In chapter 1 and 2 of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, what effects do choice of sentence and structure length have on the reader?  

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Jon Krakauer structures the first two chapters, and most of the book, in an interesting way so as to affect his readers.  The description in the book - in other words, the non-dialogue - is written in long, winding, descriptive sentences.  The dialogue of McCandless and those who encountered or knew him is written in short, simple sentences; sometimes the dialogue is not even an entire sentence.

There are a couple of reasons Krakauer may have chosen to structure his writing in this way.  The first is to parallel McCandless' personality and journey.  For example, when anyone talks, he is short-winded and to the point:

"...Gallien remembers. "He was determined. Real gung ho. The word that comes to mind is excited." (p. 6)

This parallels McCandless' personality and his plans for going out into the wilderness.  He had not truly thought through how he was going live, eat, get there, survive, or leave. He had,...

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