Compair and Contrast: Birches, the Road Not Taken and Into the Wild

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"The Road Not Taken" and "Birches" are two poems by Robert Frost seemingly inspired by nature. Robert Frost was a poet who lived from 1874 to 1963. His poems can be related to the book Into the Wild. Into the Wild is a story about the life and death of Chris McCandles covered by Jon Krakaur who is somewhat of a nature enthusiast himself.
In "The Road not Taken" Frost talks about a fork in the road and seeing that he is only one person he has to choose one path over the other, after thinking for a long time he decides to take the one that looks more worn out. This shows his adventurous nature. Later thinking back he says that both paths "had worn..really about the same" but says if he were to tell the story again he'd claim with a sigh
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In Into the Wild Jon Krakaur uncovers Chris McCandles last few years of life and his surprising death in Fairbanks Alaska. Chris McCandles was a well raised boy brought up by a good family with a decent amount of wealth and graduated from Emory University. When he was younger he went mountain climbing with his father Walt to Old Rag in Shenandoah and Long Peak in Colorado. McCandles seemed to be intrigued by nature and had the idea that people didn't need much to live off of. After Chris graduated college he went AWOL and dropped communications with his family. He donated his savings of 24,000 dollars to a food charity and changed his name to Alexander Supertramp. Alex traveled on a great cross country adventure. He traveled using his yellow datsun until it got flooded and from there he went by foot, canoe, bike, hitchhiking, and train hopping. During his trip he kept several journals with which he mostly wrote what he ate, which wasn't much. When Alex was in Mexico he scavenged for fish and when he was up north in Alaska he hunted wild animals. Alex lived most famously of rice. "You'd think he'd get tired of it, but he never did.
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