He wanted to go in there without really anything so that he can make things that were in the nature. “Chris didn’t think twice about risking his own life…”(Carine McCandless 128). I absolutely think that this quote about Chris is very true because he was so into finding new adventures to take, to enjoy and be happy with
Not only did McCandless come from a well-off family, but they were educated too; Chris was no exception of course: “[Chris] had distinguished himself as a history and anthropology major with a 3.72 grade-point average” (16). Just given this information, one could readily question why McCandless would give that all up on some dangerous adventure, but Krakauer includes some important information about Chris. He points out that Chris found that “titles and honors are irrelevant” (16). Although brief, this is a large hint of McCandless’ frustration with society. McCandless also wasn’t motivated by such distinications and lacked, seemingly, a true purpose in his life.
About two or three years ago, my family and I were traveling to Colorado and we stopped at a gas station just off the highway. As we pulled up alongside the pump, my dad noticed a strange man walking around. He wore odd clothes, perhaps a costume of sorts. The man walked up to people pumping gas. The scenario was rather bizarre and we decided not to get gas there.
Although, Chris took action into going to the wild very quickly without thorough thinking of the consequences that could have come across his way he did have a very good time exploring the wild and met amazing people along the way that made him appreciate society in the long run. Chris had the opportunity to experience a different life other than the one he had. Unfortunately, he died because of the quick decision he made on going into the wild and not being prepared for it. Chris had a good life as a wealthy man, but he never enjoyed it. McCandless was very primitive and never bragged about his wealthiness.
Mccandless although he had many material possessions he did not find them to feel the void he had as a child. His parents were not very affectionate especially his father, who only seeked his son to be a wealthy and educated man. He expected the best from chris and would pressure him to be the best he could. Mccandless would only conform to his father's idealistic standards so that his father would not continue to nag him. Mccandless decided that after he finished his undergrad he would make his own destiny.
Though the book focuses on McCandless, it tells brief stories of other men who have gone into nature and passed away as well. Similarly to McCandless, a man named Gene Rosellini went out into the Alaskan wilderness in order to find out whether or not humans could defeat nature. Although he survived for ten years, he ultimately concludes that man cannot live off the land. Later on he decides to travel around the world, but kills himself. Another man who died because of his failure to prepare himself was named Carl McCunn.
“Mental Illness so you go Into the WIld” “In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter….” stated Jon Krakauer.
Let’s think about the Donner Party, a group of emigrants who were traveling from Springfield, Illinois to California. They started their journey in April 1846, following the California Trail until Wyoming, where 89 of the party took a shortcut that was said to shave two weeks off of the journey. The rough terrain of the Wasatch Mountains was tough on their wagons so they stopped to make repairs and rest the animals. Snowfall approached and trapped them within the Sierra Nevada mountains, they shortly ran out of food and water and turned to eating their pack animals, sticks, and dirt. When one member of the party perished of malnutrition they resorted to cannibalism.
Some would say “Life on the road is suited for everyone”, others such as for myself, would disagree. Life on the road is not suited for everyone, because not everyone can throw away their normal life and go on the road or the wilderness and survive like Chris McCandless. Some would think, Chris McCandless, was on a suicide mission but he was only following his dreams and he actually did, unlike many people. Chris McCandless inspired so many people to move out, leave their old lives, and have a fresh start at their life. Chris McCandless was a independent person and he was trying to get away from civilization because he felt like he never fit into it.
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