Chris Mccandless And Transcendentalism

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McCandless and Transcendentalism Into The Wild by John Krauker is based around the story of Chris McCandless, a bright young man who believed that a life in the Alaskan wilderness would help him to live a more deliberate life. He followed many transcendentalist keys without openly admitting to it or stating it upright. Some of these include having few belongings when he passed away, not continuing the path that was in store for him, and braving the Alaskan wilderness with few belongings to his name. In the life of Chris McCandless one can say that the transcendental key of reduced dependence on property was something seen several times. In chapter thirteen of Into the Wild by John Krakauer, the body of Chris McCandless was found with very…show more content…
McCandless sets out for Alaska after he graduates high school and before he begins college. He brings only a few items with him, and eventually purges himself of more belongings. Chris McCandless burned his money, concealed his car, and buried his license and rifle. These actions can lead one to infer that McCandless was self-reliant and believed that he could fend for himself in Alaska. One can connect these deeds to “When I Head the Learn’d Astronomer” by Walk Whitman, on page 446, for a multitude of reasons. One can see that the peom by Whitman relates to the life of McCandless because in the first five stanzas, the narrator of the piece is trying to learn about astronomy from a lecture, but soon realizes how sick and tired the mundanity of the lecture is, and becomes self-reliant and intructs themself by actually looking at the stars at…show more content…
McCandless practiced reducing dependence on property, self-reliance, and non-conformity. Chris McCandless made a Transcendental journey to Alaska in 1992, that led to his unfortunate demise. Towards the month of his death in August, McCandless began to realize that being alone in the wild, self-reliant, and detached from society was not making him happy. His highlighted passages from Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy indicate this same notion. Chris McCandless’ journey is a thing one can reflect upon to see how one could live the Transcendalist lifestyle, but how it takes a toll on one’s
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