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by Jon Krakauer

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Are there any examples of logos appearing in Into The Wild?

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If by logos you mean argument by logic or the use of facts to prove a point, then there are plenty of examples in the book. Take, for instance, Krakauer’s argument about how Chris died in Chapter 18. He spends several pages and interviews two experts on the poisonous properties of wild potato seeds and how eating them could have caused Chris’s death. Krakauer’s argument is persuasive to the extent that it provides a credible theory about what happened to Chris. Much of Krakauer’s book is based on reporting he has done—specifically, interviews with people who knew Chris and the McCandless family. This kind of primary source work can also be thought of as a kind of fact-based form of argumentation. While Jim Gallien’s impressions of Chris in chapter 1 are purely subjective, the fact is that these are his impressions as told to Krakauer. It’s important to understand, however, that using facts in argumentation doesn’t automatically make it an example of logos. Krakauer’s...

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