An Analysis Of Chris Mccandless

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In Jon Krakauer's novel Into the Wild, Krakauer pieces together the journey and motives for Chris McCandless’s trip to Alaska. McCandless was an intense young man who grew up with wealth and a loving family, but ended up leaving this life behind to travel to Alaska, ultimately leading to his demise. Krakauer sympathizes with McCandless and despite trying to keep an unbiased story, paints McCandless as a unique individual- theorizing that “McCandless went into the wilderness not primarily to ponder nature or the world at large but, rather, to explore the inner country of his own soul” (Krakauer 183). While many share similar views of McCandless and admire him, a large majority of people view him in a more negative perspective. Shaun Callarman analyzed Chris McCandless as, “…bright and ignorant at the same time. He had no common sense, and he had no business going into Alaska with his romantic silliness. He made a lot of mistakes based on arrogance. I don’t admire him at all for his courage nor his noble ideas. Really, I think he was just plain crazy.” Essentially,…show more content…
The whole time he was gone, his family never stopped looking for him and even spent thousands of dollars on a private investigator. McCandless’s mother, Billie McCandless, recalled that “‘Whenever we were out driving and saw a hitchhiker...if he looked anything like Chris, we’d turn around and circle back. It was a terrible time. Night was the worst, especially when it was cold and stormy. You’d wonder, ‘Where is he? Is he warm? Is he hurt? Is he lonely? Is he OK?’”(125) Despite being a bright man, McCandless was lost in a world of his own. He was able to interact with others and sometimes appreciate company, but was so consumed by his search for himself and the “real world” in Alaska that it prevented him from understanding the effect his actions held on
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