Ignorance is Bliss
Throughout the world, many young, ego-oriented teens decide to stray from secure paths to discover themselves or to conquer the unbelievable. Like many teens, Christopher Johnson McCandless decides to adventure around the country before arriving to Alaska, where his adventure tragically ends by his death. In Jon Krakauer’s biography, Into the Wild, Chris, the protagonist, embarks on a two year journey around the West Coast of America after his college graduation. Krakauer portrays Chris as a crazy, ignorant young adult to demonstrate his resistance to conform with society by risking his life.
In the biography, Into the Wild, Chris McCandless takes on many dangerous journeys to break from social norm, but also put his life …show more content…
Without thinking about the consequences that could occur, Chris drives down the forbidden sandy wash. The sandy wash does not have secure grounds, and Chris, driving his heavy car on the surface, puts his life in danger. The sign forbids people to pass for their safety, but Chris, not caring, risks his safety and pays no attention to the sign the city, or government, provides. Even though signs hung around state to not enter the road, he continues to drive down. He disobeys the signs, which demonstrates his resistance in following the law. Later, Chris impulsively buys a secondhand canoe at the Colorado River to paddle to the Gulf of California. Through the journey of paddling down the Grand Canyon, Chris observes an Indian …show more content…
Army’s highly restricted Yuma Proving Grounds” (33). Similar to trespassing the sandy wash, Chris decides to trespass one of the biggest Army facilities without a second thought. He again disobeys a warning sign provided by the government just to track a herd of wild horses. This demonstrates his arrogance in abiding with the law. Furthermore, Chris makes it to the last stop, Alaska, where he embarks on the final mission to survive along the Stampede Trail. When Chris is picked up by Jim Gallien, Jim begins to question Chris’ intentions on being on the highway and Chris eventually explains his to walk the Stampede Trail on his own without preparation: “The only food in his pack was a ten pound bag of rice, cheap hiking boots-his rifle was only .22 caliber, a bore too small to rely on. He had an ax, no bug dope, no snow shoes, no compass” (5). Chris carries minimal supplies to his mission through the Stampede Trail. The Stampede Trail is a 10 to 15 mile road that runs through the Denali Borough and during the time Chris hikes the trail, the conditions of the trail were treacherous. Chris
Chris was a leather tramp, meaning he would hitchhike around or walk wherever he went. After he left his parents and went on his journey he did not stop and settle down very often. This changed when in October 1991 he settled down for two months in Bullhead City, Arizona, the longest he ever settled down. Chris’s experience there is very different from his experience on the road. He gets a job and even opens a savings account at one of the banks.
Into the wild, work of narrative journalism by jon krakauer , depicts chris mccandless as an amiable guy who makes many friend and leave lasting impressions upon those he meet while on the road. In april the year of 1992, chris walked alone into the woods of alaska north of Mt.Mckinley .he gave $25,000 that he earned from a college scholarship to a charity . Chris then proceeded to abandon his car and most of his possessions , burned all the money in his wallet and then started a new life for himself. Later down the road chris met three other important individuals wayne westernburg, jan burres ,and ron franz. Chris met wayne westerberg at the beginning of his adventure.
Into The Wild English Final “Into The Wild” is a partial biography written by Jon Krakauer describing how the body of Chris McCandless was found in the wilderness of Alaska. Mr. McCandless was a gifted athlete and scholar, who from an early age shows deep intensity, passion, and a strict moral compass. He discovered that his father had a second family while McCandless was growing up but wasn't told until he graduated high school. He wanted to leave society because to pursue a life of adventure and not apathy/routine while also trying to get away from his sleepwalker, money-driven/materialistic parents. He donated his $25,000 to charity, burned his wallet, drove his car to the middle of nowhere, and disappear in April of 1992.
Into The Wild written by Jon Krakauer is a biography about a man named Chris McCandless and his struggles after traveling Into the Wild. Into the Wild begins when a young boy just out of college named Chris McCandless decides to disown the rules of society and chooses to live in the wilderness. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters and conflicts that shape his life forever. This book traces his steps from living in the wild all the way until his body was found on August 1992, on the Stampede trail in Alaska.
Many would call him senseless for doing so but they did not know Chris. Setting fire to his currency and abandoning his car was a rite of passage into his journey, a noble quest for the truth. He recorded in his journal that hiking around the national park turned out to be a “tremendous mistake… In extreme July temperatures become delirious” (Krakauer 29). Not the brightest decision he’s made, he wound up suffering from heat stroke but managed to make it out alive.
In what might have been Christopher McCandless also known as Alexander Supertrams, last contact with humanity, he says, “If this adventure proves fatal and you don’t ever hear from me again I want you to know you are a great man. I now walk into the wild” (3 Krakauer). Nothing could stop him from reaching Alaska and going into the wild. For 112 days he survived in the hazardous and unforgiving tundra of Alaska. People see him as a hero, a brave explorer, and an imaginative man who learned to veer off of material possessions and find himself.
Krakauer was absolutely correct in stating that Chris McCandless was not crazy for thinking he could survive the Alaskan wilderness, but he did seem rather arrogant for trying. Chris was a determined man, but determination can only get you so far before you start ignoring reason. It’s hard to tell what exactly Chris McCandless was thinking by going into the Alaskan wilderness unprepared. In some view he may be seen as arrogant going alone, which can be assumed by Chris packing a light bag, and lacking the experience to survive.
He acknowledges that Chris impressively had the skills to last three months in the wilderness with his scarcity of preparedness. He knew that Chris was not an idiot, but rather an explorer searching for the true meaning of life. Life varies in definition depending on the individual, and Chris’ definition is reveling in nature's wonders away from the business of big cities, or
In August of 1992, a man by the name of Chris McCandless was found dead in a bus located north of Mt. McKinley Alaska, by a group of hunters. The book, Into the wild, is written by Jon Krakauer who takes on the task of finding out who exactly was Chris McCandless. Through the book, we find out about his childhood, his school life and his travels. The book gives us a sense of who he was a person, his childhood life, and his thoughts on the world. Many argue that his death was a suicide but one can argue that his death was exactly the opposite.
The story of Chris McCandless has become a pop culture phenomenon. Many are fascinated by his desire to abandon his family and society and “walk into the wild” (Krakauer 69). Newscasts, magazine articles, movies, and books have tried to define what motivated him to give up everything for his Alaskan odyssey; however, the answers died with McCandless. People make assumptions about him without knowing his entire story. McCandless chose to do the unconventional, making people think he was either foolish or brave and determined, but ultimately he was justified for doing what he did.
“We need the tonic of wildness... At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because it is unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden. In Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, a biographical account of Chris McCandless’s life, after graduating from college, 22-year-old McCandless decides to cut all ties from his family and hitchhike across America and live as simply as possible.
Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild investigates the life and adventures of Chris McCandless. The author provides information about Chris’ life to illuminate his journey. Krakauer also uses rhetorical appeals to defend Chris’ rationale for his journey. Through Krakauer’s use of pathos, ethos, and logos, he persuades the audience that Chris is not foolish; however, Krakauer’s intimacy with Chris and his adventures inhibits his objectivity.
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ―Maya Angelou. Jon Krakauer’s true story titled Into the Wild is about a man who decides to throw away his old life and escape the rules of conventional society. Twenty-two-year-old Chris McCandless came from a well-to-do family in Virginia and, without warning, abandons everything. He changes his name, loses contact with his family, gives away his car and all his money, and begins a two-year long journey hitchhiking to Alaska where he eventually dies of starvation.
Based on a real story, Into the Wild can make us think from different perspectives about what the main character Christopher McCandless did. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a dramatic but also remarkable story from a young, newly graduated, college student that escaped for a long wild journey but never came back. As time passes throughout the book, the reader may notice how the main character interacts with society and nature, finally McCandless dies in the wild but even though he was struggling for survival he died happy. Some people never get out of their comfort zone, others are tired of it and retire from their comfort zone to have different experiences in life, some are good enough or some are terrible.