Selections From Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

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In today’s world, we live in a society where we are subjected to follow rules, which are placed upon us by the society. Many people are faced with the dilemma of whether or not to follow the ideals of other people, or pursue their ideals and go against the prevailing conventions. In “Selections from Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, the author talks about a man named McCandless who went into the Alaskan wilderness in order to find his true self. His journey was also to escape from the societal norms of society. A person who goes into the wilderness believes that they can live their life with brute simplicity. This gives them little to no time with the complicated problems of modern society. ...view middle of the document...

Those individuals who go into the wild to find their individualism, thinking that wild is the answer to their problems. This might be good for some, but not others. McCandless was disgusted with the expectations from the society. After graduating college, he was expected to go find a job, but McCandless was still unsure about his future as well as his individualism. To escape from these societal expectations, McCandless went to Alaska. He sees wilderness as a place where he can be away from the societal norms, find out his own self, and live completely free. In a similar manner, Boyarin says that he left his culture before going to college. He writes, “ I go off to college and slowly discover that my dismissal of Judaism leaves me isolated, with few resources” (Boyarin 50). Boyarin was continuously surrounded by Jewish culture throughout his youth. His family was very involved in the events at the Jewish community center. He was expected to embrace his culture throughout his entire life. In a marginal culture, an individual is able to make a cross-cultural identity, which enables an individual to function outside of his cultural environment. Boyarin has developed this cross-cultural identity that made him function outside of the enclosed Jewish community. He went against the expectations from his culture to shape his own identity. Both McCandless and Boyarin went against these expectations of the society in order to find their inner self.

In a like manner, the fear of being labeled by the society can also shape an individual’s personal identity in different situations. Krakauer talks about some people who made some hypothesis about the reasoning behind McCandless decision to going into wilderness. He writes, “Trying to explain McCandless’s unorthodox behavior, some people have made much of the fact that like John Waterman, he was small in stature and my have suffered from a “short man’s complex, “a fundamental insecurity that drove him to prove his manhood by means of extreme physical challenges ” (Krakauer 220). McCandless started his journey to go to the wilderness in order to disregard the influence of society on a man and find his own-self by engaging with moral relationship with the nature....

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