A Comparison Of Jon Krakauer In Chapters Eight And Nine

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Throughout Chapters Eight and Nine, Krakauer describes and begins to develop the other infamous four explorers stories whom Chris McCandless's story is similar to theirs. Krakauer also notices the lack of sympathy that the Alaskans felt for McCandless when they knew about his death. Many of them felt that he was a foolish child, who arrogantly wondered alone in the wilderness with no shelter or food to keep him alive. Krakauer made his own beliefs clear, that McCandless shared some characteristics and behaviors with these four adventurers, the only one who is truly like him is Everett Ruess, the other three men were a little similar because Carl McCunn was more naive, John Waterman was actually mentally insane and Gene Rosellini was a good …show more content…

Rosellini was a good student and athlete, but left his comfortable home in Seattle to see if he would be able to live alone and independently in the wilderness. Rosellini concluded that his attempt to live alone in the wilderness was a failure after thirty years of his journey and then he decided to commit suicide by putting a knife through his chest. Second adventurer Krakauer considered was John Mallon Waterman, Waterman was raised in the same Washington D.C. metro area just like Chris McCandless. As a child Waterman’s father took him climbing mountains. He was very talented and he became an expert at rock climbing. Waterman was described by his contemporaries as a strange character. Although Waterman had significant success as a climber, he was mentally challenged. After spending some time in a psychiatric facility, then Waterman climbed the Denali mountain with very little gear, it was a suicide mission, he was assumed that he fell in the deep cracks of the mountain and …show more content…

And in order to do that, one must look beyond Alaska, to the bald-rock canyons of southern Utah. There, in 1934, a peculiar twenty-year-old boy walked into the desert and never came out. His name was Everett Ruess.". He talked about how Chris and Ruess were unbelievably similar in a variety of ways. For example Both Chris and Ruess began their amzing journey as young men. They both weren't shy from rough, rugged, harsh and extreme conditions. "Also like McCandless, Ruess was undeterred by physical discomfort; at times he seemed to welcome it.". Chris and Ruess had a habit of faking their real name during their travels. Chris often told people that his name was Alex. They both enjoyed their solitude, but both men didn't shy away from friendly companionship either. They just couldn't stand it for too long. "We like companionship, see, but we can’t stand to be around people for very long. So we go get ourselves lost, come back for a while, then get the hell out again. And that’s what Everett was doing.", the only difference between them was that Chris's body was found and how he died, but Everett Ruess's body was never

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