Into the Wild by Chris McCandless

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There are an infinite amount of unique responses to the question “What is the meaning of life?”. However, the majority of people will agree that the true meaning of life is to find happiness and what is really important to one’s self. In Jon Krakauer’s, Into The Wild, Chris McCandless conveys this idealism through his life’s journey as he bravely defies all limitations. Chris McCandless isolates himself from society in his Alaskan Odyssey as a way to defy accepted expectations and to begin discovering the meanings of life without any corrupted influences. Chris McCandless “had been raised in the comfortable upper-middle-class environs of Annandale, Virginia” (Krakauer 19) so growing up, McCandless lived a considerably privileged life and because of that, he never experienced hardships in terms of economics. Ironically, McCandless is a man who puts little to no importance into material items and or wealth. To some, McCandless’s decision to give all of his money away, abandon his family, and give away all of his belongings as something only a “nut” or a “kook” would do. However, growing up, McCandless grew up with the ideology that his economic privilege was “ shameful, corrupting, [and] inherently evil”(Krakauer 115) which led him to become ashamed of what he had. McCandless put strong emphasis on his belief of equality. He would always try to “make sense of the world” (Krakauer 18) and why things were the way they were and why people did the things they did. So, as a result

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