Style of language

In his letter published in Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Christopher McCandless uses a mix of styles.

Most of the letter is written in a neutral  style with words and sentences belonging to standard grammar and vocabulary: “That means I will be leaving here before very long, so I need you to send any more mail I have received to the return address listed below.” (p. 208, ll. 17-18). This points to McCandless’ educated background.

The main body of the letter, in particular, resembles an argumentative essay, so it is written in a more formal manner. For example, McCandless uses the concept of cause and effect to show Ron the necessity of adopting a new lifestyle: “If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter st...

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