On Sept 11th the students of the Rubin Pollack Education Center at Sullivan County BOCES had the privilege of meeting author and Sullivan BOCES alumni Edward Coon. Edward Coon is passionate about inspiring others with his words and knowledge. For more than 20 years, he has given help to others and continues to do so in his everyday life. Mr. Coon felt that coming back to where it all started would give him the opportunity to possibly change the lives of students the way his life was changed when he was enrolled at BOCES. The session started with Mr. Coon paying tribute to his mentor as he talked about how things turned around for him.
Despite critics’ attacks on Chris McCandless as a commendable person, Chris McCandless is an admirable figure to look up to as he shows that taking risks can be beneficial. During McCandless’s trip, he meets with a wide variety of people he get well along with. He has a great time during his adventure and gains a lot of experiences even though he is living a simple life where he doesn’t live with a vast amount of wealth. Kayt Sukel of Fox News quotes, “...helping individuals gain the priceless experience they need to make smarter, better decisions. And within these risks are the very kind of opportunities that can, ultimately, make us happier, healthier, and more successful in reaching our long-term goals… ” (Sukel).
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.
Cormac McCarthy, through his two acclaimed novels, All the Pretty Horses and The Crossing, details the physical and spiritual journey of two young characters, John Grady Cole and Billy Parham, who yearn for lives on unblemished lands where they can make their own decisions, but come to realize that life’s experiences can make those decisions for you. John and Billy begin the expedition full of youthful innocence only to confront the everyday harsh realities of the modern world, realities that test their ethics, morals, and have them evaluate God’s role in everyone’s lives. They struggle to make sense and order of a world that is full of violence, betrayal, and loss. John and Billy both personally experience bloodshed (John’s jail term and Boyd’s
Chris McCandless was in his early 20’s, he was the kind of that guy that wanted to learn and experience life without all of the material things. He wanted to be independent from his parents and friends so Chris did something that would be insane for most of us humans but to him, it wasn’t. He went into the wild of Alaska for months, in fact, McCandless even thought he could make it out alive at the end of his journey. As a matter of fact, he was known as being a risk taker and enjoyed being out and about in the nature side of the world. Many would believe that Chris McCandless went into the wild to purposely kill himself; however, I myself believe that McCandless did not do it purposely.
I am in agreement with Krakauer on the fact that Chris McCandless was not a sociopath because he was intelligent, socialized very well, and was able to take care of himself, but he did have his flaws. Being able to be independent, his achievements and his friends all prove the “outcast bush causality” stereotype wrong. Since Chris was a human, he did have his faults. In some cases they were extreme, but they were rooted from an anger that makes it hard to label as “sociopath”. In the end, however, his stubbornness and tendency to dream big left him for dead.
I don’t think any man is brave enough to do what McCandless did, especially the age he had. He had traveled from one side of the United States to the other in four months by himself using resources around and meeting new people. Although this was a very good argument of Shaun Callarman I disagree which his opinion because Chris McCandless was a amazing protagonist in Krakauer's story line. He reached the news and media for doing that adventure he did and recording his moments and days writing it down. He had accomplished his mission, which was leaving the city and society and just be in the wild with
Perspective of Christopher McCandless’s Life Callarman’s argument to Christopher McCandless’s is relatable and understanding, but he does not see the full picture. Christopher McCandless had everything in his life: money, material, family, prestige etc. but the only thing he wanted to fully experience is the outside world, to get out of his comfort zone and see how nature really feels like. I would agree with Callarman’s argument because he was arrogant and unenlightenment, but I also would disagree because he died doing what he loved and a place he wanted to be. Christopher McCandless was a reckless, disregard kid that did what he wanted to do before he died.