Wayne Westerberg

How does Wayne Westerberg describe Christopher McCandless from "Into The Wild"?

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Jon Krakauer's initial 1993 article in Outside magazine on Chris McCandless's death became one of the most read and commented on stories in the history of that publication. Many readers contended that Chris was an arrogant fool who deserved to die for going unprepared into the wilderness. Others defended him. Because of the strong reaction to the article, Krakauer wrote Into the Wild.

Krakauer, as he says in his book, identified strongly with Chris and wanted to tell a sympathetic story. His narrative is meant to persuade the reader that Chris was a person of character and not a fool. Westerberg's memories of Chris help support that argument.

Westerberg's memories of Chris are fond and largely exemplary. He praised Chris in ways likely to appeal to a wide range of readers: Chris was hard-working, had integrity, did not use women, and was personable. Westerberg's descriptions of Chris are convincing because they don't show him to be perfect or a saint: Chris was self-willed, did not get...

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