He was done. “Satisfied, apparently with what he had learned during his two months of solitary life in the wild, Mccandless decided to return to civilization.” (168). Mccandless had finished his quest, but sadly for him he died for a simple, unforgiving mistake. The one mistake that truly killed Chris was so: “When Mccandless tried to walk out of the bush…the basket was in the same as it is now on his side of the canyon…crossing the Teklanika to safety would have been a trivial matter. Because he had no topographic map, however, he had no way of conceiving that salvation was so close.” (174).
Excluding the fact that McCandless abandoned his car due to a flash flood, the comparison between the two is noticeable. Over the course of six months, "Johnathan's father, David Croom, said his son had shown a growing interest in the movie and possibly wanted to emulate McCandless' actions. "(Payne and Falcon). Inspiration most plausibly drove the inexperienced 18-year-old who wanted to "live in the wild" to imitate McCandless with the confidence that he could indeed survive, which correlates with Johnathan's family's theory. With the tragic inexplicable situation, "Officers said they were treating the death...as suicide."(Wilson).
When McCandless graduated from college, he found the possibility to go away for a while, “He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family” (Krakauer 55). McCandless could finally go away looking for a journey full of adventures, but he wasn’t going to five stars hotels or luxurious places. His journey was precarious and wild, that was exactly what he was looking for. Places that were difficult for someone to reach and loneliness was abundant, the only interaction was with nature and savage animals. Happiness engulfed McCandless when backpacking anywhere, it was his joy.
A Trip to Lake Michigan This year my family and some friends decided to do something different than our traditional beach vacation. We didn’t want to make the long trip down to Florida to go to the beach for a few days and then have to make the 2-day journey home. So what did we do? We decided to try out the northern beaches of the United States. Moratorium week, just after the fourth of July holiday, was really the only time that the families could get away without having a basketball practice, cross country practice, a baseball game, or worry about work calling.
In Jon Krakauer’s novel, Into the Wild, McCandless is viewed as a transcendentalist. The characteristics of transcendentalism is individual vs society and the connection between human and nature. A subject of Into the Wild is individual vs society because Chris McCandless tends to desire to chase freedom and be alone rather than with people. In the last letter ever received from Everett Ruess, to his brother Waldo on November 11th, 1934. He explains that he wants to live in isolation.
I think his best quality was that he had a strong will. In the book it says “He had not seen or talked to another soul in thirty-six days. For that entire period he subsisted on nothing but five pounds of rice and what marine life he could pull from the sea,...” (Krakauer 36). He was able to stay alive for quite awhile and I think that was because he wanted achieve what he set out to do and that was to get to Alaska. Another quote that represents his strong will is “By mid-April, Westerberg was both shorthanded and very busy, so he asked McCandless to postpone his departure and work a week or two longer.
Literature Victoria Class One Final Walden, Of Mice and Men, and The Call of the Wild are masterpieces of Transcendentalism, about Existentialism, about Naturalism, and Human Nature. Walden is Thoreau’s self-reflection for spiritual quests while immersing in nature. Through a simplified lifestyle, Thoreau illustrates ideas about individualism versus social existence, self-reliance, and meditations of opposing to Materialism. Of Mice and Men superficially reflects a story that two migrant ranch hands search for job opportunities by moving from place to place. Instead, it portrays an inevitable tragedy of the ending, depending on existentialism.
What McCandless Has Shown Me Chris McCandless was just a normal college graduate just like any other person but then he decided to go into the wild and go travel to all different areas before he went to Alaska. Chris decided to go to Alaska because in his head that’s where he thought there would be no one from society telling him what to do. He thought he wouldn’t have to follow the rules of society or people telling him what to do. He reached Alaska, but the reality of Alaska was different that the romanticized expectation that he had in his mind. He didn’t bring enough food for himself and all he relied on was eating plants and berries from the wild.
As a resident of the Coachella Valley, I can personally testify to the lack of urgency about the Salton Sea. We learn about the situation throughout school, but I never recall discussing the potential environmental, health, and economic effects if the water levels decreased. Additionally, the median household income in 2015 for Coachella Valley residents was just over fifty-three thousand dollars, with about forty-four percent of the population making over sixty thousand dollars. On the other hand, the median income in 2015 for the Imperial Valley was around forty-eight thousand dollars, with only about thirty percent making more than sixty-thousand dollars (“Imperial”). The difference between
Most families have 9 months to prepare for their stork delivery we on the other hand had no idea. The call could come at any moment that a child was homeless and needed us. Little did we know when the call finally came that all we would have was a 30-minute trip to a neighboring parish. So, we prepared and painted a room, bought a crib and decorated it with whales, sea creatures and rubber duckies. This felt neutral, safe and prepared for anything.