What are some literary devices used by the author of Into the Wild?

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The author of Into the Wild is John Krakauer.  He makes use of a lot of different literary devices.  I'll pick three literary devices that I believe that Krakauer uses to great effect during the novel.  

The first is anecdotes.  An anecdote is a short and interesting story that is often used to support or demonstrate some point.  While most of the book is focused on Krakauer explaining McCandless's final months, Krakauer does at times leave that narrative in order to discuss something from his own life.  

As a youth, I...

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