Mental Illness In Jon Krakauer's 'Into The Wild'

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“Mental Illness so you go Into the WIld” “In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter….” stated Jon Krakauer. The author of “Into the Wild” based on a man that had family problems, many of these things led to him to drive himself away from his family. I'm my perspective, it became a mental illness like stubbornness,sense of idealism, and crazy. Into the wild I believe is a state of mind where your mind can go and all the things will disappear like the excerpt “Nature” written by Ralph W. Emerson. Christopher McCandless was running from the expectation that his parents had for him and all the problems that his family had. He obviously did not want any part in it. Growing up in the upper middle class Christopher was given everything since day one. This to me is a major part of why I think McCandless had the right to venture off from his family, him wanting to learn from his mistakes never happened because he…show more content…
Thoreau writes about how many people are awake if you're awake what do you notice, most people going with the flow of the world. I believe that going going to Alaska without the proper equipment is ridiculous, but he made a risky choice only taking his stubbornness and his sense of idealism. But also risky taking a 22 rifle, a road map, a backpack, and finally a sack of rice. And I completely congratulate him for living four months after eating a toxic seeds also known as (alpine sweetvetch
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