The Essay that Is before you is on the metal stability of Alex McCandless during the period of the last two years of his life. To prove that Alex was mentally unstable I need to define the criteria that he will need to fit to be classified as mentally unhealthy or unstable. The Mayo Clinic a respected and internationally renowned hospital defines mental instability as Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions — disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental disorders include: depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders and addictive behaviors. And they list a wide range of symptoms of mental illness Feeling sad or down, Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate, …show more content…
Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations Inability to cope with daily problems or stress Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people Alcohol or drug abuse Major changes in eating habits, Sex drive changes Excessive anger, hostility or violence Suicidal thinking. I will go back to this list and connect quotes from the book to prove that Alex was having many of these. For my first Scope I will prove and expand on how he segregated himself from society. The second will be that he through away a successful future and years of work. I will conclude with the fact that he lost the ability to judge the ability of himself and his body leading to his death.
To begin with the first Scope The situation that Alex was in during his adolescence needs to be explained. Alex’s parents were “Billie” and “Walt” McCandless Walt being an accomplished scientist working for NASA and later running his own business. This was Walt's second marriage and he had 6 children before his relationship with Billie . Alex had a younger sister and they were overwhelmingly close she would listen to many of the rants that Alex would have …show more content…
Because of this along with bad decisions and circumstances he died. The first point that Will be made in this scope is that Alex had been an outstanding student and he had been gifted in academics along with physical Activities. Alex’s father saw great potential in Alex and would have liked to bring that to its fullest potential but never got a chance “Chris had so much natural talent but if you tried to coach him, to polish his skill, to bring out that final ten percent, a wall went up “(Jon Krakauer, 1996) . All of these gifts and work were thrown away the second he decided that he would be taking to the road and eventually traveling to Alaska. The second point that will be made is that Alex’s family was extremely well off in terms of their financial status His father's resume says what is need to be heard Current U.S Department of Defence top secret. A little farther down the page and account of his professional experience begins:” I perform private system design, and associated signal processing, Data reduction and information extraction tasks”. This is what I would see as a very wealthy man and would easily provide for his family. Along with the over one hundred dollars that he had burned in a ritualistic action against society he donated all of the money within his account and donated it to the college that he had been attending the year before. Emptying over 20,000 dollars
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The Murdaugh family murders have to be one of the most intriguing and interesting stories that has happened in South Carolina maybe ever. The Murdaugh family, what many looked at as southern royalty due to their wealthy past, came crumbling down when father Alex Murdaugh killed his son Paul and wife Maggie. Firstly, what seems to be the start of the downfall was when oldest son Paul, was involved in a fatal boat crash accident. Paul was “charged in 2019 with drunkenly crashing a boat in an accident that killed one of his passengers, 19-year-old Mallory Beach, and injured several others”.
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Before Alex got hurt he didn't have many friends besides his teammates, he was like that invisible kid at school.. When he was hurt he wasn't that invisible kid anymore. People started talking to him who usually did not and he also got invited to the most popular girl party. When Alex was hurt he was got to have a interview with this girl named Christine Whitford she was a reporter for the school newspaper. He quickly starts to fall for her.
Alex changes throughout the story because at the start he is a jealous person and he doesn’t give his girlfriend Christine much freedom to do what she wants. This side of Alex changes though as he starts to realize that he has to trust Christine more and give her some more freedom. For example, this is shown when Alex starts to realize that he cannot always say the first thing that comes to mind. The text states, “Alex spent a large chunk of the night dancing with Christine, losing her just once when he went to get drinks and found her dancing naturally with Matt. Even that didn’t really bother him”
Chris McCandless: Spiritual Revolutionary of the Primordial World Chris McCandless, a young, nonconformist man, died in the Alaskan wilderness trying to live off the land there. Some laud McCandless for his transcendentalist behavior and unique, nonconformist beliefs; others call McCandless a reckless fool whose impulsive actions ended up costing his life. Chris McCandless was ultimately a modern day transcendentalist because he believed that nature was purer than society, a common transcendentalist belief. An inscription McCandless engraved in Fairbanks bus 142 indicatesthat he thought of society as poisonous, thus making nature purer than society in McCandless’s mind. In September of 1992, Alaskan hunters found McCandless’s body
“For that entire period he subsisted on nothing but five pounds of rice and what marine life he could pull from the sea, and experience that would later convince him that he could survive on similarly meager rations in the Alaska bush”(Krakauer 36). Chris was able to learn skills and traits through these adventures and was able to keep himself alive longer in Alaska by using these new skills. Learning from previous experiences is something that many people don’t do, and they would continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. Chris did not do that, every experience on his trip made him better prepared for the next day. Chris was smart because he was able to apply his previous knowledge to learn new skills and live, in the
He rebelled against the typical ways individuals who go into the wild behaved. According to Stuckey, “Alex was clean-shaven...and I could tell by the language he used that he was a real sharp fella. He wasn’t what you’d call a typical hitchhiker”(Krakauer 158-159). Chris rebelled against typical adult behavior seen in how he did not cuss or use a lot of slang that was prominent at that time.
There are many people in the world who deserve to be commended for efforts or accomplishments, and I do not deny that Chris McCandless could be seen as one of them. He did try something new and I commend him for that, however, I do not believe that the manner in which he did so deserves attention and or praise. Chris was not a very considerate person in the way that he left without letting his family know what he would be doing, giving his parents and sister a lifetime of guilt and wondering. He was also not the first, nor the last person to do something like this, and there were many who were much more successful than him in trying to live a life in extreme wilderness conditions.
This truely is a great escape for Alex and the tough task will eventually lead to his demise. The task indeed proved to be too much for this unprepared boy ready for his freedom from his life and the feeling of being held down. Figurative language in this novel can be small, but with it comes a far deeper meaning that adds to the powerful
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Around the age of ten, his father, James, abandoned Alex, his mother, and his brother (James Jr.), leaving the weight of raising two sons on Rachel. Three years later, Rachel died due to a severe fever, and Alex was left to fend for himself and his brother. Because they were illegitimate children, the Church of England did not allow Alexander and James Jr. to be a part of the church, and denied them an education in the church school. This, however, did not stop Alexander, and decided to educate himself.
What Chris McCandless was a great guy I wish I could meet but he died in Alaskan backcountry on August 18, 1992. I question why he did what he did; I question myself why am I doing what I doing? Why? I still admiring what Chris did and a lot of people do. It amazing he excelled academically although a number of teachers and fellow students observed that he ¨marched to the beat of a different drummer.¨ He was also a captain in cross-country he would urge teammates to treat running as a spiritual exercise in which they were ¨running against the force of darkness …
Secondly, Alex is perhaps a little too trusting. He trusted Lao Xu because he appeared to be a good and knowledgeable person, “Lao Xu was there too. He’s a great guy.”(pg 27) Later in the book, when Eddie talks about Lao Xu being a spy to hurt Alex, Alex exclaims,“ ‘Spy!
He lives only by obeying to his own rules and the rules of nature but not following the law. Alex lives at his own interest. At one point, he is caught shooting a deer and is caught in between trouble because no Alex actually exists and also that he did not have a hunting license. When he Is finally let go he refuses to go get a hunting license because he believes that the government has authority to know Alex’s business and know what he hunts and what he eats. This goes back to the way that he wats to be free but also free from the entire world.
From the beginning of the story it is clear that there is a lack of an authority figure in Alex’s life. His parents seem to be emotionally absent, they do not question their sons lack of school attendants, nor do they question where he is and wants he is doing late at night. Alex had a very relaxed upbringing and was allowed to do whatever, whenever with no consequences. The “Droog" gang members also had a negative impact on Alex’s decision making and problem solving abilities. Growing up with this lack of authority and the inability to differ between right and wrong is the ideal environment for the makings of a psychopath.