Into The Wild, By Jon Krakauer

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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a novel about a young man (Chris McCandless) who died while surviving in the alaskan bush. A central theme in this novel is that the ultimate freedom is to live in a world where the only laws one has to follow are the laws of nature. The author, Krakauer, reveals this theme through Chris showing solitude, hatred towards society, and the love of nature. The ultimate freedom is revealed through Chris’ solitude. Chris McCandless kept a journal while on the excapade. At one point the journal says, “It is the experiences, the memories,the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found.” This means that living on your own, doing something different and special with your life, …show more content…

When Chris is in the car with Gallien he says, “‘Hell, no,’ Alex scoffed. ‘How I feed myself is none of the government’s business. Fuck their stupid rules.’” This shows that Chris (Alex) doesn’t like how the government makes rules for how people get the things they need in order to survive, such as food. This relates to the theme because it shows how society puts all these rules on citizens and how it isn't fair. Living under all these rules takes away the citizens freedom. The ultimate freedom is to live without these rules. Also when Chris was leaving college to embark on his adventure Krakauer wrote, “At long last he was unencumbered, emancipated from the stifling world of his parents and peers, a world of abstraction and security and material excess, a world in which he felt grievously cut off from the raw throb of existence.” This means that he feels confined and restricted by the rules of society. This relates to the theme because it shows the different ways society constrains Chris and why living in society feels like a trap. The slow motion of society and its rules make Chris feel like there is no freedom. The ultimate freedom is to be away from this life

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