What is a good thesis statement for the book Into the Wild?

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Krakauer's book emerged out of an article for he wrote about Chris McCandless's death that created a hot debate over whether McCandless was a fool or a sage. Audiences were divided: some argued that Chris was a greenhorn who deserved to die because he went ill equipped into the Alaska wilderness—some on this side of the divide even argued he had a suicide wish. The other camp asserted just as strongly that Chris was on a search for self, made decent preparations according to his goals, and died because he met with an unfortunate series of circumstances.

Since a thesis statement must be arguable—that is, stating an opinion—a good thesis would come down on one side of this divide or the other. Krakauer very clearly defends Chris and feels he was a sage. Do you agree? Or after weighing the evidence in the book, do you think that Chris truly behaved foolishly, despite have good intentions?

Whichever one you choose, marshal your evidence and gather quotes from the book to support you...

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