1236 words - 5 pages
Into the Wild was written by Jon Krakauer in 1996. It is a nonfiction book with a main theme of finding your own happiness. In this book, the main character, Chris McCandless, journeys into the wild both literally and figuratively. Chris literally goes into the wild when he leaves civilization behind and ventures down a dangerous trail into the unpopulated forest of Alaska. Chris figuratively goes into the wild when he decides to leave everything and everyone that he knows behind. Chris goes into the wild in both these ways in hopes of finding happiness. In Chris’ early life, he appears to have everything; he has a wealthy family and is excelling in school. It is not until Chris learns a
1220 words - 5 pages
Professor Campbell Lanissa BelkENG 101 02 April 11th, 2014The dynamics of a father in Into the Wild feature prominently into Krakauer's narrative. Chris possesses two distinct father relationships, one with his biological father and one with nature. Chris' relationship with his father was not one that would be highly admired and resentment of his father ultimately resulted in the decisions he made with his withdrawal from society. His faith and appreciation for nature also resulted in the decisions he made with withdrawal from society as well. Chris believed that nature would take care of him, because nature had been there for him when no one else was. These strained and celebrated
1022 words - 4 pages
Exploring Into the WildKrakauer's style of writing is unique and rarely seen in other works. The way he chose to do the chronology is risky but he managed to make it successful. By clearly outlining the events of McCandless's journey readers can better understand the young alpinist and his experience. The letters and interviews give a clearer understanding of how McCandless influenced the lives of those he met while on his odyssey. The chronology of Into the Wild combined with the letters and interviews gathered by its author demonstrate the understanding and sympathy that Krakauer had for the Tolstoyan prodigy, Chris Mcandless.Instead of being like every other author, Krakauer chose to
917 words - 4 pages
Into the Wild Timeline
May 12, 1990: Christopher McCandless graduates from Emory University with honors. He tells his parents he is going to spend the summer in his Datsun driving around the country.
June 1990: Chris mails his final transcript to his parents and a short letter. This will be the last time they hear from him.
July 6, 1990: At Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada.
July 10, 1990: Leaves his car on the side of the road after a flash flood. He
gathers a backpack of items and sets out on foot.
July–August 1990: Hitchhikes to California where he meets Jan Burres and her boyfriend Bob. Later takes off and ends up in Cut Bank, Montana where he meets Wayne Westerberg.
1005 words - 4 pages
Into the wild is more morbidly fascinating than anything else. It is a journey into the psyche of a young man who, with seemingly all of the advantages that late Twentieth Century America can arm one with, decides to disappear into the flotsam of the country playing the part of an enlightened hobo (he takes the moniker 'Supertramp' as a way to christen his new identity). When I read I this book I was infuriated with Chris McCandless. It is normal to want to create a reality where it is you versus them. Who wants to work forty plus hours a week for a boss who would just as soon fire you so that he or she could keep their indoor pool heated during the winter? Who would want that really? No
1030 words - 4 pages
would have cut his adventure a little short. In addition, he does not cower to much of anything, his bravery led him to some pretty interesting place such as digging dead rats from farm equipment, diving waist deep in grime, muck, and not to mention stench, that is if you would consider all of that to be brave.
Set aside the trivial matter, his true bravery is shown in when he bold plunges himself into desolate
environments with out any form of human contact, or walking into the wilderness with little food, and hardly and equipment, knowing that he may never make the walk back out. He does this on several conditions and his bravest walk into the wild remains certainly, his last.
1884 words - 8 pages
that he will never speak to his parents (idiots) again.
He decided to change route to go to the Gulf of California, so he went by car. He met duck hunters that drove him to the Gulf. Then the author talked about the other hitchhikers: Gene Rosselini, John Waterman and Carl McCunn. They all went to Alaska, just like Chris and died.
After that Chris continued to canoe and got caught by the US officers when he was trying to get back into the US from Mexico. So he spent a night in jail. Krakauer then compared Chris to Everett Reuss. They both changed their names and they both disappeared.
Chris applied for an ID as Alex Supertramp and found a job in Los Angeles. New York Times published about
743 words - 3 pages
Chris McCandless went on a journey across America, getting away from the real world and enjoying his time on earth by doing what he wants to do. Most people think he is dumb for what he did and a lot think that he is a hero. He passed away August 18, 1992 in Alaska, where he wanted to travel. But after the the stuff he went through, was it worth it?
Chris McCandless wanted to go on a journey to see if he could survive in the Alaska’s wild, but was it worth it? In the book Into the Wild, while he was talking to Ron Frantz he said, “Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So
1500 words - 6 pages
Christopher Johnson McCandless was a hiker who also went by the name Alexander Supertramp and ventured into the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992 with a bit of food and equipment, hoping to live in isolation. Almost four months later, McCandless's body was found, weighing only 30kg. His story shocked many people and got the attention of magazine writer Jon Krakauer. At First he wrote a small article in the magazine Outside that sparked a lot of controversy with the readers. Since Krakauer got a lot of attention from his article, he decided to do more investigation on McCandless’s journey. Krakauer end up writing the book named Into the Wild and explains with plenty of detail McCandless’s
770 words - 4 pages
The book Into The Wild, written by Jon Krakauer, tells the story of Chris McCandless a young man who abandoned his life in search of something more meaningful than a materialistic society. In 1992 Chris gave his $ 25,000 savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, and burned all of his money to chase his dream. Chris’s legacy was to live in simplicity, to find his purpose, and to chase his dreams.
Chris McCandless’s decision to uproot his life and hitchhike to Alaska has encouraged other young adults to chase their dreams. Neal Karlinksy illustrates the love Chris had for nature in the passage, “He was intoxicated by the nature and the idea of a great
1040 words - 4 pages
In Jon Krakauer's novel Into the Wild, the main character, Chris McCandless, seeks nature so that he can find a sense of belonging and the true meaning of who he is. However, it is the essence of nature that eventually takes his life away from him. At the end of his life, he is discovers his purpose and need of other people. After Chris McCandless death in Alaska, Krakauer wrote Into the Wild to reflect on the journey that McCandless makes. Krakauer protrays McCandless as a young man who is reckless, selfish, and arrogant, but at the same time, intelligent, determined, independent, and charismatic. Along with the irony that occurs in nature, these characteristics are the several
843 words - 3 pages
Christopher McCandless, a free spirited wanderer and also the subject of Jon Krakauers book Into The Wild, ventured into the wilds of Alaska. His adventures were the most extravagant adventures that anyone could ever dream of experiencing. He befriended many people while on this great adventure and his death impacted the life of his family and many others . But many people speculate as to why he decided to take this certain path in his life. One important obstacle that really stands out in the book, is that he didn't want the life that his parents were planning out for him. He was a free spirit, longing for adventure and excitement, and no one, not even his parents, could understand
784 words - 4 pages
Since the booming release of Jon Krakauer’s book Into The Wild there has been controversy on whether or not what Chris McCandless, better known as Alex Supertramp, did was idiotic or heroic based on his journey. People’s opinions vary, like many things, based on their personal experiences. Seeing him either as some jerk kid who ditched a life that many people would kill for, to embark on this own endeavors in his life. Or, someone who truly knew what he wanted out of his life and went after it; which is something to be respected. Nonetheless Chris McCandless did not survive and his legacy is all that stands for him now.
Typically the people who viewed Chris’s story in a negative light
1795 words - 7 pages
to protect himself and returns to find him dead. Thornton's death "left a great void in him, somewhat akin to hunger, but a void which ached and ached, and which food could not fill" (London 98). This void was Buck's sacrifice to the wild: "John Thornton was dead. The last tie was broken. Man and the claims of man no longer bound him" (London 99). Buck breaks his ties with his comfort zone, the place where he has the love and protection of man and a happy life with no challenges, and whole-heartedly submits himself to the wild. Now he can find true happiness, thrive on the dangers of the wild and complete his transformation into "the dominant primordial beast" he was meant to become
1782 words - 7 pages
The book about Chris McCandless’s journey into the Alaskan bush, Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, received a lot of criticism about Chris being foolish for being unprepared. From the articles that I have read, most of the sources do believe that he was poorly prepared for his journey. But there are a few people who believe he was prepared mentally, and an even smaller amount believe he was fully prepared. I believe that Chris only knew what he was doing mentally. He did not have the correct tools or the developed skills to survive, for an extended period of time in the wild. But, he did know what he was about to get himself into. He planned out the trip and knew exactly what his risk factors
899 words - 4 pages
Into the Wild: Christopher McCandless’ Journey of Individuality
Individual simplicity is rarely a cornerstone in literary works. Yet, in the Transcendentalist movement of the 1830s and 1840s transcendentalist writers such as Emerson and Thoreau frequently discuss or illustrate individual simplicity in their works. Similarly, Krakauer describes this theme of individual simplicity in his novel Into the Wild, documenting and analyzing Christopher McCandless’ transcendentalist journey. In the novel Into the Wild, the character Christopher McCandless demonstrates the Transcendentalist characteristic of individual simplicity through his adventure to Alaska and his reflection on the journey to
738 words - 3 pages
Chris and his sister Corine are cowering in fear. The movie highlights more of the bad side of the parents compared to the book. This proves very effective in explaining the “unsavory secret past” that characterizes a Byronic hero, which may have led McCandless to seek a new meaning to life. As McCandless drives out of Atlanta in his Datsun, it begins Chapter 2 – Adolescence, indicating a new start to his life; he was seeking a new beginning.
The impressive acting of the characters in the movie emphasized the impact McCandless had on all of the people he met along his journey. Ronald Franz, who as noted in Into the Wild, “withdrew [his] church membership and became an atheist” (Krakauer 60
1336 words - 6 pages
puzzle pieces that make up Chris McCandles, and they are the friends that travelled with him on his journey into the wild.
I’ve decided to start my comparissons with a person McCandless worshipped, Jack London.
The largest similarities among London and Chris seem to be in their passion, intelligence and individualism, though, that is few among the many like attributes they share. “When the tramps organized a march across America to demand jobs in 1894, London hit the road with them-only to be arrested at Niagara Falls for ‘vagrancy’” (Jack). We see a little bit of the free spirited McCandless in London here, as well as their similar indifference to the law. The fact that Jack London was a
1030 words - 4 pages
Into the Wild, a novel written by Jon Krakauer, as well as a 2007 film directed by Sean Penn, focuses on the adventures of Christopher Johnson McCandless, a young individual who set out on a journey throughout the Western United States, wanting to get away from his family and society, going under an alter ego named “Alexander Supertramp”. There are many characteristics that describe McCandless, such as “naïve”, “adventurous”, and “independent”. In the book, Krakauer described McCandless as being very “intelligent”. While Krakauer assumes McCandless as “intelligent”, Penn considers McCandless as a “saint”.
To prove his theory of McCandless being “intelligent”, Krakauer wrote about the
1242 words - 5 pages
This book Into The Wild is about how a young man wants to get away from the world. He does escape from society, but ends up dying in the process. The author, Jon Krakauer, does a great job of describing Chris McCandless and his faults. Chris is an intelligent college graduate. He went on a two-year road trip and ended up in Alaska. He didn't have any contact with his parents in all of that time. Krakauer does a great job of interviewing everyone who had anything to do with McCandless from his parents, when he grew up, to the people who found his body in Alaska.
The story starts off with Chris hitchhiking in Alaska. He had decided to get away from
653 words - 3 pages
“Into the Wild” is a famous novel based on a true story written by Jon Krakauer. He actually wrote an article about a young Emory graduate Chris McCandless death. Later, he deeply investigates those facts which exactly led McCandless to a mysterious and miserable end. Story covers all the important aspects from the poor boy’s life including his family history. Author throughout the story remind the readers that McCandless’s adventure ends tragically. Chris McCandless was a very gifted athlete and scholar who belong to a rich family. He was an intelligent, idealistic young man who believes that to live alone in wilderness is the best option to live. He spends two years in disguise before
988 words - 4 pages
In Jon Krakauer’s book “Into the Wild”, Krakauer describes the travels of Chris McCandless, a young man, who travels alone into the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer details Chris’s painful demise from starvation was at the age of 24 in an abandoned bus deep in Alaska. According to Krakauer, Chris McCandless left for Alaska because he was seeking refuge from his betrayal by his father. Chris was searching for truth; something he could believe in after he had found out his dad led a double life; one with Chris and his mother and another with another woman and another son. It seems McCandless was looking to test himself; to prove he could survive in the wild without society, but mostly without his
1592 words - 6 pages
push bowling ball sized rocks downstream. “A few inches away sits a skull the size of a watermelon, think ivory fangs jutting from its bleached maxillae” (179). The analogy here was used to compare the bear’s skull that was found in the bus to the size of a watermelon. The comparison of the two tells how massive the bear must have been and generates fear of that bear before it was killed.
Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor Books, 1997. Print.
927 words - 4 pages
If someone’s advice could affect your future in a positive way, would you take it? Self-determination and morals push people to believe that others opinions are not needed to influence their own actions. That’s why in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild, and Werner Herzog’s documentary Grizzly Man the main characters all rebel against society and the people who tried to help them and result in a situation that could have been prevented. As human beings we are constantly making decisions that affect and shape our lives without acknowledging the value of others’ opinions that could potentially be beneficial to our decisions.
Someone once said “If you're the smartest
830 words - 4 pages
At the end of “Into the Wild” by John Krakauer epilogue, my view towards McCandless’s journey and death is emotionally similar to McCandless’s parents as they accept Chris’s death. Chris’s parents weren’t really involved in his life so they never really knew why he cut everyone off. My initial guess is that Chris got tired of his parents controlling his life and just wanted to get away. Throughout “Into The Wild” Chris’s parents seemed like they didn’t support or care about Chris, or they didn’t know how to show it, however my opinion about Chris’s parents did change because the author shined light on his parents and how they came to senses with their son’s death and that they actually
709 words - 3 pages
Artic Ambivalence Anecdote
In Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, he retells the story of a young man named Chris McCandless by putting together interviews, speaking with people who knew him, and using letters he writes to his companions. Chris McCandless also known as Alexander Supertramp is a bright young man and after graduating from Emory University with all honors, he abandons most of his possessions and travels around the west, making long lasting impact on whomever he meets. He then hitchhikes to Alaska where he is found dead. In chapter 14 and 15, both named “Stikine Ice Cap”, Jon Krakauer interrupts the boy's story and shares his anecdote of going to Alaska to climb a dangerous mountain
565 words - 2 pages
Obligation to Family The book ?Into the Wild? by Jon Krakauer is a story about a man by the name of Chris McCandless. He is a man who grew up in a DC suburb, graduated college and decides to change the ways of his life. He journeys across the country, and finds his way to Alaska. His means are to leave the material lifestyle and become at one with nature. During Chris?s adventure he seems to neglect all communication with his family and over look the fact that they care about his health and future.After Chris graduated high school he traveled the country and seldom kept in touch with his family. After being on the road for weeks Chris finally returned home, but within the next couple of
646 words - 3 pages
scarcity of game, the practicalities of bear protection, the importance of maps, the truths of the land. He was too intent on creating the story of himself.” Simpson basically said that McCandless was selfish kid who cared more for what he thinks than what others say. Others also saw McCandless as selfish, one whose name is Judith Kleinfeld. Her thoughts about McCandless where, “This kid drives me wild. ...OK, the boy had "issues" with his father, but Chris McCandless had no problems with his mother, who sewed him the sleeping bag that turned into his shroud, or with his younger sister, whom he professed to love.” Kleinfeld Thought McCandless didn’t care as much as he said he did because if he did
1053 words - 4 pages
Into the Wild, a novel written by Jon Krakauer, as well as a film directed by Sean Penn, talks about Chris McCandless, a young individual who set out on a journey throughout the Western United States, isolating himself from society, and more importantly, his family. During his travels, he met a lot of different people that in a way changed his ways about how he sees the world. There are many characteristics to describe McCandless, such as “naïve”, “adventurous”, and “independent”. In the book, Krakauer described McCandless as “intelligent”, using parts in his book to prove his theory. While Krakauer thinks of McCandless as being “intelligent”, Penn thinks of McCandless as a
1398 words - 6 pages
Into The Wild
Everybody expects to see the best parts of the book when going to see a movie that is based on a book, but most of the time “The book is better than the movie” and that is what happened in Into the Wild. The movie’s theme is somehow same but the way it is presented quite different than the book. The book Into The Wild, is a travel essay written by Jon Krakauer. It is about a young suburban man from a well to do family who hitched hiked to Alaska without informing his family. He was Christopher Johnson McCandless, a fine man but stubborn with his own idealism. He disappeared immediately after graduating from college with honors on the summer of 1990, donated his grad school
1163 words - 5 pages
Living in a civilized society and in the wild are two totally different experiences. Life in a civilized society is well organized and developed; people can enjoy a comfortable and convenient life because of its agriculture, technology and art. In contrast, being in the wild is going back to nature where no humans are involved. Nevertheless, some people still choose to live in the wild. In Jon Krakauer's novel "Into The Wild", a young man named Chris McCandless gave up a civilized life and hitchhiked to the wilderness of Alaska. His decision is partly influenced by Jack London's novel "The Call of the Wild". The book is about how a civilized dog, Buck, goes back to the wild. Both Buck and
1705 words - 7 pages
Jon Krakauer, fascinated by a young man in April 1992 who hitchhiked to Alaska and lived alone in the wild for four months before his decomposed body was discovered, writes the story of Christopher McCandless, in his national bestseller: Into the Wild. McCandless was always a unique and intelligent boy who saw the world differently. Into the Wild explores all aspects of McCandless’s life in order to better understand the reason why a smart, social boy, from an upper class family would put himself in extraordinary peril by living off the land in the Alaskan Bush. McCandless represents the true tragic hero that Aristotle defined. Krakauer depicts McCandless as a tragic hero by detailing
906 words - 4 pages
Into the Wild, a novel written by Jon Krakauer, as well as a film directed by Sean Penn, talks about Chris McCandless, a young individual who set out on a journey throughout the Western United States, isolating himself from society, and more importantly, his family. During his travels, he meets a lot of different people, that in a way, change his ways about how he sees the world. There are many characteristics to describe McCandless, such as “naïve”, “adventurous”, and “independent”. In the book, Krakauer described McCandless as “intelligent”, using parts in his book that show McCandless being “intelligent”. While Krakauer thinks of McCandless as being “intelligent”, Penn thinks of
1024 words - 5 pages
Into the wild is a non-fiction autobiographical book written by Jon Krakauer. The book, Into the wild, a controversial foray into the eccentric life of Christopher McCandless, is a true story based on a life of a young man. Many readers view Chris’ journey as an escape route to get away from his family and his old life. The setting of a book often has a significant impact on the story itself. Different settings in the book contribute to the main Characters’ actions and to the theme as a whole. This can be proven by these points: Theme of Young manhood; Theme of Survival in the wilderness and independent happiness.
The settings in the story have different impacts on the theme of Young
1157 words - 5 pages
“Into The Wild” by John Krakauer is a non-fiction biographical novel which is based on the life of a young man, Christopher McCandless. Many readers view Christopher’s journey as an escape from his family and his old life. The setting of a book often has a significant impact on the story itself. The various settings in the book contribute to the main characters’ actions and to the theme as a whole. This can be proven by examining the impact the setting has on the theme of young manhood, the theme of survival and the theme of independent happiness.
The settings in the story have impacts on the theme of young manhood. Chris leaves his family and decides to go on a journey to find a new
681 words - 3 pages
Into the wild is a book about a young man, who leaves society to hitchhike to Alaska and walk alone in the wilderness. “Christopher Johnson McCandless graduated from Emory University in May 1990 with a degree in history and anthropology”p.20. “toward the end of june, chris mailed his parents a copy of his final grade report.”p.21. He was a well educated man. He had many opportunities in life to be successful. “It was the last anyone in chris family would ever hear from him”.p.22. By August, Chris’ parents received his grades in the mail. He asked the post office to delay them mailing his final grades to his family.
The time this book takes place is the late 90s. Most of this book
1113 words - 5 pages
In today’s world, we live in a society where we are subjected to follow rules, which are placed upon us by the society. Many people are faced with the dilemma of whether or not to follow the ideals of other people, or pursue their ideals and go against the prevailing conventions. In “Selections from Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, the author talks about a man named McCandless who went into the Alaskan wilderness in order to find his true self. His journey was also to escape from the societal norms of society. A person who goes into the wilderness believes that they can live their life with brute simplicity. This gives them little to no time with the complicated problems of modern society
1305 words - 5 pages
In journalist, Jon Krakauer biography, Into the Wild (1996), he describes the adventure of Christopher McCandless, a young man that ventured into the wilderness of Alaska hoping to find himself and the meaning of life. He undergoes his dangerous journey because he was persuade by of writers like Henry D. Thoreau, who believe it is was best to get farther away from the mainstreams of life. McCandless’ wild adventure was supposed to lead him towards personal growth but instead resulted in his death caused by his unpreparedness towards the atrocity nature.
Many people were puzzled on why the young man decided to go on such an expedition without being properly prepared. His death has led to a
2243 words - 9 pages
The existentialist is one who is concerned only with that intense moment of awareness with only his senses at his disposal, never looking to the future – the most living awareness. McCandles, the protagonist, in Into the Wild has come to the realization that existence is already being dead and accepting the fact that life is absurd and marvelous. embraced the sublime absurdity of existence by renouncing the language games society plays. What is so enticing about the existentialist is that he is not concerned with the pressure of appearances and small talk which society employs to lie about what they think and feel. Existentialism is accepting the inevitability of death and living life
1217 words - 5 pages
Into the Wild is the story of the smart, young and adventurous Chris McCandless who left his family and hometown in his early 20s to explore the wilderness. His story, filled with adventures across the continent (and border at one point), unfortunately comes to an end in his "Great Alaskan Adventure" when he gets trapped inside the Alaskan Tundra, eats paralyzing wild potato seeds and dies on August 18th 1992 because of starvation. McCandless had unique beliefs when it came to society. Ever since his death, many people have been inspired by his beliefs and have either gone into the wild or alienated themselves from society in a way. In an attempt to clear up all the confusion about the
966 words - 4 pages
. Especially because he was not materialistic when it came to possessions such as cars or houses. Something that caught my attention is his ideologies about nature, his courage to go into the wild alone and the way he was fascinated by the nature, the sky and the small joys of life.
McCandless was a fearless human being. I think that most of the people’s ideologies and personalities have to do with how they were raised by the parents and everything that was taught to them. When a lack of love exists from a parent towards his child, a hate can be created without knowing it. McCandless could have gone away from society to escape reality or, for being in a place where he could find himself at
1211 words - 5 pages
Numerous people get sensible and feel miserable at the sight of cruel remarks on what they believe is sacred. Jon Krakauer wrote the book, Into the wild, to express his thoughts about his disapproval on what several people assume about Christopher McCandless, the main character. This people label McCandless stupid for leaving to Alaska without the vital equipment. To prove that he is not “stupid” for doing this he used appeal to pathos, appeal to logos and appeal to ethos.
By comparing Krakauer’s own life experiences and other peoples too to McCandless, he gave a little perspective and demonstrated that the negative remarks of many people were not correct for someone else had performed
1157 words - 5 pages
proud enough of his achievements to boast to his father that "[his] grades would be good enough to get into Harvard Law school." (119). His father's approval is a driving force that teaches Chris to excel in what he does. Once he completes University Chris thinks the path to law school is too comfortable and foreign to his passion for nature. His sister Carine knows him best and thinks that while in University "His life hummed with meaning and purpose.” he embarks on his journey into the wild because “The meaning he wrested from existence lay beyond the comfortable path"(184). Chris values hard work and knows that relying on his own abilities to survive in the wilderness is much harder than a
1514 words - 6 pages
The distinction between whether an individual is to be considered a hero or a coward lies in their death. The difference is the impact, and the impact differs for a hero than a coward. When a hero dies, the magnitude of the impact on society is greater as society reflects on all the positive achievements that have been accomplished. Their death is more of a rebirth of a soul, the rebirth of hope. However, a coward dies many times before their actual death. The mistakes and tragic falls are considered to be these multiple deaths. “The valiant never taste of death but once”, a quote said by William Shakespeare. Throughout the novel of Into the Wild by Jon Krakeur, Chris McCandless is thought
776 words - 4 pages
Transcendentalism was an American philosophical movement of the early nineteenth century. It revolved around
the idea that the unthinking conformity of the surrounding society was not sufficient enough in life. Henry David
Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson were notable figures in this movement. Emerson once urged his followers to search
for “an original relation to the universe”. It is evident that the best way to become a transcendentalist is to sacrifice your
life at hand and form a strong bond with the nature around you. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer showcased Christopher
McCandless, a man who was inspired by these early transcendentalist figures, and by the end of his
1120 words - 5 pages
Sean Penn and Jon Krakauer highlighted certain features of McCandless’ personality through certain relationships in Into The Wild the book and movie. Both artists highlight McCandless’ rebelliousness in the relationship between his parents and himself. On the other hand both artists took a different approach to his struggle with intimacy in his relationship to Ron Franz.
Krakauer used the relationship between McCandless and his parents to emphasize his rebelliousness. Krakauer uses a letter McCandless wrote to show how he felt about his parents offer to buy him a new car and pay for law school. The letters tone showed how much McCandless despised his parents and rebelled against them
1370 words - 5 pages
they felt like. Don’t get me wrong I love my life but some days I wish I could do what they did, just throw away all my possessions and worries and just do what I really want to do. Bob Marshal put it best when he said “For me, and for thousands with similar inclinations, the most important passion of life is the overpowering desire to escape periodically from the clutches of a mechanistic civilization. To us the enjoyment of solitude, complete independence, and the beauty of undefiled panoramas is absolutely essential to happiness” (Outdoorclub).
Ever since man began to explore we have had a desire to conquer and know the unknown. In the days of the Wild West young men would move their
1634 words - 7 pages
First Last NameEnglish 101Professor XNovember 30, 2009Mother Nature's Wild SonsThe Alaskan wild is a merciless region with dangers lurching just about everywhere; for one to venture into them, they must be well prepared to encounter harsh weather and limited resources (Carter). People everywhere have marveled as to why someone like Christopher Johnson McCandless would undertake the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness, and why he chose to carry out his journey in the way he did: with no possessions and with no word home. Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild, offers up a whole variety of interesting theories as to why anyone would willingly abandon civilized society. He considers such reasons as
1164 words - 5 pages
are told, the crave to know what is beyond each wall, over each mount, and across each ocean. They want their reality to be their own wild and true experiences in nature. Chris went out into the world to seeking truth. Instead of being told or given what he sought, he wanted to find the answers to his own questions. For example, Chris wanted an answer about his father, and it was only when he went outside the bubble of lies he was fed and into the world that he found the truth of how terrible a person his father truly was. Similarly, and less negatively, Chris wanted to know what Baja, Mexico, was like so instead of googling it, he bought a canoe and floated down the Colorado River. Chris’s
1084 words - 4 pages
Materialism is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "a preference for material objects as opposed to spiritual or intellectual pursuits" (172). Life in 2002 is very materialistic. I am a part of a generation that has been focused on "what we have". Materialism is something that I have just realized is an issue for me. Into the Wild and The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass opened my eyes to how complicated materialism makes life. After completing the novels, I visited with my mother as she has had a different experience in her lifetime. I also interviewed my wife as she has a different upbringing from myself. All of this information has provided for a new