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    Chris, The Wilderness Hero Chris McCandless was a very heroic young man. In the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer he demonstrated independence, bravery, and youthfulness. Chris (or as he liked to be called Alexander Supertramp) was a young man who hitchhiked to Alaska to see what living off the wilderness was like. Chris was a hero because he inspired so many with his fearlessness with what he did in his life. Chris was a hero because he was fearless, brave, and independent. Chris demonstrates

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    The perception of wilderness can be problematic. One of the most prominent points that Cronon made in his evaluation is the ideology that wilderness is an illusion to escape reality. This perception can be ambiguous because it segregates humanity from nature, by establishing the idea that wilderness is separate from everyday life. Also, Cronon calls attention to the issue of dividing the land and calling it wilderness. The issue of this isolation is that it disintegrates humans and nature, rather

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    in the wilderness by eliminating all distractions from civilization and experiencing the beauty that wilderness has to offer. Others receive inner peace from wilderness because the wilderness gives them a sense of belonging and silence to channel their inner emotions. Some people get the sense of accomplishment by proving to themselves that they can do anything by staying in the wilderness for an extended period of time with or without the help of others. While they are in the wilderness for this

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    When thinking of the wilderness one might picture a scene from a camp site. Untamed dense forest, and endless jungle probably come first to mind and although this might be one meaning of wilderness, Mellor’s perception of wilderness and pastoral opens our thoughts on how we view the unpredictable and the known. In “Lure Of The Wilderness” by Leo Mellor, he shows the meaning of the unexplored wilderness and the surprises that come with the unknown, while humans try to tame what is wild and create

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    Wilderness belongs to you. Guess who owns millions of acres of American wildlands? You. You own magnificent red-rock canyons and beautiful turquoise rivers. You own barren desert plains and looming jagged mountain peaks. You own frozen Arctic tundra, endless southern wildflower fields and refreshing cool northern forests. All these iconic wild places are part of your "great American backyard." Wilderness is a type of protection given to the most pristine wildlands left on Earth — areas within national

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    The Wilderness Idea

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    Wilderness Idea The wilderness is a valuable resource for scientific, educational, scenic, and historical research. Presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt advocated the preservation of the American wilderness for its national history, beauty, and traditions. However, as the American society evolved to live in the city, the suburbs, and other residential areas, the wilderness was becoming a wasteland that numerous companies intended to build houses, factories, and cities. William Stegner, a prolific

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    Chris McCandless was a guy who thought it would be a brilliant idea to go out into the wilderness and live out there. He made many mistakes with living in the wilderness for starters he was very ill prepared, Chris did not bring enough food to survive and with that he had to find his own food. When Chris started to leave he decided he's going to get rid of all his money and so he burned some of it and gave the rest of the money to charity. Chris hunted little animals and then he killed a moose he

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    necessities. Most people would turn away at the idea of it, but Chris McCandless found the allure of the wilderness greater than the risk. According to the book Into the Wild, “No longer would he answer to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny.” (23) McCandless’s life was filled with family problems, and he wanted to truly find himself in the depths of the Alaskan wilderness. He knew that his journey could very easily result in his death, but he didn’t care. He was worried

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    fairly average lives, with big aspirations for their future. Both men had the same intentions in mind, to set out on the road to Alaska. Their aspirations of Alaska had the same overall dream to live off the land. McCunn went to remain in the wilderness and shoot pictures of wildlife. McCandless went to live a simple life in nature without materialistic influence. They both made it to Alaska and lived their dream for a short time. McCunn ended his journey in the interior and remote part of Alaska

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    and the purpose of life. Throughout the book, Krakauer documents the intoxicating/galvanizing life and death of Christopher Jon McCandless, aka Alexander Supertramp, a young hitchhiker that embarked on an Alaskan Odyssey to explore himself and the wilderness. Like many before him, McCandless thought that he could give is his life meaning by pursuing a relationship solely with nature. McCandless had “an impractical fascination with the harsh side of nature. (85) He also believed that declining human

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    apply his knowledge when he went into the wilderness of Alaska in 1992. Into the Wild, a biography written by Jon Krakauer, is about Chris’s story of after he graduated high school and went into the wild. Right after he went to high school, he traveled the country in his yellow datsun, met amazing people, and came back to finish college. After finishing college with a degree, he went hitchhiking across the country again and went into the alaskan wilderness, without ever coming back alive. Chris McCandless

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    Nature In Gilgamesh

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    themselves influenced in comparable ways by the uncultivated regions in which they travel in. Their mutual experiences through the wilderness serve as a formation of serenity and composure; and to the characters, the exposure of the wilderness converts into a journey of self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, Enkidu’s connection with the wilderness serves to maintain a sense of harmony and peace. Agitated by Gilgamesh’s tyranny, the people of Uruk request Aruru to create

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    Chris Mccandless Passage

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    This passage seems extremely significant to the description of Chris McCandless’ journey because it emphasizes his beliefs and incentive to go off into the Alaskan wilderness. By further analyzing this excerpt, you can easily see Chris McCandless’ complete devotion to the idea of getting out into the world and escaping from the capitalistic government. Simply, McCandless wants to live for himself. The way he urges Ron Franz to simply move on with his life, "put a little camper on the back of your

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    landscape of the new world was seen in many ways. Some saw it as beautiful, and a means to wealth, while others saw it as desolate. Christopher Columbus thought the new world was beautiful, while Mary Rowlandson saw the land as, “…vast and desolate Wilderness…” (Rowlandson, 489). The two saw the land differently, which could have been due to their vastly different circumstances. Columbus saw the land as beautiful, and when he landed on the island of Cuba in 1492, he said that, “this island even exceeds

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    to do a dangerous climb on the Devil’s Thumb in Alaska alone. “[…] I got it into my head to climb the mountain called the Devils Thumb. […] I decided, moreover, to do it alone,” (Krakauer 134-135). This mirrors Chris’ dream to live in the Alaskan wilderness.

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    a lot and did some of the things that henry did in his life when he went into the wilderness himself.. Mccandless tried to live without modern day technology,and he didn’t ever let society tell him what he needs to do. Chris actually took one of henry’s book with him when he went to alaska. Henry had actually went into the wilderness to explore nature and to explore the world. Mccandless went into the wilderness not really to explore nature or to explore the world but to actually find himself.

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    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. In this essay I am going to examine stories

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    While looking into McCandless’s Alaskan experience, it is clear that he entered unprepared. It is still unclear whether McCandless should be solely looked down upon because of this mistake. Carol Burbank proposes to look at McCandless in a different perspective. She focuses on leadership and the possible leadership qualities McCandless may possess. Burbank seems to have a view that is in between the extremes. She writes “we are always both heroic and foolish, whether we succeed or fail”(Burbank 2)

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    need to tell them where he was going minute by minute. He was an adult and understood what the consequences were. Ever since Mccandless was a kid he was isolated, he felt that he didn’t belong in the world he lived in. However, going into the wilderness have him a sense of responsibility and total severance from his past. "To symbolize the total severance from his past life, he received another name," (Krakauer 23). “Alexander Supertramp” was his wild persona. Perhaps he got his last name Supertramp

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    Windstorm Forest Muir

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    A Windstorm in the Forest by: John Muir In A Windstorm in the Forest by John Muir, we learn that he is very passionate about the wilderness. He writes about going on an adventure; his adventure takes place in Mount Shasta, California, one of the Sierra Mountains. The author begins the story by explaining how as he was out enjoying a walk he came across a path where a hurricane had occurred. Interested in what the road had to show he continues to explore it he then comes across the valleys of the

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