Chris Mccandless Code Hero Analysis

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Nathanial Mendes
Lit. of Survival – T.A.
All code heroes have a strong perception of death. Death saturates their every action, or response because death is a finality. Therefore, a man must live now because there is no pleasantness after death, do your great act continuously, it is your only sense of gratification. Consequently, all heroes inherently are part of a scheme of simple gratification, devoting themselves to the physical torments in life. A hero should never fear only recognize death as it becomes an obligation to evade it at all costs. Life itself must continue for others to recognize their beliefs since death means nothing. Should a code hero should be placed before death, they again should prove their steadfast nature
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While he generates a Jesus-like following for those he influenced on his adventure, he lacks the mental fortitude of facing the actuality of death. McCandless begins his adventure with determination that even: “if this adventure proves fatal and you don’t ever hear from me again… now [I] walk into the wild.” (Krakauer, 1). His acknowledgment of the risk in the wilderness and lack of fear highlights him as a code hero. He does not want to die, but he knows embarking on this dangerous adventure his chances are slim. McCandless’ adventure turns fatal averse to the code hero–as is understood from his notes. His journal and note elude that he was “too weak” and “am all alone, this is no joke”, he needed help, or he may die (Krakauer, 20). While we do not know the full range of fear McCandless was experiencing we can presume that he was afraid of death although content with it at the end of his life. The movie Into the Wild by Warner Herzog is not recognized with as much validity as Krakauer’s book and therefore is not an accurate representation of McCandless’s death. Krakauer illustrated similar feelings, “It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve… it is your God-given right to have it… Chris McCandless… acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic. In the end, of course, it changed almost nothing.” (Krakauer, 123). He recognized McCandless as misguided by his…show more content…
For 84 days Santiago has gone without catching a fish, the only gratification he lives for. He is dedicated to his craft, unlike the youth who are motivated by money. Santiago does not give in to his misfortune: he “… was going far out, and he left the smell of the land behind” going to extreme measures in light he may catch a fish (Hemmingway, 6). He desperately wants to catch a fish not only to survive, but to prove again his skill, resourcefulness, and the while old he still was an exceptional fisherman. For Santiago, he believes that to live with great passion (although he lacks this at times) and companionship is the true way to live. He believes this even while he struggles on the ocean to enduring his battle for survival. Despite Santiago’s lifetime hardships–whereas McCandless and Treadwell only faired partially in their lives–that he has struggled with, he is an expert of the fisherman’s craft. His “eyes… were cheerful and undefeated.”, Santiago relies on his cool, collected nature to get him through the hardships of facing the Marlin and the sea (Hemmingway, 1). Ultimately, Santiago represents the struggle to survive. Just as Santiago feels as a brother to the Marlin he brings it back to land, doomed, no man or animal can ever escape death, but Santiago evaded it once
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