Society’s values influence people to construct their personal mores around them, and those who do not are not accepted by society. In our society, those who have well-paying careers are valued above those who do not. So when McCandless decided against following the path society expects him to, his parents were upset. “Chris informed his parents that he had no intention of going to college. When Walt and Billie suggested that he needed a college degree to attain a fulfilling career, Chris answered that careers were demeaning ‘twentieth-century inventions,’ more of a liability than an asset, and that he would do fine without one, thank you” (114).
Mccandless sense of self confidence while trying to find his identity helped him to progress in life, but was also his greatest downfall; Into the Wild demonstrates self confidence as not an unacceptable trait to have, but the significance of the negative or positive effects it can possess. Confidence played a big role in Mccandless life, so much that he created relationships with his family and other people that caused him to go on his adventures. Throughout this book Mccandless expresses his hate towards his parents. When he was old enough to realize that his dad had cheated on his mom this particular aspect changed him.
For Garnet, he’s never really had either form go home. He mainly grew up in foster care, going from house to house constantly. He never really thought of these houses as his home but rather somewhere he lived for a short time. As a child, he only lived with his family for about a quarter of his life, and even that is considered minuscule due to his lack of memory retention at such a young age. Therefore, Garnet doesn’t know what a home can be.
After that, Mr. Sid told Doug to doesn’t let Allan drove that car because he knew there was something wrong with his son and Phil (Doug’s friend) too because he did not like him. Hearing what Mr. Sid said, immediately Allan promised to Mr. Sid that he would bet the only one who drove that car. Doug performed this utterance immediately to Mr. Sid, there was no afraid in Doug face. He also used appropriate word in his promising and his tone clearly. His gesture indicated this was not a big deal, he can handle this.
Krakauer used connotative diction to generate emotion amongst the audience, to help himself and the readers fully understand his motives. In a note Chris wrote in bus 142 that he inhabited during his adventure in the Alaskan wilderness he writes, “no longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees and walks alone upon the land to be lost in the wild” (163). Krakauer convinces the reading audience to believe that Chris despised the materialistic society his parents lived, he had to get out of it to no longer be contaminated and to save himself before personal destruction. The word poisoned is a rather menacing connotation. The fact that Chris feels as if his mentality and physical well being are compromised by continuing to exist in such an acquisitive civilization allows the reader to see his beliefs.
The matter of never knowing how to act in certain situations or how to feel. Harley is not so much accepting his position in the world but feeling wary over the fact that his position was lost due to his childhood and the people surrounded by him. Most of the time he found himself in situations where he was being tricked. This is a result of Harley trusting everyone that he has met due to the lack of communication throughout his life. This is a man full of hope and can benefit you with his presence.
This shows that, although Babbitt choose conformity for his own life, he is not satisfied with the materialistic and conformist lifestyle that has resulted from this decision. According to Conroy, Babbitt looks to his son for hope for an end to discontentment.22 His only hope to escape the complete bondage of conformity is to encourage his son to be an individual and prevent him from falling into the same lifestyle in which
A self-interest decision will lead you to avoid the pedestrians and keep chasing the kidnapper. By doing this, you ensure that you do not lose sight of the abductor and you maintain a chance that your son will be freed. Ultimately, your goal is to save your child no matter what happens. Your son does not have anybody else to rely on but you since you are secluded from the rest of the world without your phone.
Imagine you get into a car accident, and lose your life how do you think your friends will feel. The answer is terrible. Nobody ever wants to lose a friend especially to something as dumb as drinking and driving. Drinking and driving will also have an effect on your family. Imagine you get caught by your parents, and get grounded that will instantly make your parents question their parenting.
Deep within Chris McCandless, there is a driving force, pushing him away from everyday life, and into the wild. This urge is uncontrollable, and has the power to motivate Chris into doing actions larger than ever. This alternative lifestyle in the wilderness is sought by few individuals in the world, and lived by even fewer. Those who are risk takers are not swayed by the possibility of death. In Chris’ case, he thinks it would be more well of dying than to live a life that lacks satisfaction.
Chris McCandless was troubled but he wasn’t crazy. He was so hurt by his family he was seeking happiness away from people that could hurt him by going into the wild. Eventually, before he died, he realizes he was wrong and that he wants to return to society. Christopher Johnson McCandless was hurt by his family, had a troubled childhood, and looking for happiness away from civilization but before he died in peace realizes he wanted to live with other people again.
Chris McCandless was never too thrilled over following and living by the rules his parent's imposed. He was always a rebel, following his parents' rules until he could escape to the wild. When they learned of their son's demise in Alaska, they were devastated at most parents would be. They didn't know that the last time they saw Chris, would be their last because of his intention to leave them. Upon Chris disappearing from their lives, they were angry but thought they would see him again.
Throughout history, great men and women have been willing to die for a cause they believed in. Society often holds these people up as heroes, role models to be celebrated by the following generations. In his novel Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer makes the argument that Chris McCandless deserves to recognized as one of these heroes. Into the Wild tells the story of Chris’s life and ultimately his death in the Alaskan frontier, following him from his disappearance after college graduation to the eventual discovery of his remains two years later. Although Krakauer portrays Chris as a noble young man on an inspirational quest, in reality Chris’s journey reveals an out-of-touch young man who naively followed the ideals of his favorite authors.
To conclude, Krakauer uses three valuable techniques to capture the meaning behind Into the Wild and McCandless’s journey itself: narrative structure, epigraphs, and tone. Chris McCandless was an intelligent young man who sought adventure far from his dull stable life. He essentially went off the grid to capture what he wished for the most, which was ultimate freedom and happiness. It was like a tag on a shirt that keeps bothering the tenderness of one’s skin. It was the reason why the tag was ripped off.