Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book, based on the real story of Christopher McCandless, who in the April of 1992,set off alone into the Alaskan wild. He had given all his savings to charity, abandoned his car and his possessions. Unlike others, he wanted to live a life of independence, free from materialistic pleasures and filled with nature and it’s beauty. In addition, McCandless shed his legal name early in his journey, adopting the moniker ‘Alexander Supertramp’. He travelled a lot to places such as South Dakota, Salton City before hitchhiking to Alaska.
I agree with Callarman’s position of thinking “ he had no common sense” and that he was “bright and Ignorant” because Chris thinks he did not have much to offer in his society, ditched all his possessions to take a trip into the Alaskan Wilderness and did not have much common sense or survival skills. Chris McCandless was very courageous for ditching all his possessions to take a trip in the wilderness. “Really, I think he was just plain crazy,” I do agree with Callarman because I think Chris was a little crazy for doing these actions. He was a very courageous for doing this because not many people would take a random trip to the wilderness because people would rather be in
Jack London had been an American novelist and is known for works such as The Call of the Wild, which McCandless greatly admired. Chris McCandless had greatly admired Jack London, going as far as carving “Jack London is King” at what came to be the site of his death. The Jack London quote used in the epigraph describes a scene in the forest but uses bitter imagery- yet somehow still romanticises it. “Alex” was unable to ever see past the facade London had built- given that London had hardly ever spent time in the wild himself and most definitely nowhere near as intense as Alaska. This chapter had described how he had been found and this quote leads back to that because though Chris was intelligent, he did not understand that London had to make nature sound beautiful.
Into the Wild “‘ He was unheeded, happy and near to wild heart of life.’”Christopher McCandless, pseudonym Alexander Supertramp makes the daunting decision to go off grid and live a nomadic lifestyle. Author Jon Krakauer uses fervent diction and descriptive imagery to depict McCandless’s turning point in his life and beyond to his final days in the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer choses a specific tone to narrate the story, not far from a hypercritical sense. Krakauer places himself throughout the story to compare his experiences with McCandless’s. Although he does express his opinion frequently, Krakauer still allows the reader to create their own ruling of the wandering itinerant.
“Into the Wild”, by Jon Krakauer explains the story Chris McCandless’ life in the wild. McCandless leaves everything even his family to set off on adventure to Alaska so he can live of the land. On his adventure to Alaska he meet a lot of new people that help him with reaching his goal of Alaska. Chris eventually reached Alaska where he was living off the land for sometime, but unfortunately die by an accident he had. McCandless was a very intellectual and well-rounded person he left an emotional impact on people he meet on his journey to Alaska.
Secondly, most citizens would not hike across the country without having a main goal out of what they want planned. McCandless hiked steadily and excitedly all the way from South Dakota to Fairbanks, Alaska to be on his own. With a very small amount of food or clothes he stumbled upon an abandoned bus to live in to be away from people this continued to be McCandless’s paradise. Without the help of technology he used to sun for the time of day and hunting for his food instead of a grocery store. However being on his own McCandless decided to do his own way of society by starting with a Declaration of Independence for only his self but the main part declares, “No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild” (KraKauer 163).
When he Is finally let go he refuses to go get a hunting license because he believes that the government has authority to know Alex’s business and know what he hunts and what he eats. This goes back to the way that he wats to be free but also free from the entire world. He believes that he should have the freedom to shoot whatever he wants and do whatever he pleases. Alex cannot stay in one place for a long period of time so he starts going on foot onto his next adventure. After a month walking through the woods and
People may wonder how long he planned on staying into the wild. Before he left for his trip, he left his personal belongings with "Westerberg for safekeeping and gave him the leather belt" (68). This proves he had an idea he was not going to come out of the wild alive by giving his stuff to his most valuable friends for them to take care of and cherish. This act is almost like an inheritance because it was his only items he had kept before his trip. McCandless also said goodbye to Borah while "he was crying" (68).
Into the Wild is a film by Sean Penn that talks about the journey Chris decided to take, leaving behind his parents and his dreams.He graduated from Emory University as a top student/athlete only to decide he was tired of everything and decided to embark in a journey into the Alaskan wilderness.Christopher McCandless decided to leave behind the american dream in seek of a life full of freedom. As Shaun Callarman stated “ I think Chris McCandless was bright and ignorant at the same time. He had no common sense, and he had no business going into Alaska with his romantic silliness. He made a lot of mistakes based on arrogance. I don 't admire him at all for his courage nor his noble ideas.
The non-fiction book Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer, tells a story where a man named Chris McCandless leaves his city life behind and decides to go search for on himself deep in the Alaskan wilderness. The epigrams in the book symbolically relate to the chapter to which they are assigned. How do the epigrams in chapter 3 relate so well in order to show Chris McCandless’ traits? The two epigrams, one written by Leo Tolstoy and the other by Wallace Stegner both describe a need for movement and exploration. Tolstoy states, “I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence” (15) and Stegner says, “that being footloose has always exhilarated us” (15).
The most distinct of his viewpoints is found in his Declaration of Independence from Into the Wild: “Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate Freedom. An extremist. An esthetic voyager whose home is the road.
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
McCunn was careless he didn’t remember to get a way out of the arctic for winter time, he died painfully. It was a life lesson to pay attention to the signs around you. To be safe rather than sorry, McCunn to me was stupid, he threw away shotgun shells just because he thought he could, he didn’t pay attention to his surrounding, he didn’t even know how to signal help. He never helped himself so no one could help him, this was similar to McCandles. Alex had limited supplies, he stopped all contact with the people who knew of him.
Knowing Chris’s motives it is alright to try escaping into the wild, but to a certain extent. It was important to McCandless to prove to himself he could make it on his own without anybody else’s help (205). McCandless planned to go out into the bush of Alaska and live off the country. Krakauer believed that McCandless had very little experience of living with nothing a year prior to his “great Alaskan odyssey”. It is noted that McCandless subsited for a month of the Gulf of California living just off five pounds of rice and a bounty of fish he caught (206).
In the part of the book where he left Afghanistan, it was evident he did not want to leave at all. “For me, America was a place to bury my memories. For Baba, a place to mourn his” (129). It takes a great deal of strength to move away from a place somebody lived their whole life. Amir only lived his childhood in Afghanistan; Baba lived most of his life there.