On Christopher journey he decided to enter the Alaskan turran with basically nothing, on his journey to Alaska people stopped him along the way offering him items to help insure his safety in the upcoming winter. Chris was foolish like the man he did not prepare as much as he needed to while coming into winter. While, Chris was on his journey he came across a trailer and decides that is where he was going to reside for the next couple of weeks. He was foolish and simple only bringing one bag of rice to help in survive in the wilderness, little did he know he was going to be stuck there for awhile. While Chris was adventuring out in the turran, the the river he crossed to get to the trailer (where he lives) started to get higher and was fericing flowing with water, making it impossible to cross.
I agree with Callarman’s position of thinking “ he had no common sense” and that he was “bright and Ignorant” because Chris thinks he did not have much to offer in his society, ditched all his possessions to take a trip into the Alaskan Wilderness and did not have much common sense or survival skills. Chris McCandless was very courageous for ditching all his possessions to take a trip in the wilderness. “Really, I think he was just plain crazy,” I do agree with Callarman because I think Chris was a little crazy for doing these actions. He was a very courageous for doing this because not many people would take a random trip to the wilderness because people would rather be in
Throughout the novel Chris repeatedly did things that endangered his own well being. Even though it is illegal and even after he got ticketed for doing so, Chris hitchhiked across the country. Chris also burned most of his money along with his birth certificate and assumed a fake name while travelling. When Chriss’ body was found in Alaska, It took quite some time before he could be identified because he had not told his family where he was going and had no identification. Chriss’ lack of responsibility could have been due to his determination and bravery which would have made Chris throw caution to the wind more often than he should have.
He did not have the right equipment nor did he know a lot about surviving in such conditions. Jim Gallien, the last person to to Chris McCandless, described the terrain saying “The rivers are big and fast. The mosquitos will eat you alive….Livin’ in the bush ain’t no picnic (Gallien 4)”. As Gallien was on his way to drop McCandless off, he couldn’t help to realize that Chris was well unprepared for this journey and labeled McCandless as “People from the Outside”. Gallien describes the group of “People from Outside” (4), as individuals who see Alaska on a magazine and decide to go there to solve their current problems in life, only to underestimate the terrain and to find out that “it isn’t like the magazines make it out to be”(4) .
Although Chris managed to survive 119 days in his Alaskan journey, his own unpreparedness got him killed. If Chris had even a marginal amount of the gear he needed, he might have survived. Krakauer states in chapter 18 that there was a cable car Chris's side of the river that would help delivered him across the Teklanika. Chris did not know about the cable car because he didn't have a map. It's obvious that Chris would have had a map, he could have crossed the river safety when he ran out of food, and he could have lived.
"If I haven't escaped so many chances of death as plenty of others, still it is surprising to find myself a survivor, and it's not a lot I have always wanted. There has been so much to be said for being in the good company of the dead." 8) After he returned from the army he was restless and unsatisfied. Then in 1921, Percy Farrar invited him to be part of the first Everest expedition in 1922, he eagerly accepted the invitation. Though the Everest expedition of 1922 was not successful.
McCandless planned to survive in Alaska by living off the land while Krakauer wanted to be the first one to climb the Devil’s Thumb. What happened instead was that McCandless died at an early age, whilst Krakauer barely made it to tell the tale; proving nothing of value came from their journeys. While life on the road can offer solace to individuals who have struggled in their lives, it is unfathomable to think that the wilderness will offer them any embrace to their ambitions; therefore it should not be pursued as it leads to family issues and ignorant behavior. Life on the road can provide one with a sense of independence from the confines of society. For example, Chris McCandless decided to escape the societal
If Odysseus had told his crew about everything like why not to eat the cattle or to not open the bag of the unfavorable winds, his journey wouldn 't have taken 20 years. When Odysseus and his men traveled to the floating islands of Aeolus, god of the winds, who then gave Odysseus a bag containing all of the unfavorable winds, he didn 't even think to mention it to his men. Odysseus fell asleep when Ithaca was in sight, but his men, believing that
It was said that the Devil was seen frequently around Crook County, Wyoming near the very famous Devil’s Tower in the year 1700’s, but as the years pass by the devil was never seen near that area. It was believed that The Devil’s Tower used to be surrounded by a lush and rich forest. It all starts with a man named William Cornelius Werbenjagermanjensen who lived near Crook County, Wyoming. William was a tall and scrawny man; he was a fair hunter and knew what to do with his surroundings, he barely had food to eat because he was out alone in an area with scarce food. He would eat bugs and rats for breakfast and lunch, and if he was lucky to kill a bird or rabbit he had something for dinner.
This is important because because the boys are 9 years old, going into another state with no adult supervision. The final reason why the boys were not prepared for the trip is because they did not have the proper tools. Horse used a dull hatchet to cut down a tree and to open beans. For example, in paragraph #56, “Forgot a can open.” Once again, they do not know how to use the compass correctly. For example, in paragraph #83, “Don’t worry,” Max said.
Chris McCandless was smart, a straight A student, got accepted into Emory University, and decided to not apply his knowledge when he went into the wilderness of Alaska in 1992. Into the Wild, a biography written by Jon Krakauer, is about Chris’s story of after he graduated high school and went into the wild. Right after he went to high school, he traveled the country in his yellow datsun, met amazing people, and came back to finish college. After finishing college with a degree, he went hitchhiking across the country again and went into the alaskan wilderness, without ever coming back alive. Chris McCandless went into the wild unprepared with any good materials, he did not have a very good knowledge of what he was actually doing, and he left
Denali, which few people have been able to conquer, with little supplies. He had previously accomplished the task but he was attempting it again from a further point. His lack of supplies and attempt at facing something so difficult is very similar to Chris McCandless’s journey into the wild. John faced the difficult task, started the journey, and “he was not seen again; it is assumed he broke through a thin snow bridge and plummeted to his death...” 80. Although he wasn’t the brightest of them all, his death was simply an accident, like McCandless.
We all have the thirst for adventure, no matter how dangerous the journey may be. The novel, Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, tells us the story about a young man named Chris McCandless who had that thirst. Chris decided to take a trip to Alaska and live in the wild. Before McCandless left, he only packed a few things, causing him to be unprepared for this long treacherous adventure. Along the way he has met many people that were willing to help him get to his destination.