Strayed is becoming more understandable to me, which is very important in the name of easy comprehension. When the book began, Strayed had many issues which I did not understand, and so her reasons for hiking were unclear. Through the flashbacks that have sprinkled the book, I am beginning to understand Strayed, or at least I feel that I know her life better. It is always interesting to me that, in memoirs such as this, Strayed claims to remember all this, but I find it surprising that just an average person could remember this much detail about the hills, people, or actions leading up to it. I normally treat the information in books as 100% on purpose: an author does not include information unless they mean something by it. This allows for a deeper and more assuming analysis. A memoir claims to tell the story straight up, but I can help but thin Strayed may have discluded or embellished certain parts to strengthen her claims.
Schneider compares the arguments that “Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen is an American anthem, or a commentary on american society. He does this by analysing lyrics and musical forms of the song.