how it all happens, the story slowly unfolds with interviews of people who knew Chris. Then puts everything together and you start to understand the reasons why Chris left his family, with this you slowly get to know Chris and understand his ideas and ways of thinking.
Why does the author end the story this way?
The author ends the story with a closed ending with the parents of Chris visiting the bus where their son died, he ends the story this way because the whole book is told in a documentary kind of way because it is based on a true story.
What is the attitude of the author?
I think that the mood of the book is dark and adventurous. The author talks about McCandless’s motivations and dysfunctional behaviour. While Chris McCandless is hitchhiking around the West, he is having fun and taking risks. Towards his journey in Alaska, the mood changes into being lonely and depressing.
I liked reading this book, it surprised me because I thought that is was a mindless story of someone living in the wild, but after reading the first paragraph I realized it was going to be a serious book about a young boy who lost his life by trying to live his dream. I thought it was funny when I read that the protagonist also was called Chris, like me, I already saw myself in him a bit but when I read that he also was called Chris I connected with him more. I feel bad for him because he seemed such a cool dude and if he had survived his last journey, he could have told so many stories about his travels through west-America. What I have learned from Chris mistakes is to follow your dreams but to not be totally reckless to reach the end goal, and I learned that there are still some nice people in the world who would help others.
I would recommend this book to people who spend a lot of their time in nature, it humbles you and lets you think before doing something a bit risky. This is also a good book for people who love true stories and like books which are similar to documentaries. There is not really a group of people I wouldn’t recommend this book to, it is a well written book with lots of effort put into it because of the many interviews, and it tells a true and somewhat emotional story of a boy who dreamt too much.