The Search For Truth in Into the Wild by John Krakauer

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Who is Christopher McCandless? McCandless was born February 12, 1968 in El Segundi, California. Later on, due to Walt McCandless', Christopher's father, success as an aerospace engineer "[Christopher] was raised in the comfortable upper middle class environs of Annandale, Virginia"(Krakauer 14). Similarly to many people today, Walt McCandless made injurious decisions; during the birth of Christopher and his sister, Carine, Walt was still married. In turn, this leaves them to be bastard children. Christopher was an intellectual that took interest in challenging himself. He was a successful cross-country runner that would lead the team into paths where they often got lost (.info web). Not only was he driven, he had a…show more content…
During high school Christopher informed his parents that he would no longer accept any gifts from them because they might begin to believe they bought his respect (Krakauer 21). Christopher had a strong dislike for wealth, but not wealth itself, what wealth did to people. He believed that it gave people a false sense of power and security. These people with wealth would then try to buy control, happiness, and truth. In Christopher’s eyes the concept of wealth having any power was distorted. Another manifestation of McCandless search for empowerment was his experience of mental and physical hardships. During high school the training for cross-country was very strenuous, not only did Chris view it as physical exercise, but spiritual as well(website .info). Also, the summer before freshman year Christopher decided to take a rode trip. When Chris eventually returned home, he revealed that he had just about died from dehydration in the Mojave Desert (Sexton cliffsnotes). Although his parents tried to prohibit him from attempting a trip like this again, it failed. Chris viewed himself to be invincible, just like a teenager that feels indomitable. Together with Christophers other expeditions, he buys a second-hand canoe in Topock, Arizona. His plan was to follow the Colorado River into Mexico then into the Gulf of California and finally the Pacific Ocean

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