Are there any examples of anecdotes, allusions, analogies, or irony in Into the Wild?

There are many anecdotes, analogies, and allusions, as well as irony, in the book. Krakauer tells the anecdote of Chris working at a McDonald's. Chris is seen as analogous to a pilgrim or religious traveler. The book alludes frequently to authors as such as Tolstoy. Finally, the book recognizes the ironies surrounding Chris's death.

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Into the Wild contains numerous examples of anecdotes, allusions, analogies, and irony. An anecdote is a short narrative about an event. One anecdote is Ron Franz’s recollection about a conversation with Chris about adopting him. Irony can refer to the implications of information that a person withholds from another. There is irony in Chris’s not telling Ron that his parents were alive. An analogy is a comparison between two things that are similar. One example is the author’s characterization of Chris’s trip as an odyssey. This is also an allusion, a reference to an actual person or event or to another text.

Author Jon Krakauer relies heavily on anecdotes in putting together a composite portrait of Chris. Ron Franz, whose wife and child had died, related an anecdote to Krakauer about wanting to make Chris part of his family. Ron—who knew Chris by his pseudonym of Alex—believes that Alex has no family, so he offers to adopt him. This anecdote includes irony because Chris actually did...

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