"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”- Henry David Thoreau. Transcendentalism is an American philosophy that revolves around self-reliance and independence, commonly in nature, a Transcendentalist wants to find the true meaning in life. I believe that Chris McCandless was a Transcendentalist because he was able to leave his whole life behind and take on a minimalist lifestyle while having a strong relationship with god. However, I believe that I am not a Transcendentalist, but simply an adventurer. I had the opportunity to go to Mexico and visit the Yucatan rainforest and this lead me to be able to explore nature and feel the peaceful impact it can have on someone 's life.
Born in A Different Life Life on the road is an idealistic way to escape from societal problems. There is no denying that it grants individuals satisfaction by allowing them to fulfill their goals, as well as providing immense freedom and control over one’s life; however, it is a fundamentally illogical path to take due to nature’s malevolence. In Into The Wild, Krakauer writes a biography about a young man named Chris McCandless, in which he illustrates the similarities between himself and McCandless’s overly ambitious journey to accomplish feats in the wilderness. Coinciding with their similarities, they also faced an oppressive father figure at home, which lead the both of them to believe that their journey will provide them an answer to their problems at home. McCandless planned to survive in Alaska by living off the land while Krakauer wanted to be the first one to climb the Devil’s Thumb.
These themes of self-reflection are present in modern society, in which the wilderness serves as a location to desert oneself from their surroundings in order to discover one’s own individuality and the gratification life has to offer, as humanity restricts the population from seeking into one's true
Into the Wild Life in the wild is not for everyone, as Chris McCandless himself proved. In the novel Into the Wild Chris was driven by anger and curiosity; always enjoyed nature and the outdoors. His family was one of the reasons why he chose to isolate himself from the real world, he needed to experience new feelings other than the hatred he’s had throughout his entire life. On his journey he was able to accomplish a number of things: peace of mind, travel, and write a book. What Chris did not expect was for him to die on his journey, but rather have it help him grow and gain new experiences.
The “thwarted selfishness, his unadmitted desires, the swear words he never spoke, the murders he didn’t commit.” as Le Guin states it. The man is the conscious reality and, in Le Guin’s words, “all that is civilized-learned, kindly, idealistic.” Our shadow is creative and destructive, but not solely evil. It is the “animal” side of our minds. Our Self, our conscious mind, is unity and harmony; the understanding of our psyche. Le Guin argues anyone who confronts these ideas is very creative and successful.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” - (taken from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”). As evident by this quotation by Thoreau, his motives purely consist of living in the idealistic states of nature rather than that of “civilization”. Thoreau also stated, “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life…”- (taken from Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”). Thoreau, in this statement shows that he is completely self reliant in the sense that he alone went out to nature to reap what he could and survive by his merits alone, sustaining himself only on what nature had to offer. While conversely McCandless could only survive with a
In his work, Krakauer talks about the value of McCandless’ journey. Krakauer describes the nature of McCandless’ journey, claiming that “Unlike Muir and Thoreau, McCandless went into the wilderness not primarily to ponder nature or the world at large, but, rather, to explore the inner country of his own soul” (220). That is existential because McCandless is assigning a particular meaning for his trip to Alaska. McCandless is not traveling to Alaska for fun, he has a purpose to find his “soul” within the wilderness. Later on in his work, Krakauer explains how McCandless views happiness when he says, “I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness.
This has turned into a myth in which many believe that the most important parts of nature are areas that have been untouched by human hands. This is why I consider McCandless was driven to the last frontier of Alaska and many of us sense that we must voyage to Yellow Stone or the Grand Canyon to have a true nature experience. Approaching his death, Chris realizes that he truly cannot live without society and people. This exhibits the boundaries of the frontier ideology and rather than establishing a connection between nature and humanity it makes it impossible to have one. In showing us this extrication, we can see the problems that the frontier ideology creates and generates constraints to the environment we protect and
I agree with Callarman’s position of thinking “ he had no common sense” and that he was “bright and Ignorant” because Chris thinks he did not have much to offer in his society, ditched all his possessions to take a trip into the Alaskan Wilderness and did not have much common sense or survival skills. Chris McCandless was very courageous for ditching all his possessions to take a trip in the wilderness. “Really, I think he was just plain crazy,” I do agree with Callarman because I think Chris was a little crazy for doing these actions. He was a very courageous for doing this because not many people would take a random trip to the wilderness because people would rather be in
Portrayed in the movie Into the Wild, Christopher McCandless was a free spirit he did what he want when he wanted. Ivan and Chris were completely different people one was a formalist and the other was a maverick, but in the end it didn 't matter how different they were because they found true happiness in death. Ivan constantly tried to conform to society and its laws. Ivan subconsciously wanted to be an individual but he constantly suppressed those urges to fit in. He wanted to follow the path that society lead him on.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”-Albert Einstein. Chris McCandless had to find out who he truly was as an individual by leaping out into the wild and isolating himself. The inspirations of Jack London, Henry David Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy guided Chris into the wild of the unknown to search for true bliss and meaning to his life. He believed that that in order to be one with oneself you must remove yourself out of society and push yourself physically and mentally to take in and comprehend the fullest understanding of life. Chris grew up never worrying about money, easily relating to Tolstoy in the sense of their family being well supported.
It also shouldn 't be what others think, but of what you think and what you want. And finally, to live what makes your life happy. Similarly, to what Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principle.” Leading, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless