How Is Chris Mccandless Selfish

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Randi Allred
Mr. Delgado
Semester One Final Essay
Egocentric and Self-Centered
Egocentric, self-centered, and selfish would be three words to describe Chris McCandless. Chris was a son and friend who influenced others around him throughout his fatal journey. For instance, when Jon Krakauer, the author of Into the Wild, wrote about Chris and his journey, he explained how Chris left behind his whole life. Chris took off into the wilderness with no supplies, insight, or regard for where he was. Chris McCandless running away into the wild is selfish because he left behind his loving family and friends, and gave up his hard-earned scholarship, which eventually led to his tragic death.
Throughout the novel, the author refers to Chris as selfish and unprepared for …show more content…

Some would argue his adventure was to escape the real world and embrace nature’s natural beauty. For example, the author writes, “But in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”(Krakauer 40). Nonetheless, Chris was still selfish for leaving behind his loving family, and hard-earned scholarship, and abandoning everything he had. The book states, “Children can be harsh judges when it comes to their parents, disinclined to grant clemency and this was especially true in Chris’s case. More even than most teens, he tended to see things in black and white” (Krakauer 122). Although Chris seemed like the forgiving type, he always held a grudge against his father, which is understandable. Regarding his father’s actions, he left his mother and siblings behind with no hesitation about how they would feel or react. As a result, Chris was selfish and self-centered for leaving behind his family and his hard-earned scholarships and donations to charity. He also lost the last of his money and his car upon his unfortunate

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