After reading Into The Wild, I have begun to speculate whether or not Christopher McCandless was just a depressed yet intelligent young man or if he had several other mental abnormalities. Growing up, Chris had a very nice home, went to a good school, had plenty of friends, and received everything he ever wanted from his parents. To some people, this might seem great, but to others, like Christopher, this life was just not enough. I began to wonder if Chris was just a spoiled brat, or if there was an emotional void that needed to be filled that caused him to leave. It is obvious that Christopher McCandless was outrageously intelligent; however, he suffered from extreme depression and possibly other mental impairments which
People at some point in their lives have been overly confident about a certain aspect. This confidence has either lead to something desirable or not so desirable. Jon Krakauer in a book he wrote titled Into The Wild writes about a man's adventure into the wild. Chris Mccandless, The main character in this title was born into a friendly family his mom Billie and his dad Walt. Mccandless has three siblings but is very close to his little sister Carine. In Into The wild, Krakauer narrates the last couple of journeys Mccandless had on his adventure to Alaska where he ultimately died. Mccandless Touched many people's lives through all of his journeys. Mccandless went on these journeys because he was confused in life when he figured out his dad had cheated on his mom. This changed Mccandless to the point he began to hate his parents. Mccandless had a lot of confidence in himself so he left on an adventure to find his identity. Mccandless wanted to find
In the beginning, McCandless starts his adventure by cutting himself off from all the human connections he had. He severs all ties from his family, including his sister which whom he was previously very close to. He burns his social security card, changes his name, and decides to travel across the country. Throughout his journey, Christopher often accounts for his parent’s wrongdoings for the reasons why he wanted to run away to Alaska. He subsists with a minimalist lifestyle and is disappointed in his parents’ behaviors and their materialism. In a letter penned to Wayne Westerberg, McCandless writes, “My days were more exciting when I was penniless” (Krakauer 33). He gets a thrill out of not knowing what will come his way each day. Being “penniless” furthers the sense of uncertainty. He even argues that, “Nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future” (Krakauer 40). In a way, everyday is a new adventure for Chris. This is why not only did 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
Chris McCandless was never too thrilled over following and living by the rules his parent's imposed. He was always a rebel, following his parents' rules until he could escape to the wild. When they learned of their son's demise in Alaska, they were devastated at most parents would be. They didn't know that the last time they saw Chris, would be their last because of his intention to leave them. Upon Chris disappearing from their lives, they were angry but thought they would see him again. As the days dragged on and they didn't hear from their son, the parents' anger quickly became worry. As I read how Chris's disappearance affected the family, I learned that judgment about someone can change when you learn of their death.
Some may believe that Chris McCandless went into the wild to escape the toxic relationship with his parents, but the real reason he left everything was to escape from the people that were trying to give him everything. Chris was a person that did not believe in the materialistic things. He believed in humanity and freedom.
All over the world, people read short stories, articles, and any other books. Those having numerous genres to choose from. Some make us question the actions of an individual, some are inspired by he/she, and some kind of angry at the person or character. Into the Wild is one of those books that makes you envision what that person must of gone through to do such a risky, yet adventurous journey alone. Some may or may not have the full picture of why Chris McCandless followed through with his journey. Although numerous may argue that McCandless’s family problems served as primary motivation for his journey, there is more evidence showing that it was the literature he read while he was in college.
In the book “Into the Wild” their was someone named Chris McCandless. Chris McCandless was someone who followed his feelings and set out to do what he thought was right. McCandless felt that he wanted to be happy, but in order to achieve that he had to go through many challenges. McCandless went through part of his life alone because of his own feelings and at the end figuring out what he really felt. The entire events that he went through finally lead him to feeling that he had to forgive the people he left behind.
In contrast to what some individuals may believe, Chris McCandless was not a lonely hermit who lived his life alone wanting no correlation with humans. Infact Chris had several friends at home in Virginia and met a number of people whom he became very close to on his expedition. In order for the audience to truly understand not only Chris’s actions but his mind, Krakauer uses several credible sources who knew or met Chris on his journey so that we can catch glimpse as to what made Chris tick. One person who is not crucial to the story however shares great insight the reasons behind Chris’s departure is Eric Hathaway. Eric was an old highschool friend of Chris’s, he remarks about something Chris said during cross-country. “He’d tell us to think
Chris McCandless was your typical college student, very fortunate family had the eligibility of going to many very great schools. The movie Into the Wild follows the life of McCandless, giving a better understanding of his life and his decisions,as well his rise to becoming Alexander Supertramp, but everyone ask why did he venture out into the wild?, even though he wasn't very bush like, he also had many opportunities to have profitable career so why did he decide to leave society, why did he leave all of his opportunities?.
What makes one head off into the wild, leaving behind everything? What may be the motvies? In “Sections from Into the Wild” Jon Krakauer examines Chris McCandless motives for why he went into the wild. Krakauer looks into McCandless “great Alaskan odyssey” (203). Knowing Chris’s motives it is alright to try escaping into the wild, but to a certain extent.
Going on a journey often can be the best way to find the purpose of life. Christopher McCandless is the main character of Into The Wild written by Jon Krakauer (1996) who goes on a very interesting journey to find his purpose of life. Christopher left his comfort zone of as middle-high class in order to experience the adventure in Alaska alone. Into The Wild is a story that reflects Christopher’s values and possible reason for Christopher’s unique journey.
I believe Callarman’s argument means that he is not very fond in the way McCandless chose to live his life in which he abandons civilization to go “Into The Wild.” Therefore I disagree with his statement in which he says that McCandless had no common sense because even though he was a Little ignorant McCandless learn the importance of nature and other stuff rather than material a lesson which many people never learn even when they say they do in reality they don’t. In the film of “Into The Wild” McCandless is a well rounded individual who doesn’t seem to be unhappy/angry with the way his life is going so when Callarman goes and calls him ignorant I agree but also disagree because in a sense everyone is ignorant when they are angry or stressed.
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