Into the Wild Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Jon Krakauer wrote an article about Chris McCandless for OUTSIDE magazine in January of 1993. Explain why Krakauer was then compelled to write the book, Into The Wild

Krakauer had also been rebellious as a young man and done things as daring as Chris had attempted. He wanted to learn more about Chris and validate his life.

2. Tell how Krakauer disliked the assertion from so many people that Chris had foolishly thrown away his life.

Krakauer believed that Chris was not as much of a greenhorn as people accused him of. Krakauer's research proved that Chris learned about things he needed to know to survive in the wild.

3. How does Krakauer rebut the idea that Chris was a reckless idiot, a wacko, a narcissist?

Krakauer gives evidence that Chris was no different from many idealistic, however short sighted, young people.

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