Into The Wild: The Evolution Of Tragedy

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Evolution of Tragedy Essay How does one ignore their family? When Chris McCandless from Into the Wild, Ismene from Antigone, and Brutus from Julius Caesar hurt the people that love them, that they love back, how can they sacrifice family over what they believe to be the right choice for themselves? Into the Wild is a true story about a boy named Chris McCandless, who left his family to go on an Alaskan adventure. Ismene is from Antigone, a story about a girl who wants to break the law in order to bury her brother. Julius Caesar is a story in which a group of conspirators from which includes Brutus, who want to overthrow the ruler of Rome. In all three of these stories, the main character makes a decision based on what they think is the best choice. All of these characters do not want to their family involved, and they end up hurting their family in the end. Through the evolution of tragedy, Sophocles, Krakauer and Shakespeare depict…show more content…
Chris McCandless graduated from Emory University and was loved by most. Chris did not have a great relationship with his parents; however, he was really close with his sister, Carine. As he travels on, he never came in contact with his family; he did not want them to know where he was, and he completely cut them out of his life. Chris had met many of people along the way in which he considered to be just like family; however, his main priority was Alaska. He neglected all of the people that helped him along the way. One man even said, “‘So I asked Alex if I could adopt him, if he would be my grandson.’ McCandless, uncomfortable with the request, dodged the question: ‘We’ll talk about it when I get back from Alaska, Ron.’” Just like Brutus and Ismene, Chris does this for himself, leaving everyone else out of the picture. Later on, he dies in Alaska, and he hurt everyone even more than when he abandoned
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