Jack London had been an American novelist and is known for works such as The Call of the Wild, which McCandless greatly admired. Chris McCandless had greatly admired Jack London, going as far as carving “Jack London is King” at what came to be the site of his death. The Jack London quote used in the epigraph describes a scene in the forest but uses bitter imagery- yet somehow still romanticises it. “Alex” was unable to ever see past the facade London had built- given that London had hardly ever spent time in the wild himself and most definitely nowhere near as intense as Alaska. This chapter had described how he had been found and this quote leads back to that because though Chris was intelligent, he did not understand that London had to make nature sound beautiful.
Stuckey was one of the many people that Chris met and impacted when traveling up to Alaska. Stuckey decided to give the clean-shaven Chris McCandless a ride to Fairbanks, Alaska, despite policy stating against picking up hitchhikers on the trucking route. In the short three days of traveling together, Stuckey learned that Chris had wanted to “live off of the land” since childhood. The book Into the Wild gives a quote from Stuckey that explains one idea of Chris’s motive for the actions taken. “He wanted to prove himself that he could make it on his own, without anyone else’s help” (Krakauer 159).
“What worried him the most...wasn’t that it was too late...what really ate his insides, was the fear that it wasn’t too late.” (Sachar 146). In my opinion, these lines were the most memorable in the book. They have reminded me the true meaning of friendship and how much a person can care about somebody else. I put these words into my own life thinking about how I would feel if my best friend went missing and I had no way of getting ahold of them to know if they were okay. It warmed my heart reading about how Stanley’s relationship with Zero was so strong that he risks his own life by hijacking Mr. Sir’s truck and briskly setting off to find Zero.
Nwoye’s response to Western Ideas is vastly positive. Even though he unfortunately becomes an enemy of his father, he became further Independent. This is shown by a few quotes from the book previously mentioned. Such as when he walked away from Okonkwo his father. It also has made him very content such as when it says “But he was happy to leave his father” (Achebe 145).
Krakauer’s anecdote illustrates how he was drawn to the story of Mccandless and how Chris’s actions, thoughts, and mental processes came naturally. He informs us of the inevitable accidents that can occur while hiking the wilderness, as well as his own mindset during his similarly troubled, youthful years. Krakauer went through similar mental growth as Chris, but had the fortune of surviving where Chris did not. Unlike McCandless, he didn’t have a single minded focus of living an idealistic life inspired by a great such as Jack London or Thoreau, but Krakauer did yearn for something larger than himself. Both he and Chris shared the desire of personal morality.
There’s a difference between being ignorant and being intelligent, Chris was staying put on that line. He fell to either side every now and then, for example: burning his money was ignorant. He should have known better to leave with a plan more thought out than “Get to Alaska.” Man vs. Wild’s Bear Grylls, Survivorman Les Stroud, and Man, Woman, Wild’s Mykel and Ruth Hawke are all people who appreciate how fascinating nature can be as well as how great it is to be out in the wilderness away from civilization, but they also understand that they cannot go out ill prepared. Not only did they leave their life with materials that could protect them, nourish them, and help them stay alive, but they studied up on the possible problems they could face both major and very minor. From the beginning of his childhood Grylls was
It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it” (pg 57). Christopher McCandless is a remarkable man who sincerely believed in the transcendentalist view of having a simplified life, mirroring Henry David Thoreau’s ideals. Christopher broke out of his life of conformity to accomplish something he was immensely passionate about. Lots of people admire him for his braveness and independence, and others think he went nuts. When it comes down to it, Christopher McCandless ended his life the way he wanted.
It was a sad moment, Mike had just lost his Grandpa Zachary on his father 's side of Family. Prior, to his death he had heard of the off all his wild, crazy adventures . His was Grandpa was very astute and could face through many challenges like the time he had hike with his younger brother even though he wasn 't good at it at all but, they had won by both working industriously and putting their brains together.His Grandpa had also told him that he was vulnerable at first but after time to time he had become a great man out there ready to face the dangers of the world. Furthermore, into his times he been such an authentic man and never lied to anyone, he had also been so impartial with everyone and made sure nobody felt he was unfair. Nevertheless, one thing Mike liked about his Grandpa the best, was that he had great delicacy for food, so whenever Mike was starving his Grandpa would serve up some his delicious Spaghetti and Meatballs, Zach would just devour it up.
“Into the Wild,” contains the story of Christopher Johnson McCandless, an adventurous young man who perished in the Alaskan brush. His story has captured the imaginations of people across the world, perhaps none more so than that of his biographer, Jon Krakauer. Krakauer sees McCandless as an adventurous, possibly brilliant young man who left civilization in search of the greater meaning of life. In the author 's note Krakauer makes it clear that he won 't be an “impartial biographer,” the story is too personal. The similarities between Krakauer and McCandless are difficult to ignore.
Cap is such a devoted friend, that he undertakes hardships to follow through with his friend’s dying wish. “The trail was bad, and I felt half mad, but I swore I would not give in” (Service 39). Once he made it to a place he could cremate him, Cap was grossed out about his friend’s dead body being burned. He waited outside until he thought he would check on Sam. When he got there, he saw Sam in the middle of the fire; alive and happy.
McCandless shows that the expedition was self-discovery, to take a risk to improve his own life. Throughout his journey, McCandless lies in harsh environments as well as having several ways and chances to get home, but he does not take them. Many would try to say that risky lifestyles are dangerous and best to take the easiest approach especially since Chris dies in Alaska in his journey. Proving that risk can take your life or loved ones, but that is why it is important to do risky choices in life since it pays back in the long run. The last thing Chris wrote was, “I have had a happy life and thank the Lord.
Men work majority of their lives saving so when they retire then they can enjoy life, but will they be in good health to do that. They can only hope so. Thoreau explains why he left the woods, “I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives, and could not spare any more time for that one” (Thoreau 1149). He continues on with saying what he learned from his experience out in the woods, “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours” (Thoreau 1149).
Even in today 's culture a boy is more accepted after he shoots his first animal and puts food on his family 's table. As a young twelve year old boy I was determined to do this at the hunting shack in Wisconsin. My uncle was my mentor on how to kill a deer. The night before he told me everything to do and I listened until my brain could hardly take any more information in. The very first day of deer season my uncle wakes me up at a very early hour.
Examples of this can be found in Stoic Warriors in the chapter entitled “Sound bodies and sound minds.” Army captain David Rozelle lost his right foot in a mine explosion. After receiving proper medical attention, Rozell was able to recover and persist through grueling workouts. He is resilient but at the same time, he is honest about the loss of his foot. We can view Rozell accepting the loss of his foot as an indifferent. He is not obsessed with having his foot back and he is able to continue living his life without it.