Chris Mccandless, a smart, young man, that many would call stupid, unreasonable, yet his story pulls in so many people, why? Because he was not the type of person that would do this. A smart person, going to a great university with all A’s. From a wealthy family even, with a father working at NASA. Chris was an admirable person because he was brave and confident in what he was doing, every person that Chris came across was attracted to his magnetic personality even.
In society, people tend to follow the people's footsteps and apply new characteristic or methods that they obtain from there person. In the story, Into the Wild, Chris McCandless was a boy who favors several literacy heroes. He was able to understand each hero and apply there knowledge that they obtain from other people. He was favoriting Henry David Thoreau, Jack London, Leo Tolstoy and much more. Henry David Thoreau was an American poet and an essayist and wrote numerous books based on his philosophy. However, in the book, he plays a crucial role in giving Chris McCandless life lesson throughout his journey. Jack London is a worldwide celebrity and a famous novelist and journalist. He also has some characteristics that Chris has also obtained from him. In addition, Leo Tolstoy was one of the greatest Russian authors of all times. He has inspired Chris with some of his quotes which reflects him during his journey. There are more heroes that Chris mentions in the story but these are three which he tends to reflect more on.
Michael is naturally a leader. He can make hard decisions or sacrifices, he speaks his mind, and he always has good advice to give. Michael makes hard decisions or sacrifices. An example of this is when the leaders of Waknuk society discover the telepaths. He says to David, “You mustn’t let them get hold of Rosalind or Petra- far better to kill them yourself than let [them be tortured] (Wyndham 143). This would be a very hard decision to make. Michael is able to make this decision because of his excellent leadership skills. Some of these decisions involve personal sacrifice for Michael as a leader. With this in mind, a sacrifice he makes is joining the hunt for his friends. He risks being discovered and sacrifices
Chris McCandless is the main character from the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, he is a idealistic man who beliefs that life should be spent out in the wild. He took a journey all the way to Alaska by himself leaving his whole life and family behind to pursue his dream. On his way to Alaska he faced many obstacles and got through them with the help of several people whom he met throughout this journey. Jan Burres, Ronald Franz and Westerberg are some of the people whom Chris interacted with leaving them behind with different impressions on each of them.
“Courage, I seemed to think, comes to us in finite quantities, like inheritance and by being frugal and stashing it away and letting it earn interest, we steadily increase our moral capital in preparation for that day when the account must be drawn down.” (pg.40) Tim O'brien turns a boy decision of weather to fight in the Vietnam war or flee to Canada into such an exciting piece of writing by using character Elroy Berdahl who is a silent Observer who helps Tim overcome his fears and hallucinations.
One may say that Chris McCandless was an arrogant fool considering the decisions he made throughout his short life. Others may say he was an incredible inspiration and should be honored beyond his death for his choices. McCandless may have made some questionable choices within his journey, yet he was nothing less of an inspiration to those who feel that they have not ‘found themselves’ and deserves respect for the impact he has made. Although he is respectable, he also had ample flaws that may have led him to his tragic ending.
The author, Tim O’brien of the book The Things They Carried uses events and characters from the memoir in place of some experiences him and the narrator shares. Fictionalizing many emotions and events that happened to Tim through other characters usually that he wouldn’t feel or do. For example Tim talks about how at a point he wanted to run away to canada when he received his draft notice. This feeling of discontent and the thought of war sickened him to the point he was just yards away from Canada but felt as though that would be a coward move. The author and character shared similar ideas however the author Tim didn’t attempt to run away but his character did. O’Brien informs his audience on the difference of the war from the stereotypical
Nick Carraway, or the narrator of the novel, is quickly shown at the beginning of the novel to be an educated, well-off, and prominent man in his family. Further on, one of Nick's best qualities is that he is quickly described as nonjudgmental, which is great since the novel is told in his point of view. At the very beginning of the novel, Nick states that his father once gave him a piece of advice that has stuck with him ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one . . . just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." From this quote, Nick has developed a sense of moral justice and is told to be truly honest. Additionally, Nick is brought up as a
A trait simply described as the overestimation of oneself can be a quintessential element in understanding a character’s downfall. People such as Chris McCandless, Oedipus, and Tiger Woods are key examples when trying to relate, understand, and analyze what we know today as “Hubris”. Tiger Woods can be viewed as a modern day example of hubristic actions due to his history of fame and fortune leading to a public downfall on his image. Connections that can be made between each of these characters describe the very nature of how a hero will ultimately meet their bane as a result of being blinded by their own flaws.
A positive attitude can help you inspire others, improve your health, and even add years to your life. Great Leaders stay positive even through the worst situations. Robert is an outstanding leader when it comes to staying positive. Through tough times that the narrator's wife endured in her past, she would turn to Robert for help. Robert, being the positive man he is, guides her through these tough times. This shows that Robert is a compassionate man that takes the time to listen to others. The Narrator despised Robert, and made it known by making jokes at Robert. Robert easily could have got mad or upset, However, he would still remain positive. It is very important for a leader to not drop down to the level of negativity of others. One of
Christopher Johnson McCandless graduated from Emory University in 1990. The son of well-to-do parents, it appeared that Chris was prepared to embark on the next chapter of his life. He had been editor of the student newspaper, earned honors with a double major in history and anthropology, and seemed destined for law school. Determined to rewrite his story, Chris eschewed conventional expectations. He divested himself of money and possessions and immersed himself in a new identity: Alexander Supertramp, Alaskan Adventurer. Four months after beginning his trek into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley, Chris's decomposed body was found. When the details of his story emerged, many people thought Chris was mentally disturbed, calling him a "kook," a "nut," and "a half-cocked greenhorn," among other things (Krakauer, 1996, pp. 71-72). Had Chris's story had a happy ending, he would probably be described differently. He brought the tragic ending on himself, and people called him crazy. "Crazy" is a non-clinical word often used to describe someone with an underlying pathology. In this sense, there was nothing wrong with Chris McCandless. What he did suffer from was the enthusiasm and over-confidence of youth. Combined with poor planning and insufficient skills and experience in the outdoors, his "affliction" became fatal. McCandless made bad decisions, but he was not crazy.
Each book is different from the other, but has a couple of a couple of similar characteristics. Each book thrives in action, suspense, and is just mysterious enough that it lures you in to where you want to continue on with the series. The story behind the main character John Milton is the man that the government sends when all else fails. He considers himself a craftsman, and artisan. With his own special trade “Murder”. He is ruthless, brilliant, anonymous, and extremely lethal. He is truly a master assassin and someone that you don’t want to be on the opposing side
As a child I loved to read. I liked to read fiction with heroes and nonfiction about those who would risk something to help others. I had many favorite books, but this series remains one of my favorites.