The conclusion of craziness that Callarman suggests does not withstand the concrete evidence from scientific studies and analyzation of journal entries and testimonial accounts of Chris McCandless’s end stages of life. Although Shaun Callarman is correct that Chris made many mistakes based on ignorance and not enough education, that does not make guarantee craziness. The young man, Chris McCandless, was able to not only prepare for and record the journey of a lifetime but was also able to succeed in fulfilling the childhood dream of enduring the Alaskan
This makes his story more heartbreaking in my opinion. Because he was carrying numerous forms of ID on him, he unmistakably wasn’t planning on deserting society forever; he wanted to return hopefully someday. Perhaps he would have written a book about his whereabouts or what he grasped about the significance of life while absorbed in the wild. Maybe he would have justified why he never contacted his parents. Although Chris inspired many people from his Alaskan expedition, he could have inspired so many more if he had survived.
Takeyce Taylor Winter in Alaska is known to be extremely cold, so it is always warned that people should not travel by themselves especially when the temperature hits fifty degrees below zero. Even though an old timer from Sulpher Creek warned him, that he should not travel the Klondike alone, a man set off on a journey with his husky wolf dog to meet up with some friends. When he started the journey he was excited, and as a newcomer in the Yukon, the cold did not faze him at all. As he got further into the journey he realize that he was not protected enough to withstand the cold, but the anxiety he had within, he didn’t pay much attention to it. Not knowing how dangerous of a situation he was putting himself into, along with his dog, he was just focused on meeting up with his friends.
Christopher McCandless, a 29-year-old dreamer, went on the journey of a lifetime to involve himself with nature and being truly independent. He had lived a life of privilege, made amazing grades in school, and even went to school at Emory College, getting degrees in both history and anthropology. Even though he seemed to have everything good going for him, it’s not the life he wanted. McCandless decides after law school to go deep into the “wild”, with no map, no resources. All he kept was a small journal and camera in which he captured and recorded all of his experiences in, allowing people for the rest of time to read and learn about his journey in his book titled Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer.
I Don’t Want to Be a Logger Living in Cascade, Idaho, I am familiar with going out and getting wood to keep us from freezing to death. Last year when we went to get wood, it was in the winter. I refused to go and work in the snow so I just pretended to be sleeping. The trick didn’t always work, but most of the time it did. My uncle is a logger, so he tells me crazy stories, like almost falling off a cliff, dragging heavy chains up big hills, giant boulders, and lots of medical bills.
“Into the Wild,” contains the story of Christopher Johnson McCandless, an adventurous young man who perished in the Alaskan brush. His story has captured the imaginations of people across the world, perhaps none more so than that of his biographer, Jon Krakauer. Krakauer sees McCandless as an adventurous, possibly brilliant young man who left civilization in search of the greater meaning of life. In the author 's note Krakauer makes it clear that he won 't be an “impartial biographer,” the story is too personal. The similarities between Krakauer and McCandless are difficult to ignore.
In contrast to what some individuals may believe, Chris McCandless was not a lonely hermit who lived his life alone wanting no correlation with humans. Infact Chris had several friends at home in Virginia and met a number of people whom he became very close to on his expedition. In order for the audience to truly understand not only Chris’s actions but his mind, Krakauer uses several credible sources who knew or met Chris on his journey so that we can catch glimpse as to what made Chris tick. One person who is not crucial to the story however shares great insight the reasons behind Chris’s departure is Eric Hathaway. Eric was an old highschool friend of Chris’s, he remarks about something Chris said during cross-country.
Secondly, most citizens would not hike across the country without having a main goal out of what they want planned. McCandless hiked steadily and excitedly all the way from South Dakota to Fairbanks, Alaska to be on his own. With a very small amount of food or clothes he stumbled upon an abandoned bus to live in to be away from people this continued to be McCandless’s paradise. Without the help of technology he used to sun for the time of day and hunting for his food instead of a grocery store. However being on his own McCandless decided to do his own way of society by starting with a Declaration of Independence for only his self but the main part declares, “No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild” (KraKauer 163).
The American preservationist movement is arguably the oldest and longest running movement in America. Although wilderness was the bane to the existence of early settlers, it quickly became an important cornerstone of American culture, even as its vast expanses began to dwindle and become unreachable to every day Americans. American was carved by hand by hard working frontiersmen out of rough cut untouched forest making wilderness the foundation of American culture. Though historically, the only natural things man had a tolerance for were those that served his needs, good lumber, tame animals with meat milk or wool, and soil easy to plow. But through a drastic shift in public view in around the turn of the 19th century, suddenly America broke thousands of years of western cultural precedent when it declared that untouched wilderness deserved to be preserved and protected.
No amount of “man” that he is can force the river to calm down and let him pass. As Bronowski’s man, McCandless is unsuccessful. One month later, he is dead. But compared to many of the area’s residents, McCandless is relatively close to success. He has reason to believe he could survive because of his previous adventures in California and Mexico, eventually exploring most of the Western continental United States.
McCandless shows that the expedition was self-discovery, to take a risk to improve his own life. Throughout his journey, McCandless lies in harsh environments as well as having several ways and chances to get home, but he does not take them. Many would try to say that risky lifestyles are dangerous and best to take the easiest approach especially since Chris dies in Alaska in his journey. Proving that risk can take your life or loved ones, but that is why it is important to do risky choices in life since it pays back in the long run. The last thing Chris wrote was, “I have had a happy life and thank the Lord.
Chris McCandless was a very determined individual, he set out to invent a new life for himself and there was no stopping him. Chris finished his four years of college and he could’ve continued to further his education and go to law school but instead he set his mind on going to Alaska and live off the land. Getting to Alaska involves great determination because along the way to getting there Chris could’ve changed his mind and returned home but he was determined to get there one way or another. People often confuse stubbornness with being determined , for example, as cited in Into the Wild, “Once Alex made up his mind about something, there was no changing it” (Krakauer 67). He made up his mind to travel across the U.S to get to Alaska and
Christopher McCandless , son of wealthy parents name Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. Chris McCandless is smart from coming from a intelligent home but show is ignorance by leaving and doing what he want to do. Like when he started from El Segundo , CA and wanted to travel to Alaska without money and even his own social security card which was a wild bet for him to make. But for Shaun analysis about how Chris is arrogance and plain crazy i disagree. Because if he want to go struggle and see how it feels to go into the wild i say let him.
When an authoritarian parent takes control, it often times leads to a dysfunctional family, where conflicts arise and children gain the urge to rebel for various reasons. In Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer describes Chris McCandless as an intelligent 24-year-old graduate student who loved exploring the outdoors. One day Chris decided to hitchhike to Alaska, hoping to find a new life for himself. However, after years of experiencing a traumatic childhood, we find out that the main reason Chris hitchhiked to Alaska was to sever ties with his parents because of his father’s secret affair. Understanding the dynamics of family can help us understand how different parenting styles can affect how a child grows