Passage: He lived on the streets with bums, tramps, and winos for several weeks. Vegas would not be the end of the story, however. On May 10, itchy feet returned and Alex left his job in Vegas, retrieved his backpack, and hit the road again, though he found that if you are stupid enough to bury a camera underground you won’t be taking many pictures with it afterwards. Thus the story has no picture book for the period May 10, 1991-January 7, 1992. But this is not important. It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found. God it’s great to be alive! Thank you. Thank you (Krakauer 37).
R: Through this passage, McCandless conveys how even though there is disappointment that his camera malfunctions and he cannot journal his journeys, it is a minor setback because the true goal of his adventures is to live life to the fullest. His goal is to leave all earthly materials, such as money, cars, and society behind him, in order to remove his “baggage” and focus on what matters most to his life. This statement struck me as quite resonant because as technology becomes a more and more prominent portion of everyone’s daily life, the amount of time and effort that we as a society put into appreciating nature, our friends, our family, and our daily activities become less and less. Instead, we take pictures so that we may “revisit” moments in our lives that were “touching”, when in fact the actual moments themselves