Matt and I first met July 19, 2013 in Galesburg, IL at the local YMCA, which was graciously hosting us that evening on our journey across the country. Matt and I were both interns for the Million Dollar Marathon, a cross-country run that was raising funds and awareness for Above & Beyond Cancer. I had been on the road with the crew for just over a month and the 19th marked Matt’s first time meeting most of us. My first impression of Matt was that he was arrogant. I didn’t realize at the time, how intimidating it must have been to come into a close-knit group as an outsider.
I had been backpacking before, but when I had heard of Philmont, a scout camp out in New Mexico, I was exceptionally excited. My crew and I had picked a trek we were going on, and then we trained. I trained for four to five months before the hike. My dad and I 5 other scouts were doing the trek which would go to Baldy Mt. and The Tooth of Time.
This occurred when Mary was able to decide who she would like to marry instead of having her parents arrange a marriage for her. Mary was able to choose John Noyes to become her first husband. “John’s parents made no objection; on the contrary, they were eager for the marriage to take place before another winter came down. Mary’s parents responded with markedly less enthusiasm” . One can tell by the reaction of Mary’s parents that they respected her opinion on who she wanted to marry however did not fully like the idea of who she was marrying.
People think that since McCandless died out in the wilderness , he didn’t accomplish his goal. McCandless on the other hand felt the complete opposite. He achieved his goal of seeing parts of Alaska that most people would dream of doing but wouldn’t actually conquer it because they are too scared of what might be out there. To start off, McCandless felt as though he accomplished his goal from the journey that he went on because of all the passion that he had for nature. Nothing stopped him from going out into the
After he made it into his journey he set out to find out the desire of belonging. Although, many people criticized chris for not informing his parents of his plan, but it is understandable why he didn't. His parents wouldn't have allowed him to go on a perilous journey, but even if they had they would have made him take the material essentials, which he was trying to get away from. Chris believed that his parents needed further economic achievement because that caused a rift between them. “I have always been unsatisfied with life as people live it.
The truth is that in our society education is highly important to have stability in life, so it makes sense that his parent were worried when he said he did not want to go to college. If I was in their place, I too would have wanted the best for McCandless and insisted he get a good education. I do think that McCandless is admirable for following his own path and not worrying about society's standards. At the same time, he seems a bit selfish despite his charity. He seems like he wants to impose his views on others because he thinks he is right, and when people do not completely agree, he cuts them out of his life.
Min rejects the offer due to the fact that he will not be able to make the journey, because of his old age. Hearing the conversation, Tree-ear thinks that Min’s pride keeps him from getting a commission. Seeing Min’s wife, Tree-ear began thinking of ways to show her his gratitude. Then, the perfect bright idea came upon him. Tree-ear went to Min’s wife asking her if he could make the journey to Songdo for Min.
“We’ll take this one grave at a time,” my dad assured me. I was not completely convinced, but knew if I strived to live up to my aspirations, my lifelong goal of becoming an Eagle Scout would be within my reach. I did not decide to build a bench or spread bark dust over a trail for my Eagle project because that is simply uninteresting and done far too often. My project was to be an uncommon venture in which I could gain real life skills. I easily embraced a suggestion I received of restoring an abandoned pioneer cemetery due to these reasons.
After realizing it’s not his parents fault for being poor he says, “Seriously I know my mother and father had their dreams when they were kids. They dreamed about being something other than poor, but they never got the chance to be anything because nobody paid attention to their dreams” (11). His parents had a conflict with the world, they had aspirations, but since they were living on the reservation they weren’t given chances. This conflict reveals that Junior is understanding because he knows people on the reservation aren’t given any real chances to accomplish anything the only way for him to get a chance was by leaving. While talking to Mr. P about his sister, he realizes, “Had she been hanging on to her dream of being a writer, but only barely hanging on, and something made her let go” (39).
It is never clear how Arnold feels about his decision in the end, yet it becomes obvious that leaving the reservation was a positive choice for him. Enrolling in a new school provided him with opportunity that he may not have otherwise had. It wasn’t blocked from him his whole life: it was a choice. Arnold was given the option between a murky future and the potential of a new start, but he didn’t take this new start over his culture. He still attended powwows and dances because switching schools did not take away his past.