A Character Comparison: “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” and “Into the Wild”


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A Character Comparison: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" and "Into the Wild"
The success of a work of literary expertise is often hinged on the allure of the protagonist. The protagonist must be explored philosophically and emotionally by the author to ensure that the reader can understand the character and emphasize with his or her situation. Though both Robert Prisig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and John Krakauer’s Into the Wild explore characters that are out of reality (Prisig being himself within the book and Krackauer an individual who did once exist), they do it in a way that is similar. Although demographically different, Prisig and Krakauer’s protagonists are trying to make sense of the world through a...
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.....born and with strong philosophical ties, while McCandless perishes in a situation that he himself creates. Still, the characters are very alike: they are intelligent, yearn for world and natural understanding and are not content with their present or original states of being. Both embark on cross-country journeys to help make sense of the world. These books are hugely interesting and successful because the reader is with the protagonists during this journey, and want badly for these protagonists to seek the understanding they so desire.
Works Cited
, John. Into the Wild. New York Anchor Books,
Pirsig, Robert.  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:
An Inquiry into Values.  New York: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008.