Chris Mccandless: A Hero, Fool Or Heroic Fool?

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A hero, fool, or heroic fool?

Many people admire Chris McCandless for wanting to find his happiness and consider him as a hero, and some consider McCandless a fool for his lack preparedness and unjustified choices. So which is he then? Chris dropped everything in his life to go chase a dream in the Alaskan Wild. He lived in an upper middle class family with everyday luxuries, but he never had the best relationship with his father. Chris' father had secretly created and had another whole family with another woman he had cheated on his mother with. Chris wanted nothing to do with his family after finding that out.

So what makes Chris a Hero? McCandless is a visionary. McCandless has an inner call that visualizes himself doing something bigger and much higher than himself. McCandless is willing to undergo a complete life change going from one end of the spectrum to the complete opposite side just because he has this vision. That alone is considered incredibly heroic. He's chasing his vision, his dream, and he's willing to risk it all to reach it. Chris McCandless chose the road
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Chris McCandless moved out of his comfort zone into a place he's completely unfamiliar with and filled with many challenges to be faced. A great quote from the books said: "The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun" (57). Many people can relate to this, because they too have dreams they are afraid to pursue. Nowadays people are fine with living regular everday comfortable lives instead of risking their comfort because they're afraid to pursue their dreams just because it might be too hard or difficult for them to achieve. So many people admire Chris because he wasn't like that. He was different than other, he left his comfort zone to pursue what he
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