Chris McCandless' Search For Truth in Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild

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Human nature tells us to want what we can't or don't have. Everything from people to a toy to a kind of hairstyle – we just always want what isn't ours. Chris McCandless from Jon Krakauer's Into The Wild is no exception. He lives his life as part of an upper-middle class family, is smart, and goes to and does well in college, but he still feels like something is missing from his life. He want something completely opposite of the life he's used to. Chris McCandless spent a lot of time looking for something entirely different from what he already had and while he found true happiness it eventually lead to his demise. Life is not something that can be defined by any single person. Everyone sees life as having a different purpose. …show more content…
It was the Wild, the savage, frozen-hearted Northland Wild. Jack London, White Fang.” (9)
Jack London was the primary reason he left to go to the “Northland Wild.” Alaska became a place that called him after reading things from Jack London. London describes “the Wild” with such grace and intensity that it must have just hit home for McCandless. He was obviously inspired by something Jack London said or he probably wouldn't have decided to give up everything he had to live like a homeless man. Chris McCandless's parents were prepared to send him to law school upon his graduation from Emory University because they were under the impression that that's what he wanted to do. They had no idea what their son was really planning. “'We misread him,' his father admits. What Walt, Billie, and Carine didn't know...was that he would shortly donate all the money in his college fund to...a charity dedicated to fighting hunger.” (20) They had no idea what he was really up to, and that's how he wanted it. He just wanted to live his own life without his parents even knowing where he was. Toward the end of June the summer after he graduated, he sent his parents his transcripts. They didn't hear from him again, so in August they decided to go visit him is his apartment in Atlanta: “When they arrived at his apartment, it was empty and a FOR RENT sign was taped to the window. The manager said that Chris had moved out at the end of
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