Isolationism In Into The Wild

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Into the Wild Summative- Soundtrack Lyrics The Eddie Vedder song “Guaranteed” demonstrates the themes of the John Krakauer’s story “Into the Wild” impeccably well. It especially demonstrates the theme of isolationism/ independence. Throughout the story, McCandless has always been very wary of becoming close with anyone. Many of his relationships throughout his life have been very rocky. He has trouble opening himself up to get to know people because he doesn’t want to allow himself to get hurt anymore. In chapter 6, John Krakauer states that “McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well- relieved that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage…show more content…
Throughout the story Chris believes that “Empty pockets will allow a greater sense of wealth, why contain yourself like any other book on the shelf?” as Eddie Vedder sings. Because of this, after his college graduation, he donated all of his money to a very impactful charity. He did this all on his own, without anyone else knowing. Chapter three states, “What Walt, Billie and Carine didn’t know when they flew down to Atlanta to attend Chris’s commencement-what nobody knew-was that he would shortly donate all the money in his college fund to OXFAM America, a charity dedicated to fighting hunger.” This definitely shows that Alex had good character, he didn’t donate the money for attention, but he donated the money because he truly cared about helping others. Chris knew that less is more because he came from a very wealthy family. However, he was never truly happy. He knew firsthand that money can’t buy happiness. Therefore, he decided that it would be best for him to give up all he had and stay away from materialistic desires. And that is what and did and that is what led him to a true sense of
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