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Into the Wild Style Analysis

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Christa Fernando

on 9 February 2015

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Transcript of Into the Wild Style Analysis

Diction
roots
Syntax
trunk
Imagery
leaves and branches
Krakauer creates compelling and memorable scenes of imagery that stick with the reader throughout the book. This is supported by the effective diction and relatable syntax just as the trunk and roots support the leaves and branches of a tree.
Style Analysis
Organization
Purpose
roots -> trunk -> leaves
Krakauer
Tone
form of tree
Krakauer uses a striking diction that is not superfluous - like the roots of a tree. Only what is necessary to get the point across with the right tone while remaining simple to understand. This is especially relevant in his imagery.
The syntax Krakauer uses is intermediate but still informal. Such is the trunk of a tree - straightforward and simple.This helps a broad audience relate to Kraukauer, McCandless and the other characters in the book while
retaining a depth
in meaning.
"To descend onto the confines of the canyon, however, is to arrive in another world. Cottonwoods lean gracefully over drifts of flowering prickly pear. Tall grasses sway in the breeze. The ephemeral bloom of a sego lily peaks from a toe of a ninety-foot stone arch, and canyon wrens call back and forth in plaintive tones from a thatch of scrub oak."
"Away from the lakeshore the land rises gently and then abruptly to form the desiccated, phantasmal badlands of Anza-Borrego."
All quotes from
Into the Wild.

" Away from the lakeshore the land rises gently and then abruptly to form the desiccated, phantasmal badlands of Anza-Borrego.
To a first-time reader, Into the Wild may easily seem scattered in terms of organization. Similarly if someone were to take a magnifying glass and look at each part of the tree, it would also seem incoherent. However, looking back after reading the book, it is clear that Krakauer's purpose was more toward the idea of finding the meaning in life than just telling McCandless' story.
A tree's purpose is to grow. All the different parts: the roots, trunk, branches, leaves and apples all work toward the one goal of growth and maturity. Krakauer, after presenting the story of Chris McCandless, appears to be doing so for the sake of the growth of his readers. He challenges his readers with a story of desperation toward meaning in life in hopes that his readers will wonder about their own lives and hopefully take steps to find meaning for themselves.
In a tree, the trunk is strong but the branches curve and the leaves are free. A tree
is
what it needs yet it still expresses itself. Krakauer's tone is also one that displays what needs to be said in a rather unbiased way but still expressing subtle admiration and sympathy for McCandless.
"McCandless' apparent salvation, in other words, seemed to be only a three-hour walk upriver. This sad irony was widely noted in the aftermath of his death."
-notice difference in syntax and diction in same sentence
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