Santiago knew he wanted to follow his dreams; it was helpful when he learned that “When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it” because he knew he was now destined to complete his goal, and not somebody else’s (Coelho 64). Because of the alchemist telling him this, he knows his Personal Legend and continues to work for it. Out of the many challenges people face in life, some still just give up instead of persevering. The Alchemist, however, shows that people should never give up, but instead fight through bad situations to complete their goals. Others may think we are just suffering when we persevere, but “no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity” (Coelho 134).
He also lived his life freely because he comes and goes however he pleases and makes a path for himself in his life. This story has elements of life and consciousness because it tells that living is so much more than being alive. In this story it states, “I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and stuck out all the marrow of life…” Thoreau tells us the way he wants to live and that he doesn’t want to die yet without actually living his life the way he wanted
As the first part of Foster’s theory, you the questor must overcome these problems and continue to be happy and let the excitement of adventure rule out these scary things and not let them phase you. The questor’s ultimate goal is to reach Ithaka. Ithaka is that prize you win and it is the greatest gift of all. You begin your journey and no matter what you come across you must keep Ithaka in your head and let yourself get there after taking time you will find you will gain so much more than you’d ever expect. “Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Being alone on his majestic journey, and exploring the beauty of the world, McCandless sought out pleasure with the various environments that he adored and was able to find a sense of purpose within himself. Even though Chris faced various obstacles while trying to reach his ultimate freedom, such as finding food and shelter, he managed to overcome these hindrances. His personal growth with the world and himself is strengthened, and he was pleased with the life he chose to take on. Into the Wild is a film that eludes that people need to change the way they view the world. Natural surroundings caused one to search for their sanctuary, which eventually leads them to a satisfied
McCandless’s self-reliance is a big part of identifying him as transcendentalist. In the short story, “Death of an Innocent”, Chris says, “I've decided that I'm going to live this life for some time to come. The freedom and simple beauty of it is just too good to pass up.” McCandless feels that life should not be wasted doing what you do not love, and shows this by traveling and living off the land every chance he gets. Transcendentalists take in all of what nature has to give them by becoming one with it; like McCandless does throughout the story. By relying on himself instead of others, Chris managed to embody one of the most important pillars of transcendentalism; to only focus on what he needs, not on what society tells him is
Going into the wild and abandoning all that you know and love is such a hard task to do. Chris McCandless is a brave soul for going on that journey to find himself and discover who he truly is. Living in complete solitude with nature was his solution to his personal issues at home and inside his head. He longed for complete happiness and believed he could discover it on his journey to Alaska. Anthony Storr, a noted psychiatrist explains, "creative attitude and the ability to have peak experiences depends upon being free of other people...", and I agree with this idea.
To prove this, Dr. Seuss states, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose (Seuss, 1998).” This quote is important because it depicts the idea of a person choosing their own future and doing everything in their power to live up to their own potential. Dr. Seuss seems to place hidden meanings within his stories to empower people of all ages to live their best life whether that means helping to save the environment, being a good friend, or being confident in one’s own ability. “Oh the Places You’ll Go” speaks about the challenges one will face throughout their life and the life changing decisions they must make on their journey.
Both Bill Bryson and Bilbo's journey to the wilderness show that going on such an adventure is a lot to prepare for and you can learn a lot about yourself through such an adventure. When you venture into the unknown, you learn how to surpass all the dangers by gaining commitment, courage, and perseverance throughout your journey. After attempting an adventure like Bilbo's or Bryson's, you feel brave, almost fearless. Knowing the fact that you can put all your fears aside to take part in a journey helps you realize your true personality and your willingness to persevere no matter the dangers you come
He also writes about how he feels welcomed in nature, more so than he does in a village or society, favoring the natural land over the land humans created. He urged adults to see the world through the way a child would adore it, in a purer loving way. This goes against many Americans’ viewpoints on life, then and even now. He also mentions that he believes nature is a kind force to everyone, and is never cruel. On the other hand, Chris McCandless’s life is documented by the book Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer.
Physical traits such as height, age, clothes, and race greatly influence how characters view one another. Consequently, the use of animal symbolism can illustrate the predatory nature that exists in humans. Nothing can change the fact that humans will always desire to have power in their life and will sacrifice anything to get it. Power is a sense of freedom from society because it allows them to be accepted and follow no expectations; a goal everyone tends to wish for in the novel. However, even though every character has faced many hardships making this goal seem impossible, they still strive with hope for a better place in this