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.
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As Chris ventures into the Alaskan wild he was able to find the happiness he was longing for. It was a type of happiness that he could only experience when he was with nature as seen throughout his life. As he laid in his death bed, he never spoke about any regrets he had,
Jon Krakauer’s biography Into the Wild examines the life of Chris McCandless, “a young man from a well-to-do East Coast family” who embarks on an “Alaskan odyssey” by hitchhiking around the U.S. in order to discover himself and seek truth on his journey to Alaska. Throughout the novel, Krakauer reveals text evidence to portray a possible theme to the reader: Community is essential to happiness. By using proper structure and organization, Krakauer is capable of using evidence from McCandless’s life in order to present the overall theme of the novel to the reader.
In Jon Krakauer's novel Into the Wild, the main character, Chris McCandless, seeks nature so that he can find a sense of belonging and the true meaning of who he is. However, it is the essence of nature that eventually takes his life away from him. At the end of his life, he is discovers his purpose and need of other people. After Chris McCandless death in Alaska, Krakauer wrote Into the Wild to reflect on the journey that McCandless makes. Krakauer protrays McCandless as a young man who is reckless, selfish, and arrogant, but at the same time, intelligent, determined, independent, and charismatic. Along with the irony that occurs in nature, these characteristics are the several factors that contribute to McCandless death.
Lastly, Chris Mccandless got to fulfill his dream, live his own life, and now he even got to find his inner self, find out who he truly is. Chris was the kind of person that lived dangerously unlike most people, he was different “It is hardly unusual for a young man to be drawn to a pursuit considered reckless by his elders...Danger has always held a certain allure. McCandless, in his fashion, merely took risk-taking to its logical extreme” (Krakauer, 182). Chris’s true self-was one that was riskful and daring until he could finish the task. Furthermore, he was different from others and throughout his journey, others could see that. In the end that was the kind of person Chris Mccandless was, and this is the person he became after fulfilling his dream and living his own life. In contrast, others did
Into the Wild, written by Jon Krakauer, is a memoir about how living in the wilderness and how Chris McCandless lived nearly two years in the wild. Throughout the novel, Krakauer relates Chris’ adventures to his own experience in mountain climbing and living on his own. This is not your typical memoir where the author tells a story about their lives. Jon Krakauer is not the main character; however he tells a story of this boy who leaves his well-developed family for no apparent reason. But not only does he tell Chris’ story, he tells his own by fusing them altogether.
In the brighter spectrum of Mr. Chris McCandless, is his deep and intellectual personality, shining through on most every occasion with cynical value or an interesting opinion every now and then. In Chris’s deep scholarly thought he decides to give up many things for his own self righteousness in attemp to make himself free of any evil or distraction as well as anything that may hold him down. As a younger boy in high school he proved his good Samaritan self by spending weekends taking to the the streets, spending nights with prostitutes, the homeless, and the addicts, feeding them and experiencing a little of what they felt. As I mentioned before he gave up what he thought would ruin his dreams and soil his life, he rid his life of luxury and wealth along with long-term relationships with people. As one of the things that he had apparently given up was the desire of sex and all of it’s evils, and proclaimed that his need was much to great for something so petty. Truly I believe traveling as a child with his family engineered a mind set within Chris that made him feel as if familiarity was just a weight holding him down from the flight toward his dreams. He also thought that being lost in such a superficial and trivial society could help no one
This explains part of his reasoning for breaking from society. He wanted to experience the unknown. He did not want to be safe, and he was allowed to achieve this because of his persistence and his locked-on mindset. Chris knew exactly what he wanted and he sacrificed literally everything that he had to do so. That is the American Dream.
3. Krakauer argues in Chapter 14 that McCandless’s death was unplanned and was a terrible accident (134). Does the book so far support that position? Do you agree with Krakauer? Why or why not?
In the end McCandless had given his life for the pursuit of truth that he so desperately sought after. If he was out there with better gear and had taken more help from others he would almost certainly have had an easier time surviving and maybe even survived it all. He should have handled the situation in a much more adult manor.
Into the Wild, written by John Krakauer tells of a young man named Chris McCandless who 1deserted his college degree and all his worldly possessions in favor of a primitive transient life in the wilderness. Krakauer first told the story of Chris in an article in Outside Magazine, but went on to write a thorough book, which encompasses his life in the hopes to explain what caused him to venture off alone into the wild. McCandless’ story soon became a national phenomenon, and had many people questioning why a “young man from a well-to-do East Coast family [would] hitchhike to Alaska” (Krakauer i). Chris comes from an affluent household and has parents that strived to create a desirable life for him and his sister. As Chris grows up, he
Although Chris McCandless’ controlling and toxic family environment was a major motive for his escape, his deep-seated internal battle was simply an irresistible impulse for discovery and liberty. Chris’ journey shows a new level of freedom; what true independence holds. He set out into nature alone without support of family or friends, searching for a path unlike those of most, and running from a barred cage of conventional living. Unsatisfied and somewhat angry with himself and his life of abundance in money, opportunity, and security, his preceding experiences and determined character lead him to an inevitable flee into no-mans land. Throughout the novel, Krakauer wants the reader to understand that there is more to Chris than his habit of criticising authority and defying society’s pressures. He needed more from himself, and more from life. He wasn’t an ordinary man, therefore could not live with an ordinary life. Krakauer demonstrates this by creating a complex persona for Chris that draws you in from the beginning.
The book “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer is a story about a man by the name of Chris McCandless. He is a man who grew up in a DC suburb, graduated college and decides to change the ways of his life. He journeys across the country, and finds his way to Alaska. His means are to leave the material lifestyle and become at one with nature. During Chris’s adventure he seems to neglect all communication with his family and over look the fact that they care about his health and future.
In Everett Ruess last letter to his mother and brother he tells them that he isn’t done with being alone with living off the land. He says in his letter, “As to when I shall visit civilization, it will not be soon... I have not tired of the wilderness... it is true that I miss intelligent companionship, but there are so few with whom I can share the things that means so much to me”. His letter shows he isn’t ready to come back home to civilization he wants to stay in the wild. However, in the passage of a book that Chris McCandless highlighted love of one’s neighbor, the idea of free personality, and life as sacrifice. Then he noted “HAPPINESS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED” (Krakauer 189). This shows that Chris knew he wasn't truly happy and the only way to true happiness is to share it with other people. With this big difference between Everett and Chris shows how motivated Chris were to still follow his
Chris had an extremely hard time letting people into his life, there were multiple encounters that Chris encountered people, yet he shut them out of his life, never wanting to get to close with anybody. Charlie quoting from Into the Wild "Didn't like to be around too many people, though. Temperamental. He meant good, but I think he had a lot of complexes--know what I'm saying. Liked to read books by that Alaska guy, Jack London. Never said much. He'd get moody, wouldn't like to be bothered. Seemed like a kid who was looking for something, looking for something, just didn't know what it was” (42). Chris on multiple occasions never let people into his lives, including his parents. The tendency to shut people out was a contributing factor the death of Chris. Jay on the other hand was always
All people want from life is to find happiness. We have learn that it’s not as easy as it looks, we have to search for it, maybe not literal but learning to love ourselves. Everyone tries hard enough to get what they desire and work hard for it, but we can’t see what the future holds, so no one knows exactly what might happen. Tragedy can sometimes come when we least expect them while searching for what we believe can bring us peace and satisfaction. We see this in the novel, Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer about a young man who is searching for what he believes might give him freedom, he goes on his own journey without knowing the end consequences. The author includes and arranges many features that help better understand why he wrote this