Not too many people would be excited about that. Right away I’m interested in this character and his motives. Page 4-5 we learn about one of Alex’s rides Jim Gallien. He was a hunter and fisher he knew a little about the Alaskan bush. He was concerned for Alex who we find out wants to stay for months.
As soon as Buck is traded off, he is called to by the wild but cannot leave, due to the “debt” he owes to Thornton. Love is the only outcome that emerges from Buck’s relationship with Thornton, which soon leads to him having to prove himself through a series of tests. The relationship damages Buck’s worth, allowing its measurability to revert back to the amount of money one is willing to pay for him. Auerbach even stresses the fact that Thorton takes advantage of Buck and uses his love to his own benefit. However, the work Buck carries out builds on his reputation, spreading his name throughout Alaska, signifying fame and heroism.
When McCandless graduated from college, he found the possibility to go away for a while, “He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family” (Krakauer 55). McCandless could finally go away looking for a journey full of adventures, but he wasn’t going to five stars hotels or luxurious places. His journey was precarious and wild, that was exactly what he was looking for. Places that were difficult for someone to reach and loneliness was abundant, the only interaction was with nature and savage animals. Happiness engulfed McCandless when backpacking anywhere, it was his joy.
He wanted to test himself on what he was capable of. After consistent research he had his mind set on Alaska, and was determined to get therer. In Self Reliance Emerson states, “ A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds…” Constantly making the same decision is what goes on in the mind of a child, and even though Chris was far from being a child it was all of the mistakes he made that led him to Alaska. If they were genius or foolish decisions it did not matter, they all brought him to the only place he wanted to be at. On the other hand, the reason he chose Alaska might come confounding to some readers, living in Virginia, he would not have been used to the weather, animals, maybe even the people.
To do so he wanted to go to Alaska before that he had to travel, work, and camp out a lot, so it was tough but he was up for the battle. When he made it to Alaska he was doing good and was finding happiness until things started getting rough. He started losing a lot of weight because of the animals were not coming out as often. When he turned to plants and started eating it, he did not realize he was killing himself. Right before he died, he said “happiness is better When shared” McCandless.
The book and story of Chris McCandless reflects on the transcendentalist ideas and the effects of human nature, whether positive or negative. Chris, a young ambitious kid travels the country for two years and then makes his way to Alaska to live into the wild, which will be his last stop. When in the wild, the transcendentalist ideals shine through as having a positive effect, however, when living in society and reflecting back on society, they reflect a negative response on human nature.When on his own, Chris sees the beauty in the world around him, but with noise and money and working people, he sees the cluttered nonsense of this world. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer reflects transcendental ideas through individualism and the awe of nature,
Chris McCandless was in his early 20’s, he was the kind of that guy that wanted to learn and experience life without all of the material things. He wanted to be independent from his parents and friends so Chris did something that would be insane for most of us humans but to him, it wasn’t. He went into the wild of Alaska for months, in fact, McCandless even thought he could make it out alive at the end of his journey. As a matter of fact, he was known as being a risk taker and enjoyed being out and about in the nature side of the world. Many would believe that Chris McCandless went into the wild to purposely kill himself; however, I myself believe that McCandless did not do it purposely.
For as long as you can recall from history, nature has never changed, its beauty, its calmness and its originality. Christopher McCandless was an adventurous man who wanted, and did, make a trip into the Alaskan frontier, and it unfortunately ended fatal. The beautiful thing about McCandless is that he died doing what he loved most, and he will forever be recognized for following his dreams. Although it may be true that Christopher McCandless was a stubborn young man who decided to enter the wild with slightly too much confidence, which ended up getting him killed, people should consider who he really was and what made him who he ended up becoming because many may not know the traumatizing childhood he had. McCandless was not raised in a normal home, his father had another family and he would split his time between the two, but whenever he was home, he was rather an aggressive man who took out his anger on his wives, in which all his children could recall.
Human beings: wonderful creatures who must rely on others from time to time, and occasionally become overconfident in their abilities. In Walden; Or, Life in the Woods, Thoreau encourages self-reliance by articulating the benefits. Thoreau’s experiences influenced Chris McCandless, whose untimely death in Alaska inspired the book and movie Into the Wild. The book and movie about McCandless in turn drove others to become overconfident in their abilities to try to live in the wild, which led to dangerous situations and sometimes death. Ralph Waldo Emerson a transcendentalist, wrote the influential essay Self-Reliance, in 1841.
Nature is shown in this manner, because it causes one to be completely isolated as they will be able to find their ultimate freedom with themselves. One can find their true identity and realize that materials do not make them the person they are, it is the experiences they encounter. McCandless’s journey into the wilderness shows that he was ready to change the way he was living and his surroundings. Changing his lifestyle, and going by another name, shows that he was rejecting the values forced upon him by his parents’, and that he wants to start creating values for himself. Nature played a huge part in allowing McCandless to reach his ultimate freedom by serving as a character itself.
They dreamed of a different place, away from society in Alaska, that ultimately killed them. The lives of Gene Rosellini and John Waterman were practically the same person as Chris McCandless. Their heart, love, and dreams led them to their deaths. None of them wanted to die, they all had plans; Gene, wanting to get back into the mainland and visit family, John, stating previous so his last attempt “Take me home… I don’t want to die.” 79, and Chris, who was planning to go back to his days as a Leather
We all have the thirst for adventure, no matter how dangerous the journey may be. The novel, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, tells us the story about a young man named Chris McCandless who had that thirst. Chris decided to take a trip to Alaska and live in the wild. Before McCandless left, he only packed a few things, causing him to be unprepared for this long treacherous adventure. Along the way he has met many people that were willing to help him get to his destination.