Chris Mcandless Into The Wild Essay

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In the words of John Krakauer “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.” If asked to describe Chris Mcandless in Into The Wild one could say that he is simply foolish. Chris could have lived a longer life if he would have stayed in the comfort of his own hometown. Chris’ common sense was obliterated by his time in the wilderness. Not only did he throw common sense to the wind, he also went into the wild leaving behind many people who loved and cared deeply about him. Chris Mcandless was a heedless fool. If he stayed in his hometown, Chris would have had so many more opportunities. He was going to a good college, and he had financial stability when he was back at home. The only real thing that could have been an issue is the fact that his parents were very materialistic and money obsessed. Chris left because he did not find meaning in his life, so to find that meaning he went and became a nomadic …show more content…

When entering the wilderness, Chris was unprepared both materially, and ultimately mentally. The test of Chris’ common sense skills is also apparent as he embarks on his journey. Chris arrived in the wilderness without proper supplies, including shoes, which he got in the form of work boots from Jim Gallien. “before Alex left the pickup, Gallien reached behind the seat, pulled out an old pair of rubber work boots, and persuaded the boy to take them” (Krakauer 7). Chris’ hunting skills were long forgotten by the time they were needed. He was able to shoot a moose, but could not properly preserve it and as a result vermin got to it and it became

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