Most people, if they saw an unmarked door tucked away in an ominous and unfamiliar alley, would not bother giving it a second glance, speeding up their pace. Chris McCandless, on the other hand, would slip through the unmarked door, too curious to pass by such an unmarked territory. Chris McCandless walks to the beat of his own drum, ventures onto the unbeaten path, and dives head first into the depths of the unknown. He spends his entire life chasing the frontier. Jon Krakauer, in his novel Into the Wild, uses Chris McCandless to challenge America to return to the frontier, and all it has to offer. Society today thrusts us toward cookie cutter, secure, and stationary lives, and Chris McCandless spends every waking moment breaking his way …show more content…
In Into the Wild, Chris McCandless serves as an example of what rediscovering the frontier can give us as he undertakes both a symbolic and physical frontier. He is proof of the adventurous spirit buried deep within every American, that draws them into the frontier, and into the wild. Taking the first step into the unknown is the most taxing step of the journey, which is why Jon Krakauer frequently returns to the end of Chris’s college experience, which is when he begins the first steps toward the frontier. Chris sees hope in an endlessly changing life. He sees adventure and new experiences where others might see danger and peril. The excitement Chris feels for the beginning of his journey is similar to what to anyone would when sparking hope, and Krakauer provides his insight on Chris’s hopes when he writes, “The trip was to be an odyssey in the …show more content…
“He intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience. To symbolize the complete severance from his previous life, he even adopted a new name… he is now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny”, says Krakauer, calling attention not just to Chris’s new name, but also the start of his new beginning, as he steps foot into the frontier (23). Krakauer stresses the tattered relationship between Chris and his family throughout his novel, which describes why the frontier seems so appealing to Chris. In a world that gives few second chances and forgets little, a new beginning can seem completely and utterly unobtainable. However, Chris chopps off the connections to his past, including his family, friends, and lifestyle, to achieve a new beginning. The encumbering truth about his family follows Chris around his entire youth, as he is stuck living with those who disappoint him. Yet he stays, because that is what family does. Alexander Supertramp, in the eyes of Krakauer, is able to venture into the frontier because he has no family or friends depending on him and creating expectations for him. Krakauer admires Chris’s ability to achieve a clean break from his family, because most humans look for approval in human
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Jon Krakauer makes various claims about how Chris McCandless is a very noble person. Krakauer’s bias is throughout the book Into the Wild. The book is about Chris McCandless and his adventures across America. The book is his life story covering how he died and how he came to the point of his death. Krakauer uses his bias and various claims to show what type of person Chris really was and to show some of how Chris thought about the world and government.
Some would argue that Chris McCandless was a reckless young man who made irrational decisions in life, however Jon Krakauer justifies his craziness by showing how Chris made an effort to be self reliant through his journey. By relying on his own powers and abilities to survive, Chris wanted to be independent and live completely on his own rather than being dependent on his family or the people he met along the way. Krakauer added a part of Chris’s journal in the book to support his way of thinking, “‘Mr. Franz I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don’t want one’” (Krakauer).
Chris McCandless was a traveler and nature enthusiast. He wanted to get away from life in society and be with himself for a little. In Into the WIld, Jon Krakauer characterizes Christopher McCandless as Brave and Unprepared. Chris was a brave man. He went into the toughest wild by himself.
Going out into the wild all by yourself can be nerve wracking and lonely. Jon Krakauer makes Chris McCandless seemed like a noble person who took the initiative to try to go out and live into the wild. The book Into the Wild written by Jon Krakauer, is about a teenager named Chris McCandless leaving society and traveling to Alaska by himself with nothing else but a bag of rice and a small .22 caliber gun. Chris is heroic because he went to Alaska by himself without any knowledge of Alaska and didn’t know any of the dangers of Alaska. One way Krakauer make Chris seem noble is when Chris is about to enter Alaska he tells Gallien “ I’m goin’ to get on up there live off the land,go claim me a piece of the good life” (Krakauer 4).
The innermost fragments of the soul are what makeup that we are, and many of us do not find out how to achieve every part within us for a long time. In Krakauer’s Into the Wild, he assembles a novel about Chris McCandless' life in an extraordinary way, outlining his various adventures throughout his short existence. Chris was a stubborn young man eager and bent on reaching spiritual haven in the Alaskan wilderness. His determination to fulfill his idealistic his idealistic dreams fueled his efforts elude conformist society. However, Chris would come to realize Alaska is a harsh, cold, and unforgiving landscape that misleads many dauntless individuals, like him.
Into the Life of Chris McCandless Chris McCandless, a unique man, embarked on the journey of a lifetime. During his adventure, he broke away from the constraints of society and he learned what is important in life. I admire what Chris was trying to accomplish by heading “into the wild”, and I can see parts of my beliefs in his. My experiences are different from McCandless’ experiences in as many ways as they are similar.
Chris McCandless didn’t have it easy growing up in his household. His parents would always fight which he didn’t want to be in that house and around that environment. McCandless one day had enough of he drama and set out on a journey. His journey would impact his life, as he was out of society and in the wild. His journey would lead to his death, but seemed like he achieved by living in the wild other than in society.
Kevin Sun Mrs. Cohen English 2CP --D February 22, 2018 Another Perspective The film Into the Wild is based on the life of Chris McCandless, a young man who rejected the consumerist society of America in order to live a more simple life. Through his travels, Chris carried essays by Transcendentalist philosophers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, suggesting that McCandless is impacted by Transcendentalist ideals. Two key tenets of Transcendentalism that clearly influenced McCandless’ choices are the value of simplicity and the importance of self-reliance.
Into the Wild tells the story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on an adventure across the U.S. Chris lived for adventure, and sadly met his demise in the Alaskan wilderness. Chris’ death brought about a large debate as to whether Chris was insane or simply idealistic. Krakauer wrote Into the Wild to prove Chris’ sanity and soundly completes that task by using rhetorical devices to persuade his audience. Throughout the book, Krakauer uses ethos to develop Chris’ credibility by providing examples of people who are similar to him. For example, Krakauer provides multiple examples of people who were very similar to Chris, such as Everett Ruess.
His persistence carries him through his journey into the wild, but also gives him trouble in later life when he gets a job at McDonald’s but leaves because they want him to wear socks while working (Krakauer 39-41). However, although McCandless has a few good morals, he lacks the belief of valuing family. This is evident when he states that, “I’m going to completely knock [my parents] out of my life… and never speak to either of those idiots again as long as I live” (Krakauer 64). McCandless’s beliefs give him a platform for his identity as a stubborn person that is hungry for something challenging, but also provides him with hardships and trouble along the
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ―Maya Angelou. Jon Krakauer’s true story titled Into the Wild is about a man who decides to throw away his old life and escape the rules of conventional society. Twenty-two-year-old Chris McCandless came from a well-to-do family in Virginia and, without warning, abandons everything. He changes his name, loses contact with his family, gives away his car and all his money, and begins a two-year long journey hitchhiking to Alaska where he eventually dies of starvation.
Krakauer completes gaps in Chris’ story; but loses objectivity as he intertwines Chris’ experiences and emotions with his own. Though Krakauer’s details about Chris provide insight, his emotional involvement in Chris’ life becomes an
As each chapter come’s there is an account from Chris’ diary to accompany it. Along with this is some type of quote/ inspirational passage which lets us in on what is to come in the chapter ahead. Krakauer is able to maintain this structure throughout the whole book and through this we are able to pick apart the journey of Chris McCandless to construct our own opinions about his mysterious persona. The structure Krakauer creates for us in Into the Wild is significant to our understanding of Chris and his journey as it sheds insight onto his life from many different
Into The Wild portrays a man who went on a fatal unforgettable journey through the alaska wilderness. Chris McCandless was a man with great courage and the ability to live on his own made him more of a hero going on his fatal journey. Many would say he was foolish or not thinking right, but that is not the case. The case here is simply a man with courage wanting to fulfill is beliefs through his journey. One may ask what is courage.