What Is the Premise of "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer?


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"Into the Wild" is a non-fiction book that follows the life and death of Christopher Johnson McCandless, who went into the wilderness with only a few supplies and perished after surviving for more than 100 days. McCandless began the journey with only 10 pounds of rice, several boxes of rifle rounds, a .22 caliber rifle, a camera and a few books.

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"Into the Wild" was written in 1996 as a non-fiction book by Jon Krakauer. In it, he expands upon the previous 9,000-word essay that he wrote on Christopher McCandless, which he titled "Death of an Innocent." The book was later adapted into a move in 2007. It was directed by Sean Penn and starred Emile Hirsch as McCandless. The book quickly became an international bestseller, and it is frequently used in colleges and high schools as a primary reading material.

"Into the Wild" contains many themes, and the book addresses social acceptance issues, along with how sometimes one may be conflicted with becoming an active member of society. Most critics of the book agree that the main character left on his journey to find some type of enlightenment, but the extreme risk involved ultimately led to his downfall in the wilderness.

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