Into the Wild

The narrative has returned to the beginning of the text. Reflecting on what you’ve learned of Chris and of young adventurers, does the “circle” seem an effective narrative tool? Explain your answer.


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I like the narrative frame or circle. Krakauer is able to circle Chris's life many times filling in details to help our understanding of Chris. By the final circle, the reader has enough information to at least glimpse into the workings of Chris's mind. His death in Alaska is a cumulative reflection on his life. The reader is left at the same spot they started at. Whether Chris was right or wrong begins to be shrouded behind the harsh realities of the Alaskan wilderness.