Chris Mccandless Was Different From Other People. His Ideas

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Chris McCandless was different from other people. His ideas were perceived as strange from the outside eye. Was McCandless crazy or was he simply misunderstood? Everyone has their own opinion on this question including Shaun Callarman. He believes Chris is “ just plain crazy,” however there is no hard evidence that proves this statement or completely backs it up. Callarman says "I think that Chris McCandless was bright and ignorant at the same time. He had no common sense, and he had no business going into Alaska with his Romantic silliness. He made a lot of mistakes based on ignorance. I don’t admire him at all for his courage nor his noble ideas. Really, I think he was just plain crazy." This statement says that he is ignorant and yes…show more content…
However, I do not believe that the plant McCandless ate right before death was the cause alone of his demise, I do believe that his diet did play a role in this death. Obviously he died from starvation because his body was not getting enough nutrients to turn into energy. “He appears dangerously malnourished weeks before ingesting the seeds that Krakauer claims killed him” (Thayer). Whether it was the seeds that killed him, the possible mold that Krakauer describes on pages 193-195, or just the lack of nutrients and calories, he still made the mistake of ingesting too many wild potato seeds and roots at one time without enough variety of foods. “An examination of Chris’s journal shows that he went without food on many days and almost always had an extreme caloric deficit. His starvation clearly began on April 28, not July 30 as Krakauer proposes” (Thayer). This proves to be the most solid explanation on Chris McCandless’s death. Chris was not crazy because he starved or because he got stuck in a place with limited access points. Bad luck and unthought through plans are what causes his starvation and lead to his death. Chris McCandless thought that he was prepared for his Alaskan odyssey. It turned out he was very ill prepared which is what caused his death. He did not pack enough food because he compared the amount of food he would need to his southern adventures. He also didn’t have the
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