What precisely was McCandless from Into the Wild? Use one of Krakauer's terms or use your own.

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The answer to this question is completely dependent on the reader. I've had readers say that McCandless was a romantic, an adventurer, or a naturalist. I've also had readers tell me that McCandless was an ignoramus, a loner, a fool, or an anti-establishment rebel.

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I believe that each one of those could be effectively supported with evidence from the text. McCandless is no doubt okay with being alone. Much of Krakauer's account clearly shows that McCandless preferred being by himself in wild locations like the backwoods of Alaska or the deserts of the American southwest. McCandless prefers solitude over company; however, McCandless isn't averse to being around people. He is completely...

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Christopher McCandless, the main protagonist of Jon Krakauer' book "Into the Wild" was described by the author as an "innocent" and "ascetic".

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