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.
Going into the wild and abandoning all that you know and love is such a hard task to do. Chris McCandless is a brave soul for going on that journey to find himself and discover who he truly is. Living in complete solitude with nature was his solution to his personal issues at home and inside his head. He longed for complete happiness and believed he could discover it on his journey to Alaska. 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.
He wasn’t afraid of not coming back alive. So when he went into the wild in Alaska, Chris felt like he was for sure going to come back and publish the book that he has written throughout his journey to show others that taking risks like this is totally okay. Unfortunately for Chris it wasn’t okay. I believe that he did not intend to “kill himself” for going into the wild with basically nothing. He wanted to go in there without really anything so that he can make things that were in the nature.
McCandless’s self-reliance is a big part of identifying him as transcendentalist. In the short story, “Death of an Innocent”, Chris says, “I've decided that I'm going to live this life for some time to come. The freedom and simple beauty of it is just too good to pass up.” McCandless feels that life should not be wasted doing what you do not love, and shows this by traveling and living off the land every chance he gets. Transcendentalists take in all of what nature has to give them by becoming one with it; like McCandless does throughout the story. By relying on himself instead of others, Chris managed to embody one of the most important pillars of transcendentalism; to only focus on what he needs, not on what society tells him is
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”- Henry David Thoreau. Transcendentalism is an American philosophy that revolves around self-reliance and independence, commonly in nature, a Transcendentalist wants to find the true meaning in life. I believe that Chris McCandless was a Transcendentalist because he was able to leave his whole life behind and take on a minimalist lifestyle while having a strong relationship with god. However, I believe that I am not a Transcendentalist, but simply an adventurer. I had the opportunity to go to Mexico and visit the Yucatan rainforest and this lead me to be able to explore nature and feel the peaceful impact it can have on someone 's life.
In the passage Expert from Nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson says ”In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me In life,-no disgrace, no calamity,”(line 13). This Relates to McCandless because when he was in Alaska, he felt as if he was safe and that nothing was ever going to happen to him. Mccandless was very happy with the life he chose by going into the wild. In conclusion, McCandless was just like every other youth who did not like to obey by the rules and wanted to explore taking a risky journey which would forever be a learning experience for him.
First sentence…..hook? In the novel Into the Wild author Jon Krakauer reveals that Chris McCandless is a hero for abandoning his family and society to run off into the wilderness to sacrifice himself in order to find his true self, his primordial being. Krakauer develops this revelation by presenting a balanced perspective by introducing his family history considering his wealthy upbringing, his mistakes of improvising his time in the wild, and his accomplishments of feeling self-worthy, however, he indulges the reader’s right to make up his or her own mind about Chris McCandless even though Jon Krakauer is biased.”This is a story of a young man, of his energy, his idealism, and the arrogance that ultimately kills him.”Christopher McCandless
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