Chris McCandless frequently did exactly that. The majority of people that hear or read the story of McCandless overlook the fact that Chris could be, in fact, selfless even when it didn’t benefit him. Even when he must go without. Chris McCandless wanted to have an adventure and learn what it’s like to be away from the conforming ways of society. He wanted to escape the evils of his life and the world.
Chris McCandless abandoned the modern world and chose the wild because he believed that he could improve himself through living in the wild, and found the true happiness of the life. McCandless abandoned his wealthy family because of his complicated relationship with his father, and he was ashamed with his father’s adultery. Therefore, McCandless believed that human relationship was not the only thing that forms happiness, instead a man’s connection with the nature brings joy as well. He also believed the habitual lifestyle was not what people were meant to do, and people shouldn't have more possessions than what they need. For this reason, McCandless traveled with little effects.
Chris McCandless was a independent person and he was trying to get away from civilization because he felt like he never fit into it. Krakauer quotes from Ken Sleights when he talks about Chris McCandless, “A lot of us are like that, I’m like that, Ed Abbey was like that, and it sounds like this McCandless kid was like that: 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
"Other individuals find it difficult to be authentically themselves even in the presence of their spouses, lovers, or closest friends and relatives. Such individuals, whilst not going so far as to construct a false self which entirely replaces the true self at a conscious level, have an especial need to be alone which goes beyond the occasional demand for solitude,” (Storr, 2005) Many of the world’s most important people and achievers were ones that appreciated being alone and free of other people. Chris McCandless’ story of leaving his wealthy lifestyle and being generous enough to donate his money to charity says it all. He is inspiring for leaving all his possessions behind to show that we do not need material things in our life. With Chris being such a young man with a set future, choosing to trek into the wilderness romanticizes those who seek the true beauty within
Many viewed McCandless to be egotistical due to the fact that he left his entire life to pursue his personal desires, and he didn’t think about how others would feel after he left, or if he did, he didn’t care. McCandless was also seen as ignorant. He was not only careless with the feelings of others, but also with his well being. He didn’t seem to know what would be awaiting him in the wild because he didn’t bring many supplies or do too much to prepare, which is what set him apart from a typical adventurer. Chris McCandless was an ignorant narcissist, which was made clear through his recklessness.
McCandless chose to do the unconventional, making people think he was either foolish or brave and determined, but ultimately he was justified for doing what he did. Over the course of Chris’s life, he suffered many abuses at the hands of his family, like many others across the world; however Chris had no interest in being told what to do with his life, wanting to live life “freely” he wanted to live life making his own choices and not having anyone telling him what he can and can’t do. Just because he chooses to live his life differently doesn 't mean he was dumb or reckless. No one from Chris’s family had any idea what “his plans were” he has not spoken to his family in a couple years (Jon Krakauer 6). McCandless choose to no speak to his family because of they way they acted, they always fought, they always told their kids look at what your mother and or father is doing, Chris had a really hard time in forgiving his parents and he way they always talked about money just made Chris feel like money ruled the world; Chris wanted a whole different lifestyle
I believe Callarman’s argument means that he is not very fond in the way McCandless chose to live his life in which he abandons civilization to go “Into The Wild.” Therefore I disagree with his statement in which he says that McCandless had no common sense because even though he was a Little ignorant McCandless learn the importance of nature and other stuff rather than material a lesson which many people never learn even when they say they do in reality they don’t. In the film of “Into The Wild” McCandless is a well rounded individual who doesn’t seem to be unhappy/angry with the way his life is going so when Callarman goes and calls him ignorant I agree but also disagree because in a sense everyone is ignorant when they are angry or stressed. It is often said that McCandless was ignorant. This is true to an extent but that is just because we all have different viewpoints on life and the way it is meant to be lived. McCandless was a little unaware of what he was getting himself into but his journey to his final destination helped with his knowledge.
Bilbo’s long and perilous journey with the dwarves’ taught him that he does not have to live a life that is considered “respectable” by his neighbors. Bilbo could have adventures and make a difference while still being himself. “Bilbo was no longer quite respectable… He was held by the hobbits of the neighborhood to be ‘queer.’ I am sorry to say, he did not mind.”(304) Bilbo expresses that he was not concerned about what the other hobbits thought of him. He was quite content with the life he had lived. The adventure Bilbo had been a part of opened his eyes and showed him that there is more to life than just tea and biscuits.
I’ll catch fish an’ stuff, but I can’t leave her. I can’t” (Pg 208-209). Noah is under the impression that his family is nice to him but they don’t really care for him, not in the familial instinct way they care for Tom. Noah chose to stay because he didn’t believe in his family’s love but he justified his leaving by his inability to leave the water. What is curious is that this does not seem to alarm the family that this is the reason he stays.
Why would it be ok just to leave and be alone and try to find your happiness. When he had his family that loved him and cared for him and was always supporting in his needs. He had no experience just off of books about being alone, finding happiness, and outdoors. That proves my point that he messed up and was dumb and not bold he is the cause of his own
Alex had limited supplies, he stopped all contact with the people who knew of him. He completely monopolized himself, I can understand wanting separation. But I don’t understand sending yourself into a suicide mission, I don’t agree with some of the choices he made. I think he could have gotten the same benefits from his journeys even if he took more precautions and allowed a little
No one took the time to recognize his desires of freedom and solitude, which is why many were shocked when they found him missing. Merriam-Webster defines life as an overall vision of or attitude toward life and the purpose of life. McCandless’ view on life was extraordinary and he only lived the life he thought was suitable; he appreciated the underrated belongings of life itself and longed for a greater good. One may judge his decisions on foolhardy behavior, but McCandless knew what he wanted and went for it without reflection on others’ notions. “it is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God given right to have it” (Krakauer 155) In any case, Chris McCandless was recklessly bold and did what most could not.
McCandless is neither wise nor foolish, for he has both qualities. Chris McCandless was a foolish person but he was wise in other aspects. McCandless was foolish by running away from everything that he loved. McCandless ran away from his college dorm without a trace. When his family came to check on McCandless they had no idea where their son disappeared to.
As they made their way back to the garrison - to home – there wasn 't much chatter. There was a quiet companionship during their homeward journey but Porthos wasn 't able to enjoy it. He thought of how his brothers must be ashamed of him. They took him back with open arms, as he knew they would, but he felt that by taking off the fleur-de-lys they all wore so proudly, he had essentially abandoned them. As he grew up, Porthos told himself he didn 't need to know his father 's identity.