Analysis Of Into The Wild By John Krakauer

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Unhappy with his life and the path that it is on, Chris McCandless decides it is time to stray from the societal path in a pretty life changing way. Not even a month out of college he donates his life savings, sold his apartment, and packed his remaining possessions to live on the road, travelling across the United States. The young 24 year old man was found dead in the wilderness of Alaska in September of 1992 after his long journey. Into The Wild, written by John Krakauer, is the story of a man’s journey soley based on pursuing a life of non conformity. There are many who believe that McCandless was crazy for what he did and that it was his ignorance that killed him. Throughout the whole book he shuts many people out and just be …show more content…

81) McCunn was a bit older that McCandless, at 35 years old, but from the look at it they both had similar impulsive like qualities, and were frequently compared to one another. Then, we also see another comparison with another man and McCandless later on in the book. This man, Everett Ruess quotes: “I have some good friends here, but no one really understands why I am here or what I do. I don’t know of anyone, though, who would have more than a partial understanding; I have gone too far alone. I have always been unsatisfied with life as most people live it. Always I want to live more intensely and richly.” (pg. 91) “No one really understands why I am here or what I do” is something that could relate to teens today, and maybe what McCandless thought was during his trip. 5 years later Chris sounds “eerily like Ruess” when he declares “I’ve decided that I’m going to live this life for some time to come. The freesome and simple beauty of it is just
Khatewoda 3 too good to pass up.” (pg. 92) By reading what he has to say, it shows us that Chris just wanted to get away from the social norms and live his life the way he wanted too. But, by doing that he strayed away from any source of connection with other people, because that’s what he thought would make him happy. In reality, “happiness [is] only real when shared.” (pg. 189) During his journey in Alaska he noted this, but didn’t quite understand it himself it seems like.
Chris McCandless legacy is that

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