Into the Wild

by: Jon Krakauer

Suggested Essay Topics

1. What does the phrase “into the wild” mean to Jon Krakauer?

What does the phrase “into the wild” mean to Christopher McCandless?

Why do so many people respond to the story of Christopher McCandless as first published in Outdoor Magazine?

What role does selfishness seem to play in Christopher McCandless’s decisions? Is he a selfish person?

Is Krakauer’s portrait of Christopher McCandless convincing? Support your answer with evidence from the text.

Discuss the role of accidents and mistakes in Christopher McCandless’s death.