We won’t know the exact reason because he journey proved fatal. We can only base our ideas off of books and his family statements. He believed that he needed to isolate himself from the rest of the world to find himself. He felt the need to enjoy nature and how a life without money and materialistic things would be. As I stated before he could’ve have accomplished his goals in a different way.
Crabbe understood that blame was just an excuse as to not have to take responsibility for his actions. Not only that, but he also learned to be responsible, especially after he couldn’t make a fire on the account of wet matches. Crabbe finally learned that he was very addicted to his pal Silent Sam, and he did find out how to overcome his constant cravings. Crabbe was a young man with access to anything he desired, but he wanted to control his own life. So, he went alone into the wilderness.
And now he’d slipped painlessly out of Ron Franz’s life as well" (55). Chris was trying to ignore the responsibilities and bonds of relationships by going into the wilderness, where he only has himself to account to. By doing this, he was able to avoid the harm being done to those who love him when he risks his safety and his life. Leo Tolstoy, a Russian author, wrote a book titled “Family Happiness.” From this book, McCandless highlighted “I wanted movement and not a calm course of
I understood that I was supposed to be terrified by this spectacle-these two demonic creatures on this dark, lonely road. But for once in my life, I wasn't." This demonstrates heroism because previously, he would let fear control him. He is supose to be the one to control his own life, but he let Erik do that because he lacked confidence. As the book goes on, Paul starts to overcome his fears by confronting Erik and Arthur.
In the end his daydreams were not enough to save him, “His body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side” (840). This is the climax of where Bierce displays his beliefs of hatred towards war and fighting, since the “soldier-at-heart” is hung. He is not able to escape, like fairytales, because wars are real and people die, it is not a great adventure that people like to believe. Bierce resents war and hints to this undertone throughout An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, masking it with figurative language. Bierce subtly hints throughout the story about the folly of war and its destructions rather than its ability to solve disputes.
Homer created a complex leader to show that the weakness in someone doesn’t define them, it’s the way they approach the situation that will define you as a person. In The Odyssey, Odysseus is a complex leader because he’s supposed to lead his group home to Ithaca, but he makes some pretty selfish and rash decisions that are not what you’d expect from a leader. By doing so, this shows Odysseus’ character flaws, but it also shows his strengths. When Odysseus stayed on Circe’s island for an unnecessary amount of time, this showed his weakness, not being able to resist the urge to sleep with women. In contrast, it also showed his strength because he gained his ground after losing track of home, and found the strength to gather his men and leave.
Imagine giving up all your possessions and going into the wild with nothing but the bare necessities. Most people would turn away at the idea of it, but Chris McCandless found the allure of the wilderness greater than the risk. According to the book Into the Wild, “No longer would he answer to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny.” (23) McCandless’s life was filled with family problems, and he wanted to truly find himself in the depths of the Alaskan wilderness. He knew that his journey could very easily result in his death, but he didn’t care. He was worried more about the journey, not his destination.
Crooks knew he would never get a chance at a dream even though he wished it could because of the big guy. The author uses crooks loneliness in differentness to the other friendships. When Crooks and Lennie are in the barn, Crooks explains to Lennie that “a guy gets too lonely an’ he gets sick”(73), talking about himself. Steinbeck was trying to make Crooks appear completely different to George and Lennie’s characters. While George and Lennie have each other, Crooks only has his books, and even those books don’t make him happy, he says, “ain’t no good.
The Fear of Decision Making In the short story, On The Rainy River by Tim O'Brien, he writes about what he did after he got his draft notice and his fear of going to the war and getting killed. He ran to the Canadian border to run away from this duty but in the end could not run away because of his cowardliness. Fear is the feeling of being afraid of something or to avoid or put off doing something because one is afraid. Everyone is afraid of different things such as spiders or the dark or monsters under the bed but everyone is afraid of making the wrong decisions. The outcome of this short story is different from Moses's view of war in the Bible.
Tolstoy was un of the largest influence on Chris because Tolstoy also abandon his life to pursuit of his own ideals and dreams, “I wanted movement and not calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quite life.” (Krakauer 15) Chris was shaped by the authors that he read about, the passion to living alone in the wilderness was influenced by Thoreau a man who believed that a man could come to find himself and a higher purpose by only living in the wilderness, his idea to go to Alaska came from London’s adventure stories. Each writer added some personal philosophies to Chris and by so he began to follow their examples and made it possible to get out of his comfort zone and began his own
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.
Edwards explains in his “Personal Narrative” that he “had particular secret places of my own in the woods, where I used to retire by myself” (Edwards 162). The first thing to notice is the word “woods”. Edwards seems to indicating in this line that the woods were not a bad place to be. This can be seen further when he mentions that he has hideouts in the forest, which seems to indicate that it is a safe place to go when you wish to be by yourself. However, the reality is that the woods are filled with dangers.
Environment and Technology on the Appalachian Trail The individuals Bryson met on the Appalachian Trail and the revelations he experienced magnified his respect for the wilderness and his disdain for technology. At the beginning of his memoir, he knows little about the wilderness. He decides to embark on the adventure of hiking the Appalachian Trail in order to get in shape, and prove to himself that he could do it. He also felt compelled to go because the trail could potentially be destroyed in the next fifty years. His decision to attempt this ambitious adventure is rash; he wasn’t planning it out for months beforehand.
Thinking about this, we believe it is due to the fact that the environment has more of an effect on him than the free will he contains or his individuality. During the story, we realize that the goal is for the man to make it to the camp where “the boys,” are supposed to be and the possibility of gold. The man’s biggest mistake was his inability to realize that his present acts would have great consequences on his future. London describes at the beginning of the story the extreme coldness. “The man” also doesn’t take the time to figure out that building a fire under a spruce tree may not be the best idea.
“Few people are capable of expressing opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment.” (Albert Einstein) Many people choose not to speak up in public because they feel their own point of view might not be widely shared. Although this may be true, there a few individuals are willingly able to express their thoughts on social issues. Henry David Thoreau’s Walden demonstrates how an individual, like himself, has the ability to confront the problems that manifest itself within a flawed society. Thoreau’s novel Walden chronics the two years he spent living in a cabin near the woods, next to Walden Pond. Many readers may assume that Walden is based on naturalism due to his surroundings in the wilderness, while others might