How does McCandless from Into the Wild mimic Jack London's protagonist in "To Build a Fire?"

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Chris McCandless in Into the Wild is similar to the protagonist in "To Build a Fire" because neither of them truly comprehends their limits or understands that humans are powerless in the face of nature. McCandless believes that he can survive alone in Alaska without the proper gear or supplies. He enters the wilderness with only a ten-pound bag of rice, and his leather hiking books are not waterproof or insulated. The protagonist in London's tale is, like McCandless, new to the land –- in his case, the Yukon. Like McCandless, he does not listen to others who have more experience and tell him that he should reconsider being alone.

Both McCandless and the protagonist of "To Build a Fire" are driven by their own inner demons and desires. McCandless wants to escape from his familial bonds and the world of materialism, and the protagonist in London's story wants to visit an old claim to see if he can get out logs in the spring. Neither character is attentive to reality. They are instead...

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