Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

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Eduardo Rosales Ms. Mason English 12.6 1 May 2023 Into the Wild Final Essay “Into the Wild” is a non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. It tells the story of Chris McCandless, a young man who ventured into the Alaskan wilderness in search of adventure and self-discovery. The book has been the subject of some controversy, with some people praising McCandless's adventurous spirit, along with others criticizing him for being reckless and naive. Transcendentalism is a philosophical, core movement that emerged in the 19th century. Its tenants include the belief that individuals should seek truth and knowledge through their own experiences, rather than relying on established authorities or traditions. Transcendentalists also valued self-reliance …show more content…

Throughout his journey, McCandless rejects the materialism and conformity of modern society and instead seeks a simpler, more authentic way of life. For example, he gives away his life savings and abandons his car, seeing them as symbols of consumer culture. He is trying to escape. As he writes in a letter to a friend, “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure” (57). McCandless also spends a lot of time in nature, which he sees as a source of spiritual inspiration. He writes in a journal, “I am reborn. This is my dawn. Real life has just begun” (22). However, his journey is not without its flaws, and the book raises important questions about the limits of individualism and the importance of community. Overall, McCandless’s journey can be seen as a powerful example of transcendentalist ideas, and a reminder of the importance of seeking truth, and knowledge through our own …show more content…

Some argue that his rejection of societal norms and materialism was misguided and that his journey was ultimately a selfish and irresponsible act. However, it is important to consider the context of McCandless's journey and the societal pressures that he faces, as well as the larger themes of the book, which challenge the values of modern

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