Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

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Endless miles of powder white snow, piercing bitter winds, and white-capped mountains, a continuing stretch of shimmering sand, relentless heat of a blazing sun, and high jagged cliffs, or a warm comfortable couch, a big blanket, a bag of chips, and Netflix. If asked which of these three would bring them happiness, many would undoubtedly say the third choice. But the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer tells the story of a young man, Chris McCandless, who if asked the same question, would choose the first two promptly. Chris McCandless, raised in the suburb of Washington D.C, left his home and started his own journey wandering all across North America in search of adventure after graduating from Emory University in 1990. In April 1992, he reached his biggest goal when he hitchhiked to Alaska and lived in the wild. Four months later, hikers and hunters found his S.O.S note and his dead body. But his inspiring story, as well as many others like it, have proven that to find happiness, it is necessary that a person leave the conformity of everyday life and find simplicity and excitement in the challenges of adventures and new experiences. When Chris left for his journey, he abandoned the ordinary life of security and conformity that he believed was damaging to his adventurous spirt. A big example of security and conformity for Chris was college. In his senior year of high school, Chis had told his parents that he didn’t plan on going to college (Krakauer). He thought that

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