"Mother Nature's Wild Sons" My Interpretation Of Jon Krakauer's "Into The Wild" With Abundant Reference To Jack London's "Call Of The Wild"

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First Last NameEnglish 101Professor XNovember 30, 2009Mother Nature's Wild SonsThe Alaskan wild is a merciless region with dangers lurching just about everywhere; for one to venture into them, they must be well prepared to encounter harsh weather and limited resources (Carter). People everywhere have marveled as to why someone like Christopher Johnson McCandless would undertake the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness, and why he chose to carry out his journey in the way he did: with no possessions and with no word home. Jon Krakauer, author of Into the Wild, offers up a whole variety of interesting theories as to why anyone would willingly abandon civilized society. He considers such reasons as, "[McCandless] was trying to find answers" and "he was trying to cure his soul" (Krakauer 72), but these are all just instances of saying man a does not go into the wild; the wild gets inside that man and pulls him back to his origins.In the Fall, all the leaves have gone from the trees in a thick set of woods, and a passer by cannot help but stare into them with wonder, the wild is inside everybody; individuals are born with a primal instinct that persuades them to live as their forebears did. Outbursts of the primal instinct are subtle for individuals accustomed to all aspects of modern living, but their primal instinct can grab hold of them and cause them to question their complicated lifestyle. When gathered around a fire, surrounded by darkness, the overwhelming urge to stare deep into the flames is the primal instinct. Jack London captures compelling incidents like this in some of his novels.Christopher had a great deal of respect for Jack London's work. "McCandless had been infatuated with London since childhood. London's fervent condemnation of capitalist society, his glorification of the primordial world…all of it mirrored McCandless's passions" (Krakauer 44). One of McCandless's favorite works by Jack London was The Call of the Wild, which had a large influence on his decision to discover the wilderness that lied dormant inside him. London describes this primal instinct as a still existing essence of our ancestors who talk to us through our memories and refers to it as 'the call'. Buck, the central character and sled dog in London's The Call of the Wild, used to stare deep into the fire and reminisce of his forebears with no idea where the memories came from. When Buck is finally inundated by the call, he abandons the only one he has ever loved to discover it. "Irresistible impulses seized him…From the forest came the call… And he knew it, in the old familiar way, as a sound heard before. He sprang through the sleeping camp and in swift silence dashed through the woods" (London 185). McCandless also abandons all his loved ones in pursuit of the call without as much as a goodbye, much less an explanation as to where and why.Krakauer suggests reasons why he believed McCandless did not inform his family of his plans to travel the...

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