The Foolish Christopher Mc Candless Of Into The Wild, By Jon Krakauer

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In 1990, when he was 22 years old, Christopher McCandless ventured out into the Alaska wilderness in search for true happiness, and 2 years later he suffered a tragic death. An aspiring writer, Jon Krakauer, found McCandless’ story fascinating and chose to dedicate 3 years of his life to write a novel about him. The book entitled “Into the Wild” tells the tale of Christopher McCandless, an ill prepared transcendentalist longing for philosophical enrichment, who naïvely, failed to consider the dangers of isolating himself from human society for such a long period of time. Though Christopher McCandless made a courageous attempt to separate himself from society, in order to achieve self-fulfillment, the stubborn nature of this reckless greenhorn led him to his unfortunate demise.
Christopher McCandless’ stubborn personality causes him to leave a loving home in order to start a new beginning as “ Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny”(Krakauer 23). He refuses to further educate himself with a law degree, instead taking a journey into the wild, leaving behind his mother, father and caring sister. Chris grew up as an intelligent individual excelling in almost everything he did. His parents supported him and often encouraged him in his endeavors. Unfortunately, and for clear reasons, Chris did not reciprocate his parents’ love, instead he creates an illusion of normality, causing his parents to believe that everything was fine, while he slowly drifted away from them both physically and emotionally. Chris “let them think they were right”, so they would begin to think that he was beginning to see “their side of things”, when in truth, he was merely waiting for the right time to completely “ knock them out of [his] life”(64). He activated his plan by traveling to Alaska and leaving no tracks behind. During his journey, the charming, Chris McCandless meets many people who immediately grow fond of him. Ron Franz, a lonely 82-year-old man, seemed to love Chris as a father would, offering to “adopt him as [his] grandson”(55). Chris’ antisocial personality led him to decline such an honorable offer, effectively breaking Ron’s heart. Chris’ thoughtlessness in abandoning his family members hurt them and ten months after his death, Carine, his sister, “[couldn’t] seem to get through a day without crying”(129). Much like Carine, when Chris’ mother hears about her sons’ death “she breaks down from time to time, weeping as only a mother who has outlived a child can weep”(132). Chris’ callous act of disappearing from his family’s lives, and failing to continue his education ultimately hurt those close to him proving him to...

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