Into the Wild: Chris McCandless is a Coward

1193 WordsJul 10, 20185 Pages
The distinction between whether an individual is to be considered a hero or a coward lies in their death. The difference is the impact, and the impact differs for a hero than a coward. When a hero dies, the magnitude of the impact on society is greater as society reflects on all the positive achievements that have been accomplished. Their death is more of a rebirth of a soul, the rebirth of hope. However, a coward dies many times before their actual death. The mistakes and tragic falls are considered to be these multiple deaths. “The valiant never taste of death but once”, a quote said by William Shakespeare. Throughout the novel of Into the Wild by Jon Krakeur, Chris McCandless is thought to be a courageous hero by many.…show more content…
Chris was a great student, completing Emory College with straight As and then without any notice, was gone. He donated his savings and “burned all his cash” (20) and he gave his “money to OXFAM to fight hunger”(31). He could have used his skills and charm to help every charity in the country. he could have ben a lawyer for the poor and oppressed. His problem was that “ you attempted to talk him out of something, he wouldn’t argue. He just nodded his head politely and did what he wanted” (119). His parents were under the impression that he was on his way to law school to help society but “they misread him” (20). He disappeared from it all instead of facing the challenges that everyone must face about their family, society and future. What seems most hurtful and regrettable is Chris’ resentment towards the parents who did so much for him. Chris spent two years with no contact, and now they will never be able to see him again. His childishness clouded his judgment, and caused him to rewrite history, convincing him that his parents were his enemy when instead, they were supportive and proud of Chris. It was shameful “that a kid with so much compassion could his parents so much pain”(104). His travels seemed to be an escape from his family, and a reactionary revenge against his comfortable life. Something strange was happening to him, he became resentful of the life offered

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