From younger age, we have been taught to behave in a certain way in order to fit in. When we grow up, our lives get automatically filled with growing amounts of responsibilities and expectations that we need to fulfill. It is a tough world to live in; its pressure and rules can lead so many people to run away from it seeking a peace of their mind. But where should we run to? The wilderness, as being the only alternative to the human world, seems to be an ideal place to take a vacation from all of the distractions of modernity, where all human problems seem to fade and become meaningless.
As people age they change their mentality, views on society, and thoughts on how they want to live in the future. It is evident that Chris McCandless the protagonist from Into the Wild, went through this stage where he was stuck, tired of his parents, tired of school, grades and maybe even his friends, so he decided to just leave. According to Emerson from Nature, “The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.” This quote means that the youth are more innocent, and are instantly open to new options. Chris challenges Emerson
I find this passage to be significant because he refered himself as Chris McCandless rather than the invented identity he was using during his trip. I think McCandless decided to use his real name because he knew that his “Alexander Supertramp” life was over, and the only way for people who rescue him was to know his real name. Though, when McCandless was writing it, he was not expecting anyone to see this note and come to rescue him because he knew that he was the only person on the mountain. However, I think that it is ironic how Chris McCandless still went outside the bus to collect some berries when he was injured in critical condition.
Going out into the wild all by yourself can be nerve wracking and lonely. Jon Krakauer makes Chris McCandless seemed like a noble person who took the initiative to try to go out and live into the wild. The book Into the Wild written by Jon Krakauer, is about a teenager named Chris McCandless leaving society and traveling to Alaska by himself with nothing else but a bag of rice and a small .22 caliber gun. Chris is heroic because he went to Alaska by himself without any knowledge of Alaska and didn’t know any of the dangers of Alaska. One way Krakauer make Chris seem noble is when Chris is about to enter Alaska he tells Gallien “ I’m goin’ to get on up there live off the land,go claim me a piece of the good life” (Krakauer 4).
What makes one head off into the wild, leaving behind everything you know and owned? What are one’s motive for such action? Chris McCandless was no stranger to this, a young guy who had just graduated from college a few years prior to his “great Alaskan odyssey” (203). Knowing McCandless’s motive for this dangerous adventure, it makes sense to at least try. It was really important for McCandless to try to prove to himself he could make it on his own without anybody else’s help (205).
In the biography of Christopher McCandless, Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer writes “It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.” Christopher McCandless’s journey was one of a courageous and brave young man that went Into the Wild. McCandless chose to abandon the material things that society believes are needed to survive and even though his dream was viewed as unrealistic, McCandless followed it. “I'm going to paraphrase Thoreau here... rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth. “ A quote Chris McCandless wrote in his journal.
Chris was definitely a misguided idealist if anything. He had this wild fantasy in his head that everything would fall “in place” if he went out and spent some time in the wild. Despite being so intelligent, Krakauer ended up getting brainwashed by the ideals of Jack London, Leo Tolstoy, and Henry David Thoreau. Jack London mesmerized Chris McCandless with the way he portrayed life in both the Yukon and Alaska; on page forty-four, it was said that McCandless “was so enthralled by these tales, however, that he seemed to forget that they were works of fiction, constructions of the imagination that had more to do with London’s romantic sensibilities than with the actualities of life in the subarctic wilderness.” Along with London, Chris was fascinated by Tolstoy, who “had forsaken a life of wealth and privileges to wander among the destitute.”
Shel Silverstein's poems are written for more than just reading for children; he wrote them for connection and inspiration.[Along with everyone], Silverstein had many emotions, some good some bad. Many of his poems go deeper than just what children gather from them. They provide an emotional atmosphere. He made a career out of writing and drawing with little successes. Shel Silverstein was born on September 25, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois.
The Ignorance of Chris McCandless One day Chris McCandless decided to forget his whole present life and throw it all away. I don’t see how he could be so comfortable running away into the wilderness in Alaska. I think he already had a good life and could of had a better life. Chris was a young educated man who graduated from Wilbert Tucker High School and Emory University. I think his main reason for deciding to leave was because of the way his parents treated him.
Chris McCandless, a person who is eventually wanting the allure of danger and wilderness. His father and son relationship problems “ from the things that he said, I could tell something wasn’t right between him and his family”(pg 18), triggered Chris to want to get away from his problems with his family and wanted to gain ultimate freedom. Wanting to become one with the world, he stated “I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters”(pg7).