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Wilderness, the West and the Myth of the Frontier in Sean Penn’s Into the Wild

Laura I. H. Beattie

Abstract


This article investigates the representation of wilderness in Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, specifically with regards to the myth of the American frontier. By using the myth of the frontier as a structure through which to read the film, we discover that the film proves William Cronon’s thesis that the idea of wilderness as an anti-human place is merely a human construct.

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