Chris McCandless abandoned the modern world and chose the wild because he believed that he could improve himself through living in the wild, and found the true happiness of the life. McCandless abandoned his wealthy family because of his complicated relationship with his father, and he was ashamed with his father’s adultery. Therefore, McCandless believed that human relationship was not the only thing that forms happiness, instead a man’s connection with the nature brings joy as well. He also believed the habitual lifestyle was not what people were meant to do, and people shouldn't have more possessions than what they need. For this reason, McCandless traveled with little effects.
Chris McCandless was a independent person and he was trying to get away from civilization because he felt like he never fit into it. Krakauer quotes from Ken Sleights when he talks about Chris McCandless, “A lot of us are like that, I’m like that, Ed Abbey was like that, and it sounds like this McCandless kid was like that: We like companionship, see, but we can’t stand to be around people for very long. So we go get ourselves lost, come back for a while, then get the
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. Over the course of Chris’s life, he suffered many abuses at the hands of his family, like many others across the world; however Chris had no interest in being told what to do with his life, wanting to live life “freely” he wanted to live life making his own choices and not having anyone telling him what he can and can’t do. Just because he chooses to live his life differently doesn 't mean he was dumb or reckless. No one from Chris’s family had any idea what “his plans were” he has not spoken to his family in a couple years (Jon Krakauer 6). McCandless choose to no speak to his family because of they way they acted, they always fought, they always told their kids look at what your mother and or father is doing, Chris had a really hard time in forgiving his parents and he way they always talked about money just made Chris feel like money ruled the world; Chris wanted a whole different lifestyle
One of the many rebellious acts of McCandless is when he went against the standard government. McCandless refused to buy a hunting license because “How [he fed himself was] none of the government's business, fuck their stupid rules”(pg6). McCandless shows a teenager trait because he did not respect the government, which makes him sounds invincible and care free. During his time in the wild he was looking for himself and he felt that isolation was the best way possible to find happiness. In the passage Expert from Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson says ”In the woods, we return to reason and faith.
A common thought among adolescents is the dream to finally leave home and discover who they are; I certainly share this dream. Though the concept is common, the reasons are unique; The differences in character and circumstances define who a person is. What may appear reasonable to some could very well be completely irrational to another. The story of Chris McCandless as reported by Jon Krakauer in the biographic novel Into the Wild is no exception. From the events in his childhood to the conflict with his father, we can see that Chris McCandless, a young man still discovering himself, became disillusioned with the structure of society and desired nothing more than to “no longer be poisoned by civilization” (163).
Nature is shown in this manner, because it causes one to be completely isolated as they will be able to find their ultimate freedom with themselves. One can find their true identity and realize that materials do not make them the person they are, it is the experiences they encounter. McCandless’s journey into the wilderness shows that he was ready to change the way he was living and his surroundings. Changing his lifestyle, and going by another name, shows that he was rejecting the values forced upon him by his parents’, and that he wants to start creating values for himself. Nature played a huge part in allowing McCandless to reach his ultimate freedom by serving as a character itself.
I believe Shaun Callarman whom focuses on Chris McCandless is quite harsh in saying Chris had no common sense and saying that he does not admire him for his courage when Chris McCandless was a brave, wise and intelligent man. He knew exactly what he was getting into when he started his journey on going to Alaska. I think that he wanted to explore the wild and experience a different life other than the one he had. I disagree with Callarman saying McCandless was bright and arrogant at the same time. He had no business going to Alaska but that was his tactic for getting away from society.
Mccandless although he had many material possessions he did not find them to feel the void he had as a child. His parents were not very affectionate especially his father, who only seeked his son to be a wealthy and educated man. He expected the best from chris and would pressure him to be the best he could. Mccandless would only conform to his father's idealistic standards so that his father would not continue to nag him. Mccandless decided that after he finished his undergrad he would make his own destiny.
Anthony Storr, a noted psychiatrist explains, "creative attitude and the ability to have peak experiences depends upon being free of other people...", and I agree with this idea. McCandless went through with his journey to help himself and understand life and all that has to do with it. Chris had hoped to lose his fears and unwanted memories from the past, most importantly his childhood. He believed the serenity and calmness of nature was going to help him achieve that. Anthony Storr explains that solitary people are on their way to creating their genius minds.
Stein’s only purpose are his wife and children. The camp changes Elie, it breaks the link he used to have to his father. Even though they seem inseparable, they are alone when it comes to survival and endurance. Elie’s only wish upon seeing the beating is to get away in case the supervisor attacks him. This moment demonstrates that in the camp survival comes before anything else, even one’s family.
Most people grow up hearing a saying from loved ones or friends “Do what your little heart desires”. Sometimes this human instinct will push out too far and make our desires the first thing to do on the list, whether it have a good or bad outcome on the people around us . We can see this everyday in life whether it be mentally or physically. A great comparison of that statement is the character Chris McCandlees from the book “Into the Wild”. In the book, Chris removes himself from society and everyone known loved one around him, even though he did not take a second to stop and think how this would affect all of the parts in his life including his family.
Chris McCandless resents the world of materialism from which he was born into and in an effort to separate himself from this life he walks away from it. He wasn’t involved much with society and had problems with his family which made him to start his journey to Alaska. In most other cases people stay and deal with their problems. McCandless on the other hand ran away in the most dangerous of possible ways, by totally abandoning his sheltered existence into one that had no safety nets. "Two years he walks the earth.
George and Hazel can live with each other, their society has restrictions for people to be equal but not with marriage nor love. The novella Anthem has people being scared to fall out of line with society, therefore Equality is required to live in groups with his brothers and is not allowed to have he option to marry or to love someone. Following yourself is important in today’s envronment because you are taught to be yourself and not someone who you’re
Although we do learn that Troy accidentally signed the papers to lock Gabriel away because of his inability to read, we know that he never took initiative to free Gabriel. Troy keeps money that is not his while keeping his own brother locked in a mental institute. Throughout Wilson’s Fences, the reader is introduced to several of Troy’s relationships with different members of his family. Troy’s tough personality traits keep him from sustaining healthy relationships. His constant actions show that he is driven, stubborn and struggles to live happily with his family for these reasons.