I agree with Callarman’s position of thinking “ he had no common sense” and that he was “bright and Ignorant” because Chris thinks he did not have much to offer in his society, ditched all his possessions to take a trip into the Alaskan Wilderness and did not have much common sense or survival skills. Chris McCandless was very courageous for ditching all his possessions to take a trip in the wilderness. “Really, I think he was just plain crazy,” I do agree with Callarman because I think Chris was a little crazy for doing these actions. He was a very courageous for doing this because not many people would take a random trip to the wilderness because people would rather be in
Chris’ determination, self will, pursuit of happiness and the urge to break free are all explored. He did everything he could, so people wouldn’t be able to find him. Changing his name to Alex Supertramp, eliminating everything he had, and only taking things that he needs. Jon Krakauer's “Into the Wild” is an excellent book about how McCandless traveled to Alaska, and how he conquered his dreams. Krakauer also put some of McCandless’ journals and letters in the book.
There were various things McCandless could have done that would’ve changed his fate significantly. McCandless was bright and ignorant at the same time, I believe he had no business going into Alaska. Even though I don’t think McCandless was so smart, I admire his courage, a lot of people feel like they are missing something, and they do nothing about it and eventually fall into depression. McCandless, on the other hand, went out to look for what he thought he was missing, his plans didn’t go so well, but he at least tried to do something about it. McCandless’ legacy lives today, some people look up to him, many
McCandless planned to survive in Alaska by living off the land while Krakauer wanted to be the first one to climb the Devil’s Thumb. What happened instead was that McCandless died at an early age, whilst Krakauer barely made it to tell the tale; proving nothing of value came from their journeys. While life on the road can offer solace to individuals who have struggled in their lives, it is unfathomable to think that the wilderness will offer them any embrace to their ambitions; therefore it should not be pursued as it leads to family issues and ignorant behavior. Life on the road can provide one with a sense of independence from the confines of society. For example, Chris McCandless decided to escape the societal
He did not have the right equipment nor did he know a lot about surviving in such conditions. Jim Gallien, the last person to to Chris McCandless, described the terrain saying “The rivers are big and fast. The mosquitos will eat you alive….Livin’ in the bush ain’t no picnic (Gallien 4)”. As Gallien was on his way to drop McCandless off, he couldn’t help to realize that Chris was well unprepared for this journey and labeled McCandless as “People from the Outside”. Gallien describes the group of “People from Outside” (4), as individuals who see Alaska on a magazine and decide to go there to solve their current problems in life, only to underestimate the terrain and to find out that “it isn’t like the magazines make it out to be”(4) .
Jack London had been an American novelist and is known for works such as The Call of the Wild, which McCandless greatly admired. Chris McCandless had greatly admired Jack London, going as far as carving “Jack London is King” at what came to be the site of his death. The Jack London quote used in the epigraph describes a scene in the forest but uses bitter imagery- yet somehow still romanticises it. “Alex” was unable to ever see past the facade London had built- given that London had hardly ever spent time in the wild himself and most definitely nowhere near as intense as Alaska. This chapter had described how he had been found and this quote leads back to that because though Chris was intelligent, he did not understand that London had to make nature sound beautiful.
Are the berries he finds poisonous? Slowly, Brian learns to turn adversity to his advantage--an invading porcupine unexpectedly shows him how to make fire, a devastating tornado shows him how to retrieve supplies from the submerged airplane”(Paulsen). Unlike the man in To Build A Fire this boy was nowhere prepared to take on the journey of living in the woods alone, he had no background knowledge and everything he had to do was off of gut feeling, he was never sure. However, the boy was resourceful just like the man and was able to find ways to further prolong his living. The man in the short story made sure the dog went first so he would know when the ice was too thin, the boy in this story had things help him along the way like the tornado and porcupine.
In the story “To Build a Fire” the protagonist fails to recognize nature strength, almost in a disrespectful manner while traveling in the harsh Yukon environment. The down fall for him not listening and underestimating nature itself led him to his death. In this story you could find irony because he was also warned by a wise old man not travel alone in extreme conditions. The protagonist failed to listen to the old man that was his first mistake. The protagonist got lucky a couple times among his journey and came across many trial and errors, but the character’s luck started to run out.
This has turned into a myth in which many believe that the most important parts of nature are areas that have been untouched by human hands. This is why I consider McCandless was driven to the last frontier of Alaska and many of us sense that we must voyage to Yellow Stone or the Grand Canyon to have a true nature experience. Approaching his death, Chris realizes that he truly cannot live without society and people. This exhibits the boundaries of the frontier ideology and rather than establishing a connection between nature and humanity it makes it impossible to have one. In showing us this extrication, we can see the problems that the frontier ideology creates and generates constraints to the environment we protect and
Eli also knew that Carnegie was the wrong person for the Bible. The voices in his head that first told him to go on his long journey did not specifically tell him where and who to bring the Bible to, so he followed his gut instinct and his faith. Carnegie ended up dying a slow death was an infection in his flesh wound with “his people” attacking him in the end. This is the opposite of how Eli died, which was after he peacefully stated every word from the Bible and was properly
He talks about Rossellini, Waterman, Mccunn, and Ruess. My favorite story was McCunn’s. I didn’t see much in common between the two of them but it shows the true danger of the arctic conditions, and what happens when you don’t respect it. Just like McCandles. McCunn was careless he didn’t remember to get a way out of the arctic for winter time, he died painfully.
To do so he wanted to go to Alaska before that he had to travel, work, and camp out a lot, so it was tough but he was up for the battle. When he made it to Alaska he was doing good and was finding happiness until things started getting rough. He started losing a lot of weight because of the animals were not coming out as often. When he turned to plants and started eating it, he did not realize he was killing himself. Right before he died, he said “happiness is better When shared” McCandless.
We all have the thirst for adventure, no matter how dangerous the journey may be. The novel, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, tells us the story about a young man named Chris McCandless who had that thirst. Chris decided to take a trip to Alaska and live in the wild. Before McCandless left, he only packed a few things, causing him to be unprepared for this long treacherous adventure. Along the way he has met many people that were willing to help him get to his destination.
Chris McCandless resents the world of materialism from which he was born into and in an effort to separate himself from this life he walks away from it. He wasn’t involved much with society and had problems with his family which made him to start his journey to Alaska. In most other cases people stay and deal with their problems. McCandless on the other hand ran away in the most dangerous of possible ways, by totally abandoning his sheltered existence into one that had no safety nets. "Two years he walks the earth.