Into the Wild Essay

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Dec 9, 2009
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Into the Wild
Into the Wild is a book about a young man named Chris McCandless and his decision to go off and live in the wild. He decided to walk deep into the Alaskan wilderness and abandon all of his possessions and family. This book is the authors, Jon Krakauer, version of Chris McCandless’ story put together through interviewing and speaking with people who knew Chris as well as by using letters Chris wrote to his loved ones.
In my opinion on what motivated Chris McCandless to venture off into the wild was his need to get out of mainstream society and to not live the life that was originally planned out for him. On his journey to Mt. McKinley, Alaska, he met some friends. One in particular was Ron Franz who
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Chris is saying that there is no greater pleasure in life than to be able to start over every day that you can. Chris is saying that everyday should be and is a different beginning and that it is a privilege to be able to have a new day every day. Chris is saying that you shouldn’t live your life in the same way every day because then you won’t experience true happiness. And that being able to have a different beginning each day is an opportunity that you should take advantage of instead of living life in the same way because there is no point or reason to living that way.

"S.O.S. I need your help. I am injured, near death, and too weak to hike out of here. I am all alone, this is no joke. In the name of God, please remain to save me. I am out collecting berries and shall return this evening. Thank you, Chris McCandless. August ? (pg. 12)" – Chris McCandless

I wanted to reflect on this quote because it’s not your typical quote and it’s from the heart. Chris McCandless wrote this note on a torn page from a novel by Nikolay Gogol and it was found taped to his bus door. The note stated that he was injured and was in need of help. He stated that he was near death and practically too weak to hike to safety and was alone. In the note, he sounded very desperate and panicked. He seemed helpless, courageous and at the same time regretful. He seemed helpless because he stated that he was injured and in need of help. He seemed courageous because

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