He was only 25 years old when he died of starvation. Everyone he encountered and got close to thought he was following his dreams. His adventure into the Alaskan wilderness was all he talked about with his parents when he started college. At the beginning of each chapter of Into the Wild, there are quote(s) that relate to each chapter. The following quote was included at the beginning of chapter three from Wallace Stegner’s The American West as Living Space: “It should not be denied that being footloose has always exhilarated us.
What Chris did not expect was for him to die on his journey, but rather have it help him grow and gain new experiences. I believe it’s safe to say that Chris hated his family, his whole purpose of leaving was to divorce himself from his parents. "McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well—relieved that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it. He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family.”(pg.55) This quote shows how Chris wanted to prevent himself from committing the same mistakes his father did. He feared that by staying he would be distracted and never again have the chance to travel.
Into The Wild was a tremendous story which Shaun Callarman did not have many positive things to say about Chris McCandless, the main character. He went on this adventure to find out what life is all about in his own eyes. He wanted to see how different living in the wild really was compared to society because he was not satisfied with his living arrangements and household. Shaun’s quote says that he thinks “Chris McCandless was bright and ignorant at the same time. He had no common sense, and he had no business going into Alaska with his Romantic silliness.
Born in A Different Life Life on the road is an idealistic way to escape from societal problems. There is no denying that it grants individuals satisfaction by allowing them to fulfill their goals, as well as providing immense freedom and control over one’s life; however, it is a fundamentally illogical path to take due to nature’s malevolence. In Into The Wild, Krakauer writes a biography about a young man named Chris McCandless, in which he illustrates the similarities between himself and McCandless’s overly ambitious journey to accomplish feats in the wilderness. Coinciding with their similarities, they also faced an oppressive father figure at home, which lead the both of them to believe that their journey will provide them an answer to their problems at home. McCandless planned to survive in Alaska by living off the land while Krakauer wanted to be the first one to climb the Devil’s Thumb.
Christopher McCandless, whose life and journey are the main ideas of the novel “Into the Wild”, was about an adolescent who, upon graduating from Emory College, decided to journey off into the Alaskan wilderness. He had given away his savings of $25,000 and changed his name to Alex Supertramp. His voyage to Alaska took him two years during which he traveled all across the country doing anomalous jobs and making friends. He inevitably made it to Alaska were he entered the wilderness with little more than a few books, a sleeping bag and a ten pound bag of rice. A couple months after his first day in the wild, his body was found in an abandoned bus.
Into the Wild, a book by Jon Krakauer and a film by Sean Penn, is the story of a young man named Christopher McCandless, or as other people knew him as “Alex Supertramp.” McCandless came from a wealthy family and graduated from Emory University as a top athlete. Instead of pursuing a career, he gave his money to charity, then he set out on a journey to Alaska, to find happiness. Eventually he perished on August 18, 1992 (aged 24). McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness, due to starvation. He lived in the wilderness for about three months, his body was discovered by a hunter looking for shelter, on September 6, 1992.
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.
"If I haven't escaped so many chances of death as plenty of others, still it is surprising to find myself a survivor, and it's not a lot I have always wanted. There has been so much to be said for being in the good company of the dead." 8) After he returned from the army he was restless and unsatisfied. Then in 1921, Percy Farrar invited him to be part of the first Everest expedition in 1922, he eagerly accepted the invitation. Though the Everest expedition of 1922 was not successful.
Erik Weihenmayer wrote the story “Everest” about reaching the summit of Mount Everest as a blind person. Weihenmayer has taken many risks of climbing mountains without one of the most important senses, his eyesight. In these two stories, they talk about the struggles of climbing mountains, but also the triumph of reaching their goals. In “The Devils Thumb” by Jon Krakaeur, the perspective is from the view point of a solo climber. In the story it says, “Writing these words more than a dozen years later, it’s no longer entirely clear just how I thought soloing the Devils Thumb would transform my life” (157).
Gallien describes the group of “People from Outside” (4), as individuals who see Alaska on a magazine and decide to go there to solve their current problems in life, only to underestimate the terrain and to find out that “it isn’t like the magazines make it out to be”(4) . Without having the appropriate gear, it is surprising that McCandless thrived for so long. However, his uninformed survival tactics is what ended his
When an authoritarian parent takes control, it often times leads to a dysfunctional family, where conflicts arise and children gain the urge to rebel for various reasons. In Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer describes Chris McCandless as an intelligent 24-year-old graduate student who loved exploring the outdoors. One day Chris decided to hitchhike to Alaska, hoping to find a new life for himself. However, after years of experiencing a traumatic childhood, we find out that the main reason Chris hitchhiked to Alaska was to sever ties with his parents because of his father’s secret affair. Understanding the dynamics of family can help us understand how different parenting styles can affect how a child grows
When on his dangerous climb, Krakauer is truly convinced that this experience will change his life. Krakauer creates a narrative parallel between himself and Chris. Throughout the book, Krakauer has kept to a journalist point of view. In this chapter, he slightly abandons that perspective and is more up front with his own personal experiences. Because of his sharing of his own into the wild experience, the reader can grow more sympathy towards McCandless and the actions that he
Before the written novel “Into the wild”, Chris’ story had just been another told story of an idiotic man fighting for his manly hood, thus for he died and failed to accomplish. In January 1993, Jon Krakauer published McCandless’ story in that month’ issue of Outside magazine, getting numerous letters presuming the man was either mentally ill, or letters simply questioning his judgement. Inspired by the details of McCandless’ story, Krakauer wrote and published “Into The Wild” in 1996 about McCandless’ adventures, and how he may have had reasons for what he had done, reasons that weren’t apparent before hand. These adventures and reasons sparked varying responses among students, literary minds, alpinist and survivalists alike. Inspiring the
Paul Hockey was a one-armed man with absolutely no climbing experience. So… how exactly did he make it up Everest? He started out as just a man without an arm, making a living as a motivational speaker. Till one day, he asked himself, am I really going to consider myself disabled when I know I can conquer anything if I don’t give up. He had already lost his mother, father, step-father and his aunt to cancer and that motivated him very much.
McCandless shows that the expedition was self-discovery, to take a risk to improve his own life. Throughout his journey, McCandless lies in harsh environments as well as having several ways and chances to get home, but he does not take them. Many would try to say that risky lifestyles are dangerous and best to take the easiest approach especially since Chris dies in Alaska in his journey. Proving that risk can take your life or loved ones, but that is why it is important to do risky choices in life since it pays back in the long run. The last thing Chris wrote was, “I have had a happy life and thank the Lord.