Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

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If someone’s advice could affect your future in a positive way, would you take it? Self-determination and morals push people to believe that others opinions are not needed to influence their own actions. That’s why in Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild, and Werner Herzog’s documentary Grizzly Man the main characters all rebel against society and the people who tried to help them and result in a situation that could have been prevented. As human beings we are constantly making decisions that affect and shape our lives without acknowledging the value of others’ opinions that could potentially be beneficial to our decisions.
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Thoreau also explored the limits of human spirit by finding that it can achieve much more important things when not distracted.
Moreover, others morals are vital to consider when making important decisions because they can be life-saving. If Chris McCandless in Jon Krakauer’s Into The Wild were to listen to the advice he was given along the way, he would have gained knowledge on surviving in the wilderness and could have been still living. This shows the importance of others opinions. McCandless desires to get away from life and have an adventure, but he does so recklessly.
He is not as prepared as he thinks he is. He also does not understand the concept of good nature vs. bad nature. Even though McCandless learns to decipher the food he can and cannot eat, once he begins to starve in the wilderness, he makes the mistake to eat a poisonous plant which ultimately ends his life. McCandless stubbornness reveals when he ignores Stuckey when he points out "Alex, you're too early. There's still two foot, three foot of snow on the ground. There's nothing growing yet"(Krakauer 196).If only McCandless properly prepared and took advice from others, this simple mistake could have been avoided. He does not figure out key surviving tricks, which later becomes a problem. McCandless refuses to carry a map and because of that he does not know that there is a gauging station not far from where he tries to cross the river that could have saved his life.
What does one expect to learn if they only listen to the opinions with which they agree? It is crucial to listen to the arguments of differing opinions....

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