Chris Mccandless 's Into The Wild

2337 Words Jun 4th, 2016 10 Pages
The world loves dreamers. Every, day people are inspired by other people who strive to achieve their dreams of grandeur. They pick their heroes: charismatic, daring, and habitually dead. The romantic ideals of these individuals present skewed views of reality and often lead to dire situations. Chris McCandless, subject of Jon Krakauer’s successful novel, Into the Wild, met his fate in the Alaskan wilderness. McCandless donated all his money to OXFAM America after double majoring in anthropology and history at Emory University, then walked away from his old life. He took on the name Alexander Supertramp, and the next time his family would see him would be as a corpse, brought to his knees by nature’s unforgiving presence.
At the beginning of his travels, McCandless “tramped around the West… spellbound by the scale and power of the landscape…” (Krakauer, “Death of an Innocent” 4). He was a romantic, admiring nature and seeking out the most remote of places to end his life of consumption. He faced many trials throughout his travels, but always seemed to come out on top. His father explained, in an interview with Krakauer, that “’He was good at almost everything he ever tried’ … ‘which made him supremely overconfident’” (7), and this was his downfall. Hubris. McCandless’ dream of living his life away from society’s poison was romantic in itself. Romanticism’s trademarks are imagination and emotion. The acute appreciation of outside nature, an interest in the remote, the…
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