CriticalResponse on Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer
Intothe Wild is a personal narration on what happened to Alex as he leftthe normal life so that he can wander off to the wilderness. Jongives an account of what he thinks happened to the young man as heleft the comfort of his life so that he could live off in the wildalone and secluded from the life (Krakauer7).The author attempts to understand what could trigger the mind of theyoung and educated man to live off in isolation. The whole book triesto understand the flow of thoughts and perception that the young manwould have had so that he could do what he was doing in light ofacting abnormal while at the same time showing no form of theinternal mental condition.
Thestudy is a critical response on Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer. Itwill highlight the strengths and major points that the author managesto bring as he narrates his story to enable the audience tounderstand things from his perspective. The study will also identifythe weaknesses that come out as one reads the story.
Thenarrative is a success to some level as it gives the audience thechance to follow the plot from the beginning with an abstract at thebeginning. The author uses simple, easy, but correct language towrite the whole story which in turn allows the readers understand themessage that he intends to pass from the beginning to the end.Despite the fact that he uses a personal view on the whole issue, hemanages to remain unbiased and present the whole story in aprofessional way. He is able to convince the audience to thinkthrough so that they can identify his reasoning and way he thinksabout the whole issue. Once of the major successes is the ability toconnect the personal experience and narrate the story of Alex whichenables one reading to differentiate the way he thought so that hecan go the wild alone. The connection that the young man had with theothers in the society is a weak reflection of judging what the youngman thought.
Aweakness present in the story is the ability to have the author takeit personally and uses their story which diverts the attention of thestory from the main plot of the story. It may also confuse the readeras they are forced to follow two plots under the same publication.The story also seems to revolve around the same facts which may borethe audience as they have to read the same thing on different pages(Krakauer67).The language used does not reach a wide audience as it narrates thestory in English language only shutting out the others.
Toa large extent, the story triggers the mind of the audience to thinkdeeper into the mental health and capacity of the main character. Itallows the readers understand that seclusion and self-harm is acommon occurrence and it can happen to each and every individual inthe society. The level of education that an individual has does notdefine them as they can have occasions where they suffer mentally andpsychologically without the others noting. The perception of thesociety is that such an elite group does not have social issues andproblems that make them suffer internally.
Krakauer,Jon. Intothe wild.Anchor, (2009): 1-141.