Many viewed McCandless to be egotistical due to the fact that he left his entire life to pursue his personal desires, and he didn’t think about how others would feel after he left, or if he did, he didn’t care. McCandless was also seen as ignorant. He was not only careless with the feelings of others, but also with his well being. He didn’t seem to know what would be awaiting him in the wild because he didn’t bring many supplies or do too much to prepare, which is what set him apart from a typical adventurer. Chris McCandless was an ignorant narcissist, which was made clear through his recklessness.
“The more they talked, the less Alex struck Galien as a nutcase. He was congenial and seemed well educated.” (5). Chris was intelligent, especially for a hitchhiker. Mccandless was a transcendentalist, inside and out, with a damn good head on his
I’ve learned threw out the story many characters are put through this horrible emotion, but more than others. Guilt has an extreme power many people fail to realize; it has the ability to completely change a person and push them towards redemptions, as for the characters Amir, Baba, and Sohrab. One character that showed a significant role of guilt, was a well-respected gentleman named Baba. Baba had to live with the guilt of not only betraying his closest friend, lying to his legitimate son, hiding the truth from son, and committing what he believed what he believed was the only sin. He acted as if the guilt was nonexistent, instead he took it out on Amir by criticizing the way Amir acts.
Douglass was not exempted from this; and perhaps due to his intelligence and young age at the time, he suffered great depression and suicidal thoughts. All this mental suffering originated from learning about exactly what freedom is and that he would never have it since he was a slave for life. Here Douglass reveals in his own words the degree of depression understanding his condition made him suffer: “I often found myself regretting my own existence, and wishing myself dead; and but for the hope of being free, I have no doubt but that I should have killed myself, or done something for which I should have been killed.” (40) By saying that he “regretted my own existence, and wished myself dead”, Douglass reveals to the reader that he would have preferred never to have been born, to having been born in slavery divested of any probable chance at freedom. To Douglass the hope of gaining freedom, no matter how slight, was the only thing keeping him going. That without freedom, without liberty, life was not worth living.
In the novel Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, many people thought that Chris McCandless was crazy for what he had done. Callarman's statement states that “McCandless was bright and ignorant” Long, C. (n.d.). I disagree with this quote. I believe that he did it because he didn't want to be bossed around, nor he didn't want to be his dad's puppet. He wanted to experience many new adventures outside of society.
In my point of McCandless is selfish, reckless, and stupid. Chris McCandless was reckless, selfish and stupid he did not care for what he did. McCandless can be described as a reckless person because before going to Alaska he didn 't tell his parents or anyone anything he did not care about the consequences his actions would cost him he also didn’t think about how later on it may affect his parents.
In life, there are many people who influence others. Some are good influences and some are bad influences. The one person who influenced Christopher's life the most would have to be his father, Ed Boone a character from the novel the curious incident of the dog in the night-time written by Mark Haddon. In the book Ed Boone makes lots of mistakes that are completely understandable given his situation. He is still a fine father whose has unconditional love and commitment for Christopher which allows him to grow in spite of the numerous challenges he faces.
Despite how “The Voice” comes across to some of the faculty, Owen is simply trying to make a difference at the school and give the students a voice: “The Voice was our voice; he championed our causes; he made us proud of ourselves in the atmosphere that belittled and intimidated us,” (290). I believe he cares deeply about his friends and is loyal to them. Even though Owen is smart enough to skip a grade, he volunteers to repeat a grade in order to stay with John: “WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR? I’LL NEVER LEAVE YOU,” (267). Owen is extremely demanding.
His parents were his #1 supporters, supporting him ever since he was born and said he was grateful for them. He's 29, has a lot of wisdom and experience, sometimes outsmarting his parents. He made mistakes, as everybody does, but sometimes he'd learn not to do something without even doing it! He grew up a middle class life having just enough, if not more guidance than needed. He was the perfect
Chris McCandless was a guy who thought it would be a brilliant idea to go out into the wilderness and live out there. He made many mistakes with living in the wilderness for starters he was very ill prepared, Chris did not bring enough food to survive and with that he had to find his own food. When Chris started to leave he decided he's going to get rid of all his money and so he burned some of it and gave the rest of the money to charity. Chris hunted little animals and then he killed a moose he ended up not preserving it correctly and he had to get rid of it because it became old and gross.For a guy to get a book and a movie written about his life and ultimate death, do you think that’s right? Throughout Chris’s journey he made mistakes that cannot be replaced.As Jon Krakauer said in the beginning of Into the Wild Chris McCandless even went as far as to burn his money.
Nick has what many of the other characters lack — personal integrity — and his sense of right and wrong helps to raise him above the norm. He alone is repulsed by the false nature of the socialites. He alone is moved by Gatsby 's death. When everyone else leaves after Gatsby 's death, Nick, can’t believe that none of Gatsby 's associates will even pay their last respects. He steps in to do what is right.
Arnold works hard to make his friends. He sticks up to himself and doesn’t bully others even though he has been many times. Another time Arnold is kind to his friend is when he is talking about Rowdy, “It makes me think of Rowdy. I missed him so much. I wanted to find him, and hug him and beg him to forgive me for leaving(217).” He and Rowdy have been friends for a long time and that is because Arnold appreciates him.
[…] when I learned what happened, I renounced the Lord. […] I decided I couldn’t believe in a God who would let something that terrible happen to a boy like Alex’ ” (Krakauer 60). After that moment Franz turned to alcohol to forget the pain. The impact that Chris left on Ronald was enormous. McCandless was far a unique person whom everyone that knew him learn to respect him and adore.
In The things They Carried, by Tim O’brien in that field there are two people that take responsibility for Kiowa’s death, whether it be directly or indirectly, they truly had not no control of what would happen that night. Jimmy Cross blames him self for the death of Kiowa because he chose the position and listened to the orders from the top. He could have lied and change their location to protect his men but he did not. The other solider who took responsibility was the young boy that was never named. The boy had been distracted and had a lapse in his judgment.
Choices can be bad, to worse. It is never as black and white as it may seem when it comes to choices, and for that, one cannot wish anything sour to those who chose a path that felt best in a situation. John died a hero for trying to save those falsely accused, and trying to prove that the girls were lying, though that has never been proven and is merely a theory. With that, John also died a selfish man for leaving behind his wife and children for nothing but a name. One can conclude that John can easily be assumed as a selfish hero, like many people in stories and people currently walking the earth.