09/21/12: Into the Wild: Jon Krakauer’s Bias

In the novel, Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer implicitly formulates a bias against the actions of Chris McCandless while treating him with a certain degree of respect for his aspirations. By definition, a bias is a particular tendency or inclination, especially one that prevents unprejudiced consideration of a question (Dictionary.com). Since the bias wasn’t conspicuous to acknowledge, Krakauer subtly directly inputs how McCandless underestimates Mother Nature and pays for his mistake with his life. Initially, since Krakauer was not able to explicitly associate himself with a position about McCandless’s outcome, his tone of indifference and dullness in the narrative angered my perception of him as a writer. After taking the time to evaluate his writing style, it became evident that Krakauer was rather interested in telling the story of McCandless’s journey as it is without associating any negative accusations upon the deceased.  It is important to understand how to have the patience to deliberately evaluate an object without jumping to radical conclusions.


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