Into The Wild By John Krakauer

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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 were. Chris McCandless was either prepared mentally, both mentally and physically, or he was ill-prepared for his voyage.
Many people thought that Chris had no idea what he was doing and that he was very unprepared. In an article, written by Peter Christian, an Alaska Park Ranger, he talks about how Chris was unprepared for his trip: “First off, he spent very little time learning how to actually live in the wild. He arrived at the Stampede Trail without even a map of the area. If he had a good map he could have walked out of his predicament using one of several routes that could have been successful. …A bag of rice and a sleeping bag do not constitute adequate gear and provisions for a long stay in the wilderness.” Christian believed that Chris was very unprepared and if he would have had a map, he could have made it out of the wild alive. No one really knows if Chris could have, indeed, made it out using the map. But it could have helped him find one of three cabins located within a few miles of the bus. Christian also points out that a bag of rice and a sleeping bag will not be good enough for an extended stay in Alaska, Chris runs out of his rice within the first four to five weeks. This forced him to hunt animals and gather berries and other edible plants for him to eat. In another article, by Craig Medred, he addresses Chris’s mental state, “ “Personal identity is frequently disturbed in schizophrenia. Early symptoms include the feeling that one is different or altered in some as yet indefinable way,” they write. “In other cases, patients may believe that they are someone else, either known or unknown, famous or infamous.” Many people have probably written about themselves in the third person at some time, as Supertramp did in his journals. But how many of them flip back and forth between competing identities?” Medred believes that Chris had schizophrenia, which is what caused him to create the pseudonym, “Alex Supertramp.” If Chris did have schizophrenia, like Medred thinks, then it creates a reasonable explanation as to why Chris left behind a good life to travel the United States. Not only does this make sense as to why Alex is brought into play, it could have made Chris believe that Alex had the skills to survive in the wild. And make Chris think...

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