John Krakauer recounted the journey of Chris McCandless in his novel Into the Wild. After giving his college savings to Oxfam, Chris left his life behind to venture out west and live a minimalist life. Before writing Into The Wild, Krakauer wrote a magazine article about Chris’ journey. The magazine article created a buzz, with curious readers craving answers and details of Chris’ life. Krakauer delved deeper into the story and wrote what became the popular novel Into the Wild.
Jonathan Ho Case ERWC 16 January 2018 Inspiring Life of Chris McCandless In the biography, Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer published in 1996, the protagonist, Chris McCandless paves his own way of happiness through nature. Told in third-person, Krakauer addresses the theme by describing the settings of Chris McCandless’s adventure along the west coast of North America, establishing the main conflict of finding happiness, and incorporating the literary device of characterization. Krakauer’s purpose is to introduce a different pathway of life contentedness , and a different perspective on what happiness means . Although McCandless’s journey was unfortunately short, his life still managed to make a huge impact on lives all over the world till this day, inspiring them to break out of their comfort zone. McCandless’s odyssey was so significant because it was distinct, inspiring, and difficult.
Into The Wild “Although he was rash, untutored in the ways of the backcountry, he wasn 't incompetent—he wouldn 't have lasted 113 days if he were”. This comment from Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild conveys his belief that young Christopher McCandless who is the focus of his novel may have been young and inexperienced in regards to the Alaskan wilderness but he was capable of basic survival as he had demonstrated during his many day’s surviving the brutal environment of the Alaskan frontier. After Christopher McCandless met his untimely death alone in a school bus down the Stampede Trail in Alaska, Jon Krakauer received considerable criticism for his viewpoint that Christopher wasn’t “stupid, tragic and inconsiderate”. He firmly believed
Into the Wild, a book by Jon Krakauer and film via Sean Penn, includes the voyage of Christopher McCandless, the child of well off folks who moves on from Emory University as a top understudy and competitor. Notwithstanding, rather than setting out on a prestigious and productive profession, he gives his funds to philanthropy, free himself of his belonging, and set out on an adventure to the Alaskan wild. This is a story that i 'm pursuing in my english class called "Into the Wild" will be letting you know about what he has experienced in his excursion. This is an awesome book and film which he viewed in our class Chris had it everything except once to cheerful about his life so he went ahead to do diverse things throughout his life. There
Like Chris, Krakauer went through harsh and difficult situations and did not feel as confident during his adventure as he did before it. One of the reasons Krakauer adds his experience to the story is to do away with the thought that Chris McCandless was suicidal. Krakauer did not believe that Chris was because he was so similar to Chris when he took his journey, “…had i not returned from the Stikine Ice Cap in 1977, people would have been quick to say of me - as they now say of him - that i had a death wish. Eighteen years after the event, I now recognize that i suffered from hubris, perhaps, and an appalling innocence, certainly; but i wasn't suicidal.” (Page 155, paragraph 5) Krakauer shares this because he wants people to look at Chris as more than a kid who had a death wish. Overall, these additions to Into The Wild bring a different view and understanding of who Chris McCandless
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer is a nonfiction story of Chris McCandless, a young graduate who was found dead in the Alaskan wilderness in September 1992. This narrative follows young Chris McCandless to his journey from the days before he started his journey, all the way to his last journal entries. Many believe Chris was not mentally healthy and falled under the “bush-casualty” stereotype. Chris does fall under some of the categories of the bush-casualty but does not completely fall under the category. He did die from the romantic view of the wilderness but did survive a considerate amount of time in the wilderness without having any past experience.
Being alone on his majestic journey, and exploring the beauty of the world, McCandless sought out pleasure with the various environments that he adored and was able to find a sense of purpose within himself. Even though Chris faced various obstacles while trying to reach his ultimate freedom, such as finding food and shelter, he managed to overcome these hindrances. His personal growth with the world and himself is strengthened, and he was pleased with the life he chose to take on. Into the Wild is a film that eludes that people need to change the way they view the world. Natural surroundings caused one to search for their sanctuary, which eventually leads them to a satisfied
In the 2013 online article, “The Chris McCandless Obsession Problem”, author Diana Saverin describes the Alaskan wilderness travel phenomenon along with attempting to uncover the ‘McCandless Pilgrims’ “root of motivation. Sparked by the release of both Jon Krakauer’s and Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild”, numerous individuals pack their backpacks and eagerly step into their (sometimes newly-bought) hiking shoes and tramp into the Alaskan Wild to pay homage to their hero Chris McCandless. Filled with personal anecdotes and interviews, Severin’s Outside article takes a new approach Into the Wild commentary by directing attention to the lives McCandless’s story affected indirectly rather than critiquing on McCandless himself. In response to what appears to be a huge amount of troubled McCandless-inspired tramping stories, Saverin provides an unbiased rationale as a attempt to explain why so many are “willing to risk injury, and even death, to..visit the last home of Alaska’s most famous adventure casualty”. Saverin begins her article with anecdote- telling the unfortunate experience of young lovers and adept adventure seekers, Ackerman and Gros.
Into The Wild was a tremendous story which Shaun Callarman did not have many positive things to say about Chris McCandless, the main character. He went on this adventure to find out what life is all about in his own eyes. He wanted to see how different living in the wild really was compared to society because he was not satisfied with his living arrangements and household. Shaun’s quote says that he thinks “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.
No pool. No pets. No cigarettes” to be happy, and “No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone” (Krakauer). This shows a lot in that McCandless had deliberately set out into the wilderness without a watch, map, spare change, and suffice clothing and food, with intentions of entirely living