How Did Leo Tolstoy Influence Chris Mc Candless?

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“The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” (Chris McCandless) This was said by McCandless because he could not find happiness from his family so he went out to go find happiness. The book Into the Wild, by John Krakauer, was a book about a person named Chris McCandless, who could not find happiness from his family because they always provided him with all the materials he needed. This caused him to go out for an adventure or to the wild in Alaska. While on his journey, he had read books finding self- definition and so he used the authors from the book as literary heroes to get him past the journey. He was really inspired by the writers. With the inspiration he was set out to find happiness, and so he went into the wild. It is where he spent the rest of his days until he died because of poisoning. Many of his literary heroes inspired him to do what he did, but one stands out the most. Leo Tolstoy, who is considered to be one of the best novelists, Leo really inspired Chris because they had a life that they could relate. He also appreciated him because he had realistic views of the life. Chris McCandless needed inspiration for his adventure, so he looked up to the literary heroes as his guidance to the wild.
Chris McCandless went into the adventure, not knowing what to do. He looked up his literary heroes for inspiration, and one that he mostly looked up to was Leo Tolstoy. He looked up to Leo because they both were accustomed to nearly the same way of life. For Example, “accustomed to calling the shots. Taking control is something he does unconsciously, reflexively....when Walt talks, people listen.” (105). Chris McCandless given everything, he was born with parents who were respected. He shared the same relation to Leo Tolstoy because his parents were a well-known family of Old Russian Nobility. The relation with Leo was accustomed to Chris’s Life. The relation they shared made Chris look up to Leo as his hero. Although, He looked upon Leo’s life style, he also read books from him which made him close to what Leo had felt. For Example, a book written by Leo Tolstoy called Anna Karenina, he stated that “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”(Leo). Chris’s life can be connected with the character in to story because he was also unhappy with him family, because Chris’s parents had provided him with everything he wanted, it is what created Chris to be unhappy within his family. His family thought that providing him with everything made him feel happy, but as for Chris’s view it did not make him happy. During his adventure, he had looked up to many characters, but one that stands out the most was Leo Tolstoy, this was because Chris had life and views similar to Leo. He needed inspiration,...

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