He feels that his parents are too controlling, and he wants to be more free. Chris seems happy at his college graduation, but he leaves his house unexpectedly and never returns. This leads his parents to worry about Chris’ well being. He is not someone to ask for much money, because he gives his savings to charity and burns most of his possessions. McCandless explores the wild by hitchhiking towards Alaska.
For this reason, McCandless traveled with little effects. In addition, McCandless thought he could found the solution to his frustration with the adultery of his father, and found the true happiness for his life through escaping into the wild. Chris McCandless endangered his life many times in this adventure, and perhaps he was trying to find the happiness of the life through risking his life. He highlighted passages that he felt a strong connection to. McCandless highlighted one of the passage in the book “Family Happiness” by Leo Tolstoy.
“‘This is the last you will hear from me…I now walk into the wild’” (Krauker, 69) Jon Krauker’s suspenseful novel, Into the Wild, gives an intricate insight into the life and death of Chris McCandless. He knows this trip could be fatal, but he does it anyway, ignoring the fact that his parents and family still cared about him. He was being ignorant toward the people who warned him about going into Alaska on his own and toward his family. Before Chris McCandless excludes himself from society and civilization, he goes to the University of Alaska. There, “…he came across a scholarly, exhaustively researched field guide to the region’s edible plants…” (160).
Chris’ views on materialism led to him soon leaving his family going out into the wild unprepared. He 's lost all hope and wants to be alone away from his parents, who changed the definition of truth for him. Along with being obsessed with McCandless, Krakauer included his story of the time he spent at the Devil’s Thumb. He traveled around the country searching for as much evidence and information he could gather about the life of Chris McCandless. A very big part of why the author decided to write this novel is because of how he could relate to Chris McCandless with personal stories of his own.
At the start of the novel, Holden uses his hunting cap to protect himself from both the phonies and pain. Holden then uses his cap as a way to distance himself from other people since he struggles to make connections as he feels that no one else is able to relate or understand him. After he goes back home and reconnects with Phoebe, Holden no longer feels a need for the hat to protect him. In the short time of just three days, Holden goes from isolating himself from others to reconnecting with Phoebe, which brings him a bit of joy. Throughout the many preparatory boarding schools Holden flunked out of, he has had no one be able to understand his thoughts, feelings, and emotions.
Even if he hated them, he should of told them because his parents were worried and they wanted him to succeed. Because of the fact that he made poor decisions, traveled into the wilderness for no good reason, and lacked common sense, I agree with the statement that Chris is completely ignorant. Chris McCandless went on a journey that eventually lead him to Alaska where he met his demised. He took on the name Alexander Supertramp. In the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer it states, “What Walt, Billie, and Carine didn’t know when they flew down to Atlanta to
Storr's principle has a lot to say in his book Solitude, if for the Sophisticated, with that it applies to Chris McCandless. He went on his quest to understand the overall meaning of life and also to clear his mind of his own life. He abandons everything and all that he knows to be able to start his journey and new life 'into the wild' to find himself, and find happiness in the meaning of life. Personally, I believe that he wasn't thinking enough to just drop everything and go to Alaska, but he suffered at home, he saw abuse and all types of negativity at home. Because of that, he needed a new route, he needed to find happiness within himself, and understand how life works under extreme measures.
Despite knowing the risks of this stunt, he continued with it anyway. Similar to McCandless, Knievel was being reckless, which had affected others around him. McCandless had left his family to travel to Alaska and live in the wild in search of enlightenment. After his death, word about his journey spread around the country. Many viewed McCandless to be egotistical due to the fact that he left his entire life to pursue his personal desires, and he didn’t think about how others would feel after he left, or if he did, he didn’t care.
McCunns journal telling a story of adventure yet struggles in the wilderness. How he realized he was not prepared for such an adventure and never arranged his departure out of Alaska. He spoke of his feelings both physically and emotionally until the end. Some of his journal entries were published in a five part story by Kris Calls in the Fairbanks Daily news-miner. McCandless journal tells a somewhat similar story of his journey on the road to Alaska and continues when he reaches his destination.
The story of Chris McCandless has become a pop culture phenomenon. Many are fascinated by his desire to abandon his family and society and “walk into the wild” (Krakauer 69). Newscasts, magazine articles, movies, and books have tried to define what motivated him to give up everything for his Alaskan odyssey; however, the answers died with McCandless. People make assumptions about him without knowing his entire story. McCandless chose to do the unconventional, making people think he was either foolish or brave and determined, but ultimately he was justified for doing what he did.
Christopher McCandless left presuming to leave his old life behind, change his name, make a new life for himself and live off the wild. Chris gave everything he owned away, leaving himself with nothing but a dream to go to Alaska. His remembrance of his past has left him with a deep feeling of being unwanted by his parents past and present. From his parents arguing about little things to going on his first road trip to where he grew up in California and learning about how his dad was cheating with his mom and had a son with his other wife, it really disturbed him giving him very mixed feelings. This ultimately lead to him wanting a new life away from his past.
A book called the The Things They Carried by Tim O’ Brien actually chronicles first hand the journey and the embarrassment one must experience to flee the draft. At first Mr. O’ Brien wants to flee to Canada even though he knows that he won’t be able to see his family again or that he won’t be able to come back to the states. However, when he is only twenty yards away from the border, he can’t risk the embarrassment from his hometown and the whole universe, so he goes to the war. During the war, Mr. O’ Brien figures out that the only reason that any of his fellow soldiers are at the war was so their prestige wouldn’t go down. He goes so far as to say, “Men killed, and died, because they were embarrassed not to… They died so as not to die of embarrassment.”(O’ Brien, 21) If someone during the draft hadn’t gone to Vietnam to die for something they didn’t believe in then they would have been looked down upon by society just because our society is so
As the journey continues, he is forced by events to slowly let go of his attachment and his memories of Ellie that he holds so dear. For example, the first time Fredrickson experience some change is after their successful escape from Muntz’s cave. He agreed to take the injured Kevin back to his children even though he is running out of time to reach Paradise Falls. This act gains friendship from his companions and suggests that he is more open-minded and kind. Unfortunately, next he loses Kevin to Muntz, who has tracked them down.
Though the way one might accept his fate may appear involuntary, Victor Frankl claims that man has a choice to hold on to his faith. Elie Wiesel’s relative, Stein, for example, chose to give up on faith and his life when he realized his wife and children were dead. He had continued to live on for weeks after Ellie had lied about his family’s well-being by his own choice until he had received the real news about his family. This shows how it is man’s choice to give into all the pain they
Tragically, despite at the end of their journeys Timothy and Chris started to realize their mistakes, it was too late for them to turn back. Two days before his estimated death, Chris wrote in his journal a controversial line: “Happiness only real when shared”(Chapter 18, Krakauer). He took the journey to escape from people and his past. Whole his life he chose to be a loner, avoiding intimate attachments and disregarding other people’s feelings. This entry is an evidence that he re-evaluated himself and was ready to go back to the human community and face his fears that he was trying to hide from in the wilderness.