Into The Wild Essay

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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 relationships shape Chris' journey and the book.In viewing the relationship between Christopher and his biological father, the two had a relationship that is difficult to deal with and maintain. Chris' father, Samuel Walter McCandless, is a NASA scientist and entrepreneur who develops advanced radar systems. Walter McCandless' job is a high paying and high powered job that resulted in his inflexibility to connect with his son the way a father should. Walt's ideals were in sharp contrast of his son. Walt was focused on his job most of the time and he lacked the time and interest for Chris. Chris believed that his father thought that he could "buy" the respect of his son. To add on to the qualities Walt possesses, He has also been married two times and has a total of eight children; Chris stems from his second marriage. Chris finding out about his father's second marriage is what made his plan to rid himself from society become more inevitable. The reason for that is because Chris realized that his father was already married with a family, which made him and his sister illegitimate children. Chris saw himself as "born to a man and his mistress", resulting in the resentment of his father. Although Chris never confronts either of his parents of his "dark knowledge", he made it a point to cut of all ties from the both of them. Chris saw his father as a "sanctimonious hypocrite". All in all Chris did not trust his father and feels pressure from him.Chris obviously was the exact opposite of his father. However, it is noted that Walt and Chris both liked to "call the shots". "Taking control is something he [Walt] does unconsciously, reflexively." (105) Father and son both wanted to control their own lives and neither of them liked being told what to do. Chris and Walt are also both extremely smart. "Colleagues refer to him [Walt] as brilliant" (105) and Chris "came into this world with unusual gifts" (106) that is another obvious reason why the two tended to not get along. Other than those quaint similarities, Chris was generally much different from his father. He rejected capitalism, money, affluence, and monetary power. Chris used Jack London as a mentor, for "Jack London is King" was even found carved into a block of wood where Chris' body was found. Jack London wrote many...

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