Explorer Motivations In the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Christopher McCandless came from a nice suburb of Washington D.C. He excelled in school and had been an outstanding athlete. He graduated with honors from Emory University in the summer of 1990, and soon after he dropped out of sight. He changed his name from Chris to Alex, gave his twenty-four- thousand dollar savings account to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, and burned all the cash in his wallet. He desired to live off the land and travel across North America.
In the film Into The Wild (2007) he shows us when he donated all his money into charity and burns his money. Nobody told him what to do but himself. He thought he was ready for what was coming. but he really didn't notice the reality of his life. McCandless states that “I now walk into the wild” Christopher McCandless quote.
Alex voyages into the wild with nothing but a bag of rice and a small back pack. While on a hunting journey, a moose hunter finds his body a few years later. Although some may disagree, Alex was indeed hubris due to his traveling into the wild unprepared; insisting on not having any parents; and knowing that he could accomplish things simply. Alex traveled into the wild very unprepared. He is a wealthy young man who knows nothing about the wilderness and yet he wanders in there without anything to help him.
Chris was on the road, in the wild living like a true nomad, for nearly 2 years. “… he’d subsided for more than a month beside the gulf of California on 5 pounds of rice, and a bounty of fish caught…” (182). Mccandless had survived in many places, and even, at the end of his journey, in Alaska for 3 months. He had proven to the world, and more importantly himself, that his home was truly, the road. He was done.
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.
Into the Wild- Allusions Analysis Analyze 7 Literary Allusions from the entire book (choose from any of the epigraphs) Quote (page #) Author’s name and brief bio Connection to McCandless (1-2 sentences) (at least 4 sentences) “Greetings from Fairbanks! This is the last you shall hear from me… I now walk into the wild,” (3). Chris McCandless was a 24 year old who left his comfortable life behind in order to explore what was out there in the wild. This is a direct connect to McCandless and the first chapter not only because it was written by Chris himself, but also because this first chapter speaks of Jim Gallien’s encounter with “Alex” in
Every year the day after school ends in May, my dad, my brothers, and I go camping in Colorado in the Rocky Mountains. We usually go for a week (7days), and work 2 or 3 days. Our work usually consists of clearing undergrowth and brush, digging up junipers, picking up aspen and fir tree deadfall, along with many many other things. My favorite part of the trip is when we load up and leave camp to go to the Great Sand Dunes for the day. There, we rent sandboards (snowboards for sand) and sleds to ride down the dunes on.
“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.
IN THE NAME OF GOD, PLEASE REMAIN TO SAVE ME. I AM OUT COLLECTING BERRIES CLOSE BY AND SHALL RETURN THIS EVENING. THANK YOU.” (198) Chris McCandless was alone. For 144 days he had persevered in the harsh Alaskan wilderness, and now he lay starving in the sleeping bag his mother sewed for him years before, taking his final breath. The journey he took to get to this final resting place was winding and northbound, and the song “Guaranteed” by Eddie Vedder is a homage to the dying moments of Chris McCandless through sweeping musical elements, lyrics and literary
The books “Phantoms In The Snow” by Kathleen Benner Duble and “Flowers For Algernon” by Daniel Keyes have many similarities and differences. The main character in Phantoms In The Snow is a teenage boy named Noah Garret that grew up his whole life in Texas until his parents died of smallpox. After staying in an orphanage Noah went to go stay with his uncle, which his parents had never spoke about and lived up in a army camp in the mountains of Colorado. Being only 15 and moving to Texas from Colorado, was a huge change in Noah's life. The main character in Flowers For Algernon is a 37 year old man named Charlie Gordon who has down syndrome and whose “friends” made fun of him all the time.
Chris McCandless was smart, a straight A student, got accepted into Emory University, and decided to not apply his knowledge when he went into the wilderness of Alaska in 1992. Into the Wild, a biography written by Jon Krakauer, is about Chris’s story of after he graduated high school and went into the wild. Right after he went to high school, he traveled the country in his yellow datsun, met amazing people, and came back to finish college. After finishing college with a degree, he went hitchhiking across the country again and went into the alaskan wilderness, without ever coming back alive. Chris McCandless went into the wild unprepared with any good materials, he did not have a very good knowledge of what he was actually doing, and he left
The sun glared down on Ray Krone as he walked away from prison, still looking over his shoulder in Yuma, Ariz. It’s 2002, and Krone was just exonerated with the help of DNA evidence over 10 years after being convicted of a crime. Krone is from a small agricultural town in York County, Pennsylvania where he grew up playing games like kick-the-can and hide-and-go-seek. As a youngster, Krone attended a Lutheran Church that had summer camp every year. Krone always looked forward to swimming and reading bible passages; here, he formed life-long friendships. “I remember going hunting with my dad, and taking little brother for his first time hunting.
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.