Analysis Of Chris Mccandless

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Chris McCandless lived a life in which he disgusted by human civilization, and left it, eventually being led to his death in Alaska. McCandless entered the Alaskan wilderness severely unprepared, a brutal error that cost him his life. In the novel, Into the Wild by John Krakauer, Chris glances into his mindset by they way of his journal, history, and analysis of his life reveals that Chris McCandless as an arrogant and judgemental narcissist, while not mentally unstable, had a condescending attitude towards society and perished not only from his reckless stupidity but also from his unparalleled ego. Chris McCandless was immune to love and had an obsession with nature and society, him showing characteristics that created the appearance of McCandless…show more content…
The selfish nature of McCandless’s actions is most evident in the results of his actions on Ronald Franz. The story recounts such results in this quote: “When Alex left for Alaska," Franz remembers, "I prayed. I asked God to keep his finger on the shoulder of that one; I told him that boy was special. But he let Alex die. So on December 26, when I learned what happened, I renounced the Lord. I withdrew my church membership and became an atheist. I decided I couldn 't believe in a God who would let something that terrible happen to a boy like Alex. After I dropped off the hitchhikers," Franz continues," I turned my van around, drove back to the store, and bought a bottle of whiskey. And then I went out into the desert and drank it. I wasn 't used to drinking, so it made me real sick. Hoped it 'd kill me, but it didn 't. Just made me real, real sick.”(Krakauer, pg 56.) McCandless was very aware that Franz loved him, and again he was not willing to reciprocate this love. However, the way that McCandless was able to disregard Franz’s love and care and knowingly leave him in despair shows that McCandless did not care about the impact his leaving would have on others. He cared about fulfilling his life and living by his beliefs at the costs of others. A similar situation occurred with McCandless’s family. Although angry at his father, McCandless had less resentment for his mother and much less if any for his sister. He knows that they also loved him and cared for him, but he was able to leave with a clean conscience and allow them to live in worry and eventually agony and despair. His so called courages was actually an unrealistic point of view and a result of his not valuing his life. If only because of the selfishness of his actions, McCandless should not be admired
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