The Search For Truth In Into The Wild By John Krakauer

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Who is Christopher McCandless? McCandless was born February 12, 1968 in El Segundi, California. Later on, due to Walt McCandless', Christopher's father, success as an aerospace engineer "[Christopher] was raised in the comfortable upper middle class environs of Annandale, Virginia"(Krakauer 14). Similarly to many people today, Walt McCandless made injurious decisions; during the birth of Christopher and his sister, Carine, Walt was still married. In turn, this leaves them to be bastard children. Christopher was an intellectual that took interest in challenging himself. He was a successful cross-country runner that would lead the team into paths where they often got lost (.info web). Not only was he driven, he had a profound respect for his favorite authors, Jack London, Leo Tolstoy and Henry Thoreau. In which they influenced him heavily throughout his life.

"Immediately after graduating, with honors, from Emory University in the summer of 1990, [Christopher] McCandless dropped out of sight"(Krakauer n.p.). McCandless longed for something similar to rebirth. Which led to him to "no longer answer to Chris McCandless," but now "Alexander Supertramp" (Krakauer 23). There were several turning points in Chris's life. For example when Chris dropped out of sight after college, changed his name, donated an entire balance of twenty four thousand dollars to charity, abandoned his car, bonded with strangers and lastly ventured into the wild.
Similarly to a religious extremist, Chris had a scrupulous moral code. "He tended to see things in black and white" (Krakauer 122). Through his spectacles, Chris had been failed, failed by anyone who did not live up to his expectations, his parents, and society. Moreover, the people Christopher encountered were always left with fascination. During the time that Chris was hitchhiking he found employment. Chris left an impression on his boss during this time. His boss stated that he had given jobs to many hitchhikers over the years, but none of them were as good as Chris (Krakauer 18). Christopher was "what you'd call extremely ethical. He set pretty high standards for himself" (Krakauer 18). Thus, his high standards and expectations placed him in dangerous situations. The most dangerous of the situations was the incident that took his life. Christopher voyaged into the Alaskan wild with no preparation, no knowledge of the terrain and no idea how to survive for months at a time.
Christopher McCandless perspective and idealism behind life was heavily influenced by his obsession over authors like Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy and Jack London. Henry Thoreau is an American transcendentalist, whose writing focuses on the dangers of society and strong individualism( cite on Thoreau). Thoreau wrote works such as Walden in which he speaks of removing oneself from the harsh grasps of society and motivates his readers to live for themselves while searching for a higher purpose. Another great influence in Christopher's...

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