Into The Wild Alex Mccandless Character Analysis

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In the book Into The Wild the main character, Alex McCandless did some questionable things. Although he did some unusual things, he still remained sane. McCandless was well educated and graduated from a University, and was also highly respected by everyone who knew him. McCandless would be considered an idealistic person because he had his own way of thinking and did not tell people much about what he did, for instance “Over the past 15 years, I’ve run into several McCandless types out in the county same strong, idealistic, energetic young guys who overestimated themselves,..”(71). Many people, including McCandless did not know what they were capable of, so after people read about his life they tried to think the way McCandless did. Some may…show more content…
One of the many rebellious acts of McCandless is when he went against the standard government. McCandless refused to buy a hunting license because “How [he fed himself was] none of the government's business, fuck their stupid rules”(pg6). McCandless shows a teenager trait because he did not respect the government, which makes him sounds invincible and care free. During his time in the wild he was looking for himself and he felt that isolation was the best way possible to find happiness. In the passage Expert from Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson says ”In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me In life,-no disgrace, no calamity,”(line 13). This Relates to McCandless because when he was in Alaska, he felt as if he was safe and that nothing was ever going to happen to him. Mccandless was very happy with the life he chose by going into the wild.
In conclusion, McCandless was just like every other youth who did not like to obey by the rules and wanted to explore taking a risky journey which would forever be a learning experience for him. Now some may believe Chris went Into the wild to escape a mental illness, but the reason he left everything was because he was a rebellion of youth and his risk-taking
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