Fettered To Fancied Freedom Essay

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An obsession can begin with the smallest of events. Ideas, real or fancied, of what one’s life could be like without the ties that bind them, positive or negative, consume the mind and create visions of freedom from the demands of family, government, or even society as a whole. McCandless’s discovery of his parent’s indiscretions was the onset of his obsession; an obsession which grew exponentially over a short period of time that fettered him to the notion that to be truly happy and free, he must rid himself of everyone he had ever known and everything he had ever owned. McCandless became enslaved to his conception of real freedom. His notion of freedom was extreme, to say the least. It involved an elaborate plan to abandon his parents; separate himself from society; erase himself from the governmental grid; to ultimately arrive at the realization that to experience real freedom in happiness it, must be shared. The discovery of McCandless’s parent’s indiscretions set in motion the first step in his plan: freedom from them both.
McCandless’s utter repugnance for his parents caused something to snap within him resulting in his desire to remove them from his life, thus becoming free of their demands, judgments, and inquisitions. Krakauer explains; “Children can be harsh judges when it comes to their parents, disinclined to grant clemency, and this was especially true in Chris’s case" (122). The standards some parents set for their children are often unattainable and often come from a place of their own failures and shortcomings. In McCandless’s case, this is exactly what happened. Walt and Billie had demanded so much of Chris physically, academically, and morally, that when he was made aware of their indiscretions, his eyes were opened to their moral failures and felt deceived. Krakauer goes on to say that Chris, “measured himself and those around him by an impossibly rigorous moral code" (122). The two most important, long-term, influences in his life had failed him and because McCandless was such an extremist in almost everything he did and believed in, it was practically impossible for him to comprehend their actions or feel sympathy towards them, let alone forgive them their transgressions. McCandless’s obsession for freedom did not stop there. He commenced to methodically remove himself from society as well.
Once McCandless had freed himself from the stronghold of his parents, he began to withdrawal from his personal ties to society as well. “He invented a new life for himself, taking up residence at the ragged margin of our society, wandering across North America in search of raw, transcendent experience” (Author’s Note). Some people are of the opinion that by merely dropping off of the proverbial societal grid, freedom can be found. It is through the maturation process that one discovers there is more to being free than cutting the ties that bind us to society. McCandless’s last step, in cutting the ties to those in...

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