What really drove Chris McCandless into the wild? I believe the top three of the countless reasons that drove McCandless into the wild was the emotional damage from his parents, rebellion of the youth & risk taking tendencies, and his hubris and detestation against authority and/or someone telling him what to do. Some may believe that Chris McCandless went into the wild because of his literary heroes Leo Tolstoy, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau , and Jack London but the real reason he left everything was because of those reasons. In this essay I will elaborate on why I believe those are the reasons that drove McCandless into the wild.
Krakauer used connotative diction to generate emotion amongst the audience, to help himself and the readers fully understand his motives. In a note Chris wrote in bus 142 that he inhabited during his adventure in the Alaskan wilderness he writes, “no longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees and walks alone upon the land to be lost in the wild” (163). Krakauer convinces the reading audience to believe that Chris despised the materialistic society his parents lived, he had to get out of it to no longer be contaminated and to save himself before personal destruction. The word poisoned is a rather menacing connotation. The fact that Chris feels as if his mentality and physical well being are compromised by continuing to exist in such an acquisitive civilization allows the reader to see his beliefs.
One way that pathos is used is the narrative excerpts from the point of view of Perry Smith’s or Dick Hickock’s. Little facts about their lives are revealed one by one as the reading is done. At the end of part one, one learns that Dick goes to a family that he seems to have a routine with. That implies that Dick still lives with his parents and has some sort of relationship formed with them.
He wanted to divorce his parents and flee from society. “No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.” (Chris pg.163). Chris had been gone for two years living off the land and a few bags of rice to get him by. He had all the freedom in the world and then he started to realize that everyone makes mistakes.
Throughout Douglass's speech, he exceeds expectations by adding excellent examples of ethos, pathos, and unique tone. These examples help the audience see his viewpoints and helps him connect with them. The literary devices used in his speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”, aided in his fight against
Many books will usually be adapted by film makers to turn into a movie. However, the book and movie are usually not the exact same. The award-winning book To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee was soon turned into a movie in 1962. This black and white production of the book consists of the same plot and same characters. However, the movie leaves out some events, such as Scout’s school play.
This impulsive decision that McCandless made would soon cost him his life, and most people would see him as being crazy for it. A man named Shaun Callarman, for example, believed that he “ had no Common sense. . . he was just plain crazy.” I disagree with this statement, however, and believe that Christopher had a very transcendentalist view on life,agreeing with most all of the great Henry David Thoreau and his ideals, but just made a few careless mistakes that would have been the difference between life and death.
Comparing The Book The Great Gatsby to the Film Many literary works have been adapted into movies, however, books offer more detailed information to the audience compared to the movies. The Great Gatsby is an example of a novel that was adapted into a movie directed by Baz Luhrmann.
The way they talk about historical events in just one setting was something I’ve never seen before and found it very interesting. There is a limited time within each scene and with only a great amount of time can they produce a very touching and interesting story. Since their acting was very well rehearsed, it provided the emotions it needed for the audiences to feel the same emotions the characters had. Even though they were short in characters they still managed to capture the audiences’ attention. Overall Nanni-Messege did a wonderful job directing the play with only a limited amount of resources and
What keeps Wolfe’s stories from being autobiographical is the fact that he adds fictitious elements such as different names to his stories. Look Homeward Angel is a great example of an “almost” autobiography. Wolfe tells the story of him and his family’s lives but changes the names and places of the people he knew and where he grew up in the story. Wolfe included his family as characters in most of his novels (Austin 115). In Look Homeward Angel, Wolfe included his entire family where he even used some of their first names.
Before the written novel “Into the wild”, Chris’ story had just been another told story of an idiotic man fighting for his manly hood, thus for he died and failed to accomplish. In January 1993, Jon Krakauer published McCandless’ story in that month’ issue of Outside magazine, getting numerous letters presuming the man was either mentally ill, or letters simply questioning his judgement. Inspired by the details of McCandless’ story, Krakauer wrote and published “Into The Wild” in 1996 about McCandless’ adventures, and how he may have had reasons for what he had done, reasons that weren’t apparent before hand. These adventures and reasons sparked varying responses among students, literary minds, alpinist and survivalists alike. Inspiring the
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a biography that follows Chris McCandless and his journey through the wilderness while finding himself along the way. Chris McCandless died in the August of 1992 after a four month journey through places like Mexico and Alaska. Krakauer investigates his actions and analyzes his identity after his death, trying to find meaning within his seemingly unnecessary expedition. Chris McCandless constructs his personal identity as a man who wanted to be challenged and inspired by his actions and interests with people he met on the road, and his beliefs and values as a stubborn person. Chris McCandless’s actions are unusual in many ways; for one, he graduates college with honors, but instead of pursuing a career,
Chapter nine of Into the Wild, is about the comparison made by Krakauer between Chris McCandless and Everett Ruess- a legendary artist and adventurer who vanished into the loneliness of David Gulch. At the beginning of the chapter, Krakauer quotes the last letter Everett wrote to his brother, Waldo, and proposes that it could’ve been written years later by another nomad: Chris McCandless. For instance, both McCandless and Ruess changed their names, along with their identities, to leave society behind and surround themselves with a greater beauty. In fact, Ruess went by many different names and referred to himself as Captain Nemo- a fictional character that flees civilization in a Jules Verne novel. As a matter of fact, that was the last title
In chapters 14 and 15 of Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer becomes more than just an investigator or a narrator, he becomes a character. He tells his story of climbing the Devils Thumb, which exposes the similarities between himself and McCandless. This aids to his understanding of McCandless’s motivations, without ever meeting him, due to the parallels in their personalities and family issues. Chapter 14 is devoted to Krakauer’s story about his youthful love for mountain climbing. At age 23, he plans to do a dangerous climb on the Devil’s Thumb in Alaska alone. “
Into The Wild is written in both the 1st person, when the author is giving his own opinion or giving credibility, and in the 3rd person, when the author or anyone being quoted is talking about Chris McCandless. The effect Krakauer achieves is the notion of how isolated individuals exist in a state of wilderness and establishing his credibility. Krakauer personally connects with McCandless and explores every aspect of his life to discover the real truth of his death, and is convinced he did not die from starvation. He becomes emotionally attached to Chris and even develops a strong relationship with his parents. As a result, this effect leads to his writing being slightly biased.