Christopher McCandless’s was a young wise man and stubborn guy that was intelligent he knew the right answers to respond which got himself out of things but also got himself into difficult situations that were not processed right. McCandless was raised in a upper middle class family in Annandale Virginia by parents Walt and Billie. He had eight siblings which one he was super close to named Carine and the rest were half siblings from his dads first marriage. Growing up Chris had a rough childhood with his parents problems and the affairs they had. McCandless would question himself why people would treat each other bad he would try to make a sense of the world.
Everybody dreams of their own forms of success that defines a person is what they do with those ambitions. In the novel, "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer, Christopher McCandless from suburban Virginia embarks on a philosophical quest throughout the United States, but prior to that he donates a large sum of money to charity and shortly after graduating from Emory University, leaves home for his journey. Over the course of his pilgrimage, McCandless makes it to South Dakota, California, Arizona, and Mexico, discarding his possessions while meeting several types of people whom he connects with. Among the many scenarios McCandless faces, they include a flash flood where he loses his car, powerful rapids while canoeing, and working at McDonalds. McCandless became close with people who had significantly affected him, such as the hospitality of a grain elevator manager and the comfort of an
Throughout the course of Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild the reader can see that time and time again Chris McCandless is unprepared for what lies ahead of him, which is why he is not a noble man, nor should his journey be considered noble. While it is true that McCandless had gone on adventures before, nothing had prepared him for the bitter cold climate and the lack of food he had in Alaska. McCandless was not prepared physically or mentally and he did not bring anywhere near enough supplies for someone planning to spend the summer in the harsh environment of Alaska. While it wasn’t foolish for Chris to go out and try to find happiness for himself, it was foolish of him to have been unprepared to begin a difficult adventure in Alaska. Chris McCandless
Some people believe that Chris McCandless was stupid and crazy but those people are wrong. Chris is Courageous and noble for going out into the wilderness like this without money or loved ones. When Chris McCandless decided to go off on his own and live of the land, This took a lot of guts and courage, especially when he did it without a car or supplies. Some rangers found McCandless’ yellow datsun, full of supplies, and it had a note taped to it that said ”This peice of shit has been abandoned. Whoever can get it out of here can have it.”
Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book, based on the real story of Christopher McCandless, who in the April of 1992,set off alone into the Alaskan wild. He had given all his savings to charity, abandoned his car and his possessions. Unlike others, he wanted to live a life of independence, free from materialistic pleasures and filled with nature and it’s beauty. In addition, McCandless shed his legal name early in his journey, adopting the moniker ‘Alexander Supertramp’. He travelled a lot to places such as South Dakota, Salton City before hitchhiking to Alaska.
Does a correlation exist between what is considered to be meaningless versus what is considered to be meaningful? The association between them comes from the concept existentialism. Existentialism is a psychological lens in which everything is inherently meaningless until someone assigns meaning to it. In On Being Zac Morris, Chuck Klosterman writes about what the popular TV show, Saved by the Bell, means to him, by revisiting past memories in his life that prove to be existential.
Christopher McCandless, the main focus from Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild observes the factors that impacted Chris McCandless to his unfortunate death at the age of 24 in August of 1992 on Stampede Trail, Alaska in attempts to live off the land. Richard Russo who grew up to write his own memoir Elsewhere describing his “American childhood, as lived in the Fifties by a lower-middle class that seems barely to exist anymore” (Russo, 12, 2012). Russo grew up with his mother, Jean Russo, who had Obsessive compulsion disorder, which he tries make sense of the guilt associated with his mother after her death. The two had been impacted developmentally different by the chronosystem and interaction of the microsystems. The unalike interactions explain the differing outcome of the two.
Throughout history, great men and women have been willing to die for a cause they believed in. Society often holds these people up as heroes, role models to be celebrated by the following generations. In his novel Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer makes the argument that Chris McCandless deserves to recognized as one of these heroes. Into the Wild tells the story of Chris’s life and ultimately his death in the Alaskan frontier, following him from his disappearance after college graduation to the eventual discovery of his remains two years later. Although Krakauer portrays Chris as a noble young man on an inspirational quest, in reality Chris’s journey reveals an out-of-touch young man who naively followed the ideals of his favorite authors.
As the fourth section progresses we are introduced to a variety of characteristics that define a rebel. My personal take was that you know you are truly rebel when you cannot be easily defined by stereotypes of a rebel. In addition, a rebellious person may rebel against multiple ideals but in rebelling against those ideals they support different ideals. Chris McCandless is a paragon of a rebel seen in his rebellion against societal norms but also his rebellion against characteristics of individuals that rebel against societal norms.
For many people the ability to pick up and leave everything they know is just a far-fetched idea that they dream but for Chris McCandless this dream became a reality during the early 1990s. Into the Wild, directed by Sean Penn is based on a book about the story of Chris McCandless written John Krakauer. The story of McCandless takes the audience on a sight-seeing trip from the streets of Los Angeles and Mexico to the desolate landscapes of “Scab City” in California and the Alaskan Wilderness. Through his time on his own McCandless evolved his identity from a post graduate, bogged down by society and a messed up home life to a man who no longer needed anyone’s input on how to find his own happiness. Three stylized moments, those that are
Throughout all of McCandless’s adventures he often meets new people who take a liking to him, despite McCandless having trouble with the concept of intimacy, as he would rather be secluded from everything. Everytime he is confronted with a new acquaintance, he is always offered goods to help him on his journey. However, McCandless is against the fact that you need to have money to be successful in this materialistic world, and he is trying to challenge that idea by going on adventures without any money, as it would be to easy. In this passage he is resenting the fact that he himself cannot make it in this world without money, but he still chooses to live in that lifestyle because it is a much more free life, away from everyone.
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.
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).
In the novel " Into The Wild " by Jon Krakauer it goes into depth about the life and back story of the main character Chris McCandless. Throughout the book its depicts the highs and lows of Chris' life and his adventures of risk and self reinvention while out on the road and in the wild. Chris travels from state to state for several years and meets an eclectic amount of people who were very generous and kind. They young boy decided to left his home and his family to cleanse himself of societies impurities and to find what he really wants from his life. Sadly his journey was ended short but his story still lives on because of Krakauer and his readers.