Chris burned his money and left his car abandoned which was his initial plan but thing played out that way. He decided that to fulfill his journey he could not own a car or that would be considered cheating, according to his own policy. He states “The core of mans' spirit comes from new experiences.”(krakauer 58) Chris wants to experience new things and wants to become his own self fulfilled prophecy. he wants to be the designated driver of his own life and be the only one responsible for his own mistakes. Chris sees that he can not live in a world that has so much violence hate and despise.
He desired to live off the land and travel across North America. One explorer who is similar to chris is Reinhold Messner. Explorers are motivated to leave their life behind and go on an adventure because of them being the center of their own existence, their mistakes turning into misery and them rejecting the established norms in society. McCandless had exceptional reasons for leaving home and taking on the life of a homeless person living in the wild. McCandless wanted to experience this type of individuality and to experience the life that Henry David
Some would say “Life on the road is suited for everyone”, others such as for myself, would disagree. Life on the road is not suited for everyone, because not everyone can throw away their normal life and go on the road or the wilderness and survive like Chris McCandless. Some would think, Chris McCandless, was on a suicide mission but he was only following his dreams and he actually did, unlike many people. Chris McCandless inspired so many people to move out, leave their old lives, and have a fresh start at their life. Chris McCandless was a independent person and he was trying to get away from civilization because he felt like he never fit into it.
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.
From the events in his childhood to the conflict with his father, we can see that Chris McCandless, a young man still discovering himself, became disillusioned with the structure of society and desired nothing more than to “no longer be poisoned by civilization” (163). Although McCandless had an adventurous, independent nature, it was his darker past, the conflict with his family, that influenced him to seek refuge in the wild.
McCandless made a choice to go into the wild and leave everything behind to go his own way to find himself. Chris McCandless took an adventure into Alaska and walked miles through nature knowing he is risking his life in the middle of nowhere. Chris truly wanted to live in Alaska nature and explore the wilderness. Christ risked his life willingly going into the wild. Chris knowingly went into the wild unprepared and not even close to having everything he needed to go into the wild.
One of the many rebellious acts of McCandless is when he went against the standard government. McCandless refused to buy a hunting license because “How [he fed himself was] none of the government's business, fuck their stupid rules”(pg6). McCandless shows a teenager trait because he did not respect the government, which makes him sounds invincible and care free. During his time in the wild he was looking for himself and he felt that isolation was the best way possible to find happiness. In the passage Expert from Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson says ”In the woods, we return to reason and faith.
Nature is shown in this manner, because it causes one to be completely isolated as they will be able to find their ultimate freedom with themselves. One can find their true identity and realize that materials do not make them the person they are, it is the experiences they encounter. McCandless’s journey into the wilderness shows that he was ready to change the way he was living and his surroundings. Changing his lifestyle, and going by another name, shows that he was rejecting the values forced upon him by his parents’, and that he wants to start creating values for himself. Nature played a huge part in allowing McCandless to reach his ultimate freedom by serving as a character itself.
Going into the wild and abandoning all that you know and love is such a hard task to do. Chris McCandless is a brave soul for going on that journey to find himself and discover who he truly is. Living in complete solitude with nature was his solution to his personal issues at home and inside his head. He longed for complete happiness and believed he could discover it on his journey to Alaska. Anthony Storr, a noted psychiatrist explains, "creative attitude and the ability to have peak experiences depends upon being free of other people...", and I agree with this idea.
There were only short periods in time where McCandless was truly on his own. His journey into Alaska would prove the longest period in time where he was on his own, but that would prove fatal to him. McCandless thought he wanted to escape society, even those whom he came to call “friend”. In the end, it was them who could have saved him from his doom and it is apparent when McCandless sees his entire life flash before he finally succumbs to death. McCandless most likely never sought out to be alone forever, but rather to find the answer to his questions along his journey.
Christopher mccandless stands out of because he has an “ I can do it on my own attitude.” christopher mccandless can be described as a thrill seeking,courageous, and a risk taker. Christopher mccandless can be described as thrill seeking for many reasons. For example he had abandoned his life, money, and family so he could start over with a new life. On page 22-23, its states that he was “ driving west out of atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself.” Him wanting to go out in the wild
They dreamed of a different place, away from society in Alaska, that ultimately killed them. The lives of Gene Rosellini and John Waterman were practically the same person as Chris McCandless. Their heart, love, and dreams led them to their deaths. None of them wanted to die, they all had plans; Gene, wanting to get back into the mainland and visit family, John, stating previous so his last attempt “Take me home… I don’t want to die.” 79, and Chris, who was planning to go back to his days as a Leather
Tragically, despite at the end of their journeys Timothy and Chris started to realize their mistakes, it was too late for them to turn back. Two days before his estimated death, Chris wrote in his journal a controversial line: “Happiness only real when shared”(Chapter 18, Krakauer). He took the journey to escape from people and his past. Whole his life he chose to be a loner, avoiding intimate attachments and disregarding other people’s feelings. This entry is an evidence that he re-evaluated himself and was ready to go back to the human community and face his fears that he was trying to hide from in the wilderness.
It made me sick. I was just disgusted” (240). As Perry commits the immoral acts, he recognizes his actions are wrong. Although Perry continues the horrendous deed, he feels abomination towards himself and the crime he commits. Because Perry feels repugnance for his actions, his morality reveals itself and shows his true character.