Into the Wild Essays

  • Into The Wild

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    Into The Wild “Although he was rash, untutored in the ways of the backcountry, he wasn 't incompetent—he wouldn 't have lasted 113 days if he were”. This comment from Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild conveys his belief that young Christopher McCandless who is the focus of his novel may have been young and inexperienced in regards to the Alaskan wilderness but he was capable of basic survival as he had demonstrated during his many day’s surviving the brutal environment of the Alaskan frontier

  • Transcendentalism In Into The Wild

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    Henry David Thoreau express transcendentalism. They express it by living in the wild. Both Into the Wild and Walden show similar beliefs. Both authors express beliefs of individualism, self-wisdom, and nature. Krakauer’s Into the Wild and Thoreau’s Walden expresses beliefs that respect cannot be bought, simplicity, and mind your own business. Chris McCandless does not believe that resect can be bought. In Into the Wild McCandless says “… they will think they have bought my respect” (Krakauer 21).He

  • Individualism In Into The Wild

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    and then makes his way to Alaska to live into the wild, which will be his last stop. When in the wild, the transcendentalist ideals shine through as having a positive effect, however, when living in society and reflecting back on society, they reflect a negative response on human nature.When on his own, Chris sees the beauty in the world around him, but with noise and money and working people, he sees the cluttered nonsense of this world. Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer reflects transcendental ideas through

  • Hubris In Into The Wild

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    An idea that played a big role throughout the book Into The Wild is the subtle line between hubris (excessive pride or self confidence) and deliberately living one’s life on the edge. Several Alaskans state that Chris McCandless brought about his own demise by going into the wild without sufficient respect for the wilderness. Others believe that Chris understood the risks he took and that he did so deliberately because he wished to push himself to the limits of his ability. The question would be

  • Materialism In Into The Wild

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    Eddie Vedder’s song “No Ceiling” expresses many of the themes in Krakauer’s Into the Wild. A very evident theme is the theme of isolation and independence. In the book, Chris left home for many reasons, however, a very large part of it seemed to be his family problems back home. Chris not only suffered from his parents fighting all the time, but he also found out that his dad had been lying to him for his entire life. As Krakauer puts it, “When Walt’s double life came to light, the revelations inflicted

  • Into The Wild Risks

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    a new life for himself. He embraces the ideas and morals of Thoreau and Emerson in his journey. In the book, a man by the man by the name of Westerberg discusses about how McCandless is not destroying his possessions and journey around the wild because the wild he is suicidal or unintelligent. “You could tell right away that Alex was intelligent…He always had to know the absolute right answer before he could go on to the next thing.” (Krakauer 18). McCandless shows that the expedition was self-discovery

  • Hubris In Into The Wild

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    been so confident that you took a risk that might have not been a good idea? In the nonfiction book Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer describes the life of Chris McCandless and the journeys he went on. Chris McCandless was an intelligent guy who would rather have been living and surviving in the woods somewhere rather than in a nice suburban house. He found peace and challenge in living in the wild which made it enjoyable for Chris. Chris McCandless was guilty of hubris. Chris McCandless has been hubris

  • Into The Wild Thesis

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    Into the Wild Final Essay Outline: Working thesis statement; Jon Krakauer's “Into the Wild” is a story that highlights the tenants of transcendentalism and its presence of challenging the societal norms of materialism and conformity. Main Topics: Chris McCandless’s journey as a manifestation of transcendentalism. The Role of Nature in McCandless’s Transformation and Transcendentalism. The critic of modern society, and its values in “Into the Wild.” The controversy surrounding McCandless’s actions

  • Into The Wild Analysis

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    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

  • Foreshadowing In Into The Wild

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    had. After attending college and receiving a bachelor’s degree, Chris abandoned his family and possessions in order to search and see what "God has placed around us to discover" (57). Jon Krakauer explains his story in the nonfiction book "Into the Wild" by following his journal and interviewing people whom he met along the way. McCandless tried to keep from forming relationships with many people and his family, besides his sister; therefore, he clearly exhibits introvert tendencies. Before McCandless

  • The Call Of The Wild

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    My opinion on the novel The Call of the Wild changed a lot through the story. The Call of the Wild was a pretty good book, but sometimes I did not understand why some things were happening. Throughout the whole book I only did not understand, or did not like a few things. I liked most of the parts so first i’ll tell you what i liked What I liked the most about The Call of the Wild was that John Thornton saved buck from Hal and Mercedes. I also liked when Buck and the other dogs made the record

  • Existentialism In Into The Wild

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    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. In Selections from Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer writes about the story of Chris McCandless, as he retraces the steps of McCandless’ journey with his friends, which demonstrates the existential aspects of McCandless’ journey. Although Klosterman focuses on his

  • Into The Wild Papers

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    Into The Wild Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer is a Biography about Chris McCandless a man who set off on a Journey or perhaps a suicide mission in May of 1990. With very little preparation and little to no training, Chris set off on this mission to live off the land in Alaska where it soon becomes clear that his decision to leave his hometown of Annandale, Virginia with no trace and his parents and 3 sisters behind was not at all Justifiable. First and foremost Chris McCandless grew up in what

  • Individualism In Into The Wild

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    The movie 'Into the Wild' follows the story of a young man named Chris McCandless who abandoned his comfortable lifestyle and set out on a journey of self-discovery in the wilderness of nature to escape the rotten modern world. Based on a non-fiction book, the movie visualizes his adventure and adds poetic picturesques to the story, helping the audience get a better picture of what has driven the man into such decisions.   Christopher’s theory aligns with the philosophy of 19th-century essayist Ralph

  • Unprepared In Into The Wild

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    Taking a journey into an unknown state can cause many problems, but with no map or proper equipment, more problems arise. In the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Chris wanted to escape reality/society but he went into the adventure blindsided and unprepared. He did many things and didn’t think of his family and friends back home. When Chris left his whole life behind, he did some questionable things that made him a reckless and arrogant person by not being prepared, throwing his life away, and

  • Ignorance In Into The Wild

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    arriving to Alaska, where his adventure tragically ends by his death. In Jon Krakauer’s biography, Into the Wild, Chris, the protagonist, embarks on a two year journey around the West Coast of America after his college graduation. Krakauer portrays Chris as a crazy, ignorant young adult to demonstrate his resistance to conform with society by risking his life. In the biography, Into the Wild, Chris McCandless takes on many dangerous journeys to break from social norm, but also put his life

  • Into The Wild Theme

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    The movie Into the wild written by Sean Penn is a drama/biography type of movie. Which is also based on a true story. The movie is about a wealthy boy who just graduated from college. Instead of profiting from his career, he decided to donate all his savings to a charity. He then cuts himself off from society and sets out to go on a journey into the wilderness. Chris felt trapped by society and wanted to desert it. The theme of the movie is to enjoy the finer things in life and to not focus so much

  • Betrayal In Into The Wild

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    The film Into the Wild is a true story about a young man named Chris Mccandless, who is an Emory graduate eventually found dead in the Alaskan wilderness in September 1992, at the age of 24. Chris grew up in a wealthy Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. and was an expectational student, who from an early age expressed his love and passion for nature. After graduating high school he took the summer traveling the country alone, which he discovers his father secretly had another family during his childhood

  • Call Of The Wild: The Dog In Call Of The Wild

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    The novel, Call of the Wild, is always giving you that jaw-dropping expression on your face while reading about the interesting events that go down within these pages of excellence. The main character of this legendary novel is a dog named Buck. He is a huge dog that is half Saint Bernard and half Scottish Shepherd. What’s so fascinating is that the main character is not just some ordinary human, which most novels contain, but in fact, a dog that goes through drastic change and experiences true pain

  • Idealism In Into The Wild

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    McCandless was a man that lived a very short but eventful and extraordinary life that had a lot of meaning, so much so that a novel was made to tell his life story. When the author, Jon Krakauer, wrote the story of Christopher McCandless in “Into the Wild” he developed a lot of themes throughout the novel that had significant impact to the story, as those themes affected the decisions and outcomes in McCandless’s life. Although the novel may have had many themes when reading throughout the story two