David Thoreau 's Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

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Transcendentalism is a movement that began in the 1830s with the thought that important reality is intuitive, rather than taught knowledge. This then forced the idea of individualism being the most important element within society and everything having a godly piece within them. Some major transcendentalist figures include: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Jack London. In the novel, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, many of Christopher McCandless’ experiences on his journey of Alaska were an indication that he was a transcendentalist. Throughout the novel it is clear to identify similarities and differences of the ideology and philosophy conveyed by McCandless within Emerson and Thoreau.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, an american
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Henry David Thoreau was american essayist and poet was a strong leader in the transcendentalist movement. One of Thoreau’s best pieces is “Where I Live and What I Live for,” which explains the simplicity of life and to live with only life’s absolute necessities to be able to truly enjoy life. There were many similarities connected with the works of Thoreau and McCandless and connection to the ideology of transcendentalism. “During his senior year at Emory, Chris lived off campus in his bare, spartan room furnished with milk crates and a mattress on the floor. Few of his friends ever say him outside of classes. A professor gave him a key for after-hours access to the library, where he spent much of his free time” (124). The actions that McCandless did connects and exemplifies Thoreau’s philosophy, “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on a thumbnail. In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and the storms and quicksand and through sands and- one items to be allowed for” (Thoreau, “Where I Lived and What I Lived For”). The first passage expresses how McCandless would not need excessive physical possessions in his life to live. This relates to Thoreau’s idea on how people of transcendentalism simply live their lives and avoid making matters more complex with
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