Into The Wild Synthesis Essay

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Since the booming release of Jon Krakauer’s book Into The Wild there has been controversy on whether or not what Chris McCandless, better known as Alex Supertramp, did was idiotic or heroic based on his journey. People’s opinions vary, like many things, based on their personal experiences. Seeing him either as some jerk kid who ditched a life that many people would kill for, to embark on this own endeavors in his life. Or, someone who truly knew what he wanted out of his life and went after it; which is something to be respected. Nonetheless Chris McCandless did not survive and his legacy is all that stands for him now.
Typically the people who viewed Chris’s story in a negative light ...view middle of the document...

" (Neal Karlinsky) This story lit a spark in many people across the world. Leaving their well rounded lives in hopes to have the same remembrance and legacy that Chris had. Almost more meaningful than it already was.

On the other hand some consider Chris an inspiration and almost an idol. He represents ‘The Soul Searcher: A person abandoning social conventions in an effort to seek truth and to discover the true self that remains hidden under social constraints. A person striving to stick to their deepest values and convictions no matter what the cost.’ Looking beyond the known cover story, Chris was standing up against capitalism and the cookie cutter mold that is society. But it’s more complicated than that. “I can almost understand why he rejected maps, common sense, conventional wisdom and local knowledge before embarking on his venture.” (Sherry Simpson) and that’s exactly what his follower say, that they understand Chris and his motives and hope to one day follow their dreams like he did his. A master student at University of Alaska Fairbanks is one of these people, talking about after him and his friends discovered Chris’s...

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