From Into the Wild, how did Jon Krakauer see himself as similar to Chris McCandless?

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Like the other responses suggest, Krakauer felt a deeply personal connection to Christopher McCandless that motivated him to write McCandless’ story. Krakauer has a similar fixation on unspoiled wilderness, and he has a tumultuous relationship with his father—both of which intrigued Krakauer when he first encountered these facts.

To avoid repeating the other educators' apt explanations of Krakauer’s connection to McCandless, I offer another interpretation. Krakauer frequently idealizes McCandless’ actions as borne from an intense desire for purity—something Krakauer admires, and he wishes he would have had the proper mix of courage and naivety that McCandless needed to embark on his journey. In other words, Krakauer sees what he might have been if only he had possessed the same level of dedication and gumption. To an extent, one might suggest that Krakauer wants to be more like...

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both go to alaska at very young ages, (krakuer at 23, mccandless at 24) and both hitchiked to alaska

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