Individualism In Into The Wild

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The book and story of Chris McCandless reflects on the transcendentalist ideas and the effects of human nature, whether positive or negative. Chris, a young ambitious kid travels the country for two years and then makes his way to Alaska to live into the wild, which will be his last stop. When in the wild, the transcendentalist ideals shine through as having a positive effect, however, when living in society and reflecting back on society, they reflect a negative response on human nature.When on his own, Chris sees the beauty in the world around him, but with noise and money and working people, he sees the cluttered nonsense of this world. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer reflects transcendental ideas through individualism and the awe of nature,…show more content…
Instead of the rebel teenage girl doing this in the hunger games and Divergent series, there is no dystopia, and no army, Chris is just a guy living in the modern dystopia of this world. Whether the world is actually as detrimental as Chris believes it is, out in the wild, it's all peace and quiet for him. Some may agree on his adventure, some may disagree, and others may think he had a good point and adventure, but there should of been some precaution. These points of views all depend on the point of view on individualism. People find themselves in different ways and at different times. Into The Wild shows individualism as a positive thing,…show more content…
These two foil ideas make up the entirety of this story. Chris believes society is bad and nature is good. As readers, we cannot judge Chris’ opinions entirely, but we can form our own opinions. Society is not as corrupt as Chris believed, and nature is not as beautiful if you have no point in being there. This story is about a journey of Chris McCandless, the man who left society for isolation. The author portrays Chris’ standpoints clearly, the simplicity of nature and individualism shines through as beautiful, but the unprincipled society can ruin it
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