Into the Wild: Chris McCandless is a True Hero

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The famous story of Chris McCandless’s journey, Into The Wild, provokes the reader

to ask a certain question at the end of it all: Is Chris McCandless someone people should look

up to? Or is he just another person who bit off a little more than he could chew? With various

accounts from people who met this young man in the novel, it’s hard for someone not to show

bias on this topic. Many viewed him as brave and heroic for his accomplishments; others viewed

him as an unprepared, ignorant child who left a great life to escape his personal endeavors.

Despite the criticism his journey and death have received, he has inspired many as the poster

Chris McCandless chose a step that not many people would have taken after
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The book Into

the Wild shows that Chris became very distant to his father and tried to rebuke any help that his

parents were willing to give him.This attitude came forth when he found out about his father’s

second family. Many believe that Chris McCandless’s choice to embark on this journey derived

from the desire to escape these personal issues that he had with his father and the expectations

that he put on Chris. Jon Krakauer shows his support of this claim when he says his father was

“ambitious in the extreme, and like Walt McCandless, his aspirations extended to his progeny”

(Krakauer 147). Jon Krakauer states in the beginning of this novel that he understands why Chris

McCandless would’ve taken this journey, and its evident that he believes Walt McCandless’s

pressure on Chris contributed to his decision. Along with the understanding of people from

homes that hold strong expectations, like Jon Krakauer’s, comes the understanding from the

younger generation of kids who want to test their abilities. Judith Kleinfeld even states, “ Many

young people want to test their mettle” (Kleinfeld). No matter how crazy something might

sound, the youth will always understand why someone would attempt to overcome such trials.

To many, Chris McCandless’s journey was an invitation for them to test themselves and their

bravery. His death,
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