Into the Wild

krakauer says read walden, by thoreau what do you think McCandless found interesting about the discussion

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Chris and Krakauer never meet and never have a discussion.

Like Thoreau, Chris rejected the day-to-day world of materialistic society for a life of simplicity in the woods.  He wanted to "live deliberately" and suck the "marrow" out of life. Simply by going to Alaska Chris was emulating Thoreau, "I have my soul set entirely on my Alaskan Odyssey..." Chapter 12 begins with the following quote,

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, an obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board. The hospitality was as cold as the ices."

This is the Thoreau that Chris emulated, the Thoreau the he romanticized.