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shorties614 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 26, 2008 at 10:06 AM via web

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Krakauer bases much of his narrative of McCandless's journey in "Into the Wild" on his own experience. Is Krakauer a reliable narrator?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 30, 2008 at 10:50 AM (Answer #2)

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When completing a biography, an author must draw upon what information is available.  Krakauer did extensive research into McCandless - reading the man's journals, looking at school records, interviewing friends and family.  However, because much of the journey is a mystery, Krakauer brings in his own knowledge of the outdoors and of such types of journey's to make educated guesses about what McCandless must  have experienced.  By interweaving his own experience with what he has learned of his subject, Krakauer creates a logical and believable account of McCandless.  His research and his own experience make Krakauer a very reliable narrator.

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nutmegger | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted May 27, 2008 at 11:37 AM (Answer #3)

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Krakauer does in fact base much of his narrative on his own experiences both in the wilderness, and in a somewhat unsettled home life.  In chapeters 13 and 14 Krakauer makes a strong arguement for the ways in which his personal life paralell that of McCandless; the troubles with his father, the desire to challenge nature, stubborness, and a lack of understanding of his own mortality.  Further, Krakauer draws deeply on research of similar adventurous souls who have faced nature and lost.  Krakauer is no stranger to facing death and writing about it.  His critically acclaimed Into Thin Air chronicals the famous Mt Everest expedition, which he was part of, that claimed the lives of numerous fellow mountaineers.

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