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Into The Wild, By Jon Krakauer

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The Search for Refuge: Is it the Same for All Individuals? For every individual, the correlation between oneself and where their refuge is found varies. Principally, the concept of refuge solicits questions such as “refuge from what?”, “refuge from who?”, “refuge found where?”, “refuge found with whom?”, “why refuge?” and so on.. Refuge can be found in the rush of climbing the Devil’s Thumb, feeling the harsh breeze and the consciousness of the nature surrounding oneself, train hopping freight trains moving faster than cars on freeways, etc. Mainly, refuge should facilitate one’s diverse struggles. However, finding refuge may require danger, safety, or another alternative that provides comfort and clearness of mind to oneself. People may have …show more content…

We see this in Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, when Chris McCandless leaves behind his relationship with his parents, his peers, his sister, his education, alongside abandoning many possessions that were once important to him on his dangerous journey to find refuge in the Alaskan Wilderness. His reasoning for having hitchhiked across a good deal of miles on his own being that he wanted to elude himself from the societal norms of needing safety and security when it comes to what lies ahead oneself, along with present occupations. McCandless’ desire for constant escapism was found through the adventurous, but precarious, dangers of nature. Figuratively, in the unforeseen conduct of one living in the wilderness rather than the likely path followed by those living the “nine to five life”. The riskiness in question of going into the wilderness alone involves hypothermia, starvation, injury, depression, and many more negative effects. Nonetheless, McCandless was able to find refuge in this foresighting. In page 182 of Into The Wild, the author, Jon Krakauer well describes why …show more content…

The experience of relentless action itself is where one could conceivably find refuge, as even when the destination is reached, no further refuge is found. Simultaneously, while the author of Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer, depicted his experience as an adventurous youth, he also mentioned his perspective of actuality concerning the journey’s real association with refuge when he emphasizes how “It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it. When I decided to go to Alaska that April, like Chris McCandless, I was a raw youth who mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic. I thought climbing the Devil's Thumb would fix all that was wrong with my life. In the end, of course, it changed almost nothing. But I came to appreciate that mountains make poor receptacles for dreams.” (pg. 182). Similar to Krakauer, McCandless was always reaching for the goal, unknowingly having already found his refuge in the thrill of the journey. Although McCandless' first intentions were to explore the Alaskan wilderness in total isolation and to find the refuge he sought after in such circumstances, McCandless unknowingly established refuge in the course of his travels. It most likely did not cross McCandless’ mind,

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