Christopher Mccandless Book Analysis

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The book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer portrays a teenager named Christopher McCandless, who is unsatisfied with the conventional and materialistic lifestyle that society has come to value. McCandless’s unusual adventures and subsequent death led to comments describing his actions as irrational and cowardly. Yet, one must fully understand the principle that McCandless was standing for before evaluating his decisions. Christopher McCandless’s values are exemplified in his letter to Ronald Franz, where he emphasizes the need for an individual to take risks and embrace nature; in doing so, he reveals himself as a brave and adventurous man who refuses to let boredom take over his life. Christopher McCandless insists that a life of uniformity is damaging to the adventurous spirit that is inherent to all people, and shows a strong disapproval towards people who fail to maximize their potential for adventure. McCandless notes that the very basic core of a man’s living spirits is his passion for adventure, and that “nothing is more damaging” to the adventurous spirit of a man than a secure future (57). By insisting that “nothing is more damaging,” McCandless shows frustration towards the secure lifestyles of the vast majority of people around the world. His use of the word “nothing” indicates that McCandless sees men’s pursuit of security, something most people reach for in the modern age, as something that absolutely kills off the spirit for adventure. To stress this point,
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