Into The Wild Chris Mccandless Comparison

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“The moral of this story is that no matter how much we try, no matter how much we want it…some stories just don’t have a happy ending.”(Picoult). In “Into the Wild” by John Krakauer, it is obvious that his and Chris McCandless’ story are very similar. He can relate to Chris and almost looks up to him and it’s quite easy to see that. By looking at the author's own journey compared to McCandless’, their similarities, and their shared experiences, it’s easy to see that they both had similar journeys, and they both experienced a transcendental awakening but one journey ended in triumph while the other ended in tragedy. In the authors note, Krakauer is talking to the reader and he says “My convictions should be apparent soon enough, but I will…show more content…
One thing he said was “But I believe we were similarly affected by the skewed relationships we had with our fathers. And I suspect we had a similar intensity, a similar heedlessness, a similar agitation of the soul.” Him and Chris had similar experiences with their harsh fathers, they also shared the same hatred of conformity and society. Krakauer really does understand McCandless better than anyone else could because of all these things. You may not believe that Chris was courageous or intellectual, but it’s hard to deny the relationship between him and Krakauer. “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself, Nothing can bring you peace but the triumphs of principles.” This is a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Self-reliance which resonates with Krakauer’s and McCandless’ shared beliefs and interactions. This quote can help us to understand why McCandless and Krakauer enjoyed going into the wild. They were searching for themselves. By looking at their shared beliefs, their respective journeys, and Krakauer’s opinions of McCandless it can be seen that they have similar stories, but their stories both ended very
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