Analysis Of David Thoreau 's ' Walden '

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“Walden”
Bullhead City
The Alaska Interior
Chris McCandless admired Henry David Thoreau, author of “Walden,” and adopted many of his ideals as his own. McCandless sought for simplicity and desired to stray from social norms and cliché material goods. Although Thoreau’s book was found in Chris’ trailer, he did not live step by step how Thoreau did. He ventured beyond these transcendentalist ideals, taking them to unheard of heights.
While Thoreau sought a life in the wilderness to ponder both nature and the world (“Walden”), Chris went into the wilderness to explore the inner depths of his soul. Not long into his journey, Chris discovered that an extended stay in the wilderness inevitably directs one’s attention outward as much as it does inward, a theory Thoreau already was familiar with. Chris took Thoreau’s transcendentalist life and exemplified it. McCandless intentionally placed himself in an area of nature where there was no one else in close contact to help him. Thoreau’s Walden Pond was located within walking distance from a populated area (“Walden”). When McCandless had Franz drive him to his camp, out past Oh-My-God Hot Springs, Krakauer describes Alex’s location as “…another half mile out on the bajada” (Krakauer 50). Although people were living in areas nearby, no one inhabited them when he needed help towards the end of his life. His residing location also proved fatal with “… the Teklanika was at full flood,” (Krakauer 170) and the fact that McCandless “…was a…
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