What are the key similarities between Krakauer and Chris in "Into The Wild"?

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It is clear from the style of the book that Krakauer had very strong positive feelings about McCandless and felt that what he was doing was in a real sense heroic and powerfully cathartic.  Krakauer identified with his desire to find his limits and to explore the unknown as Krakauer was very interested in mountain climbing and taking big risks in the wilderness when he was Chris' age.

Krakauer identified with McCandless love for and respect for nature as being in many ways superior to human nature and more instructive than any classroom or teacher.

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