McCandless had no desire for luxuries and he did not bel... ... middle of paper ... ...h and out of options. In His last moments of life he realized that his actions brought him to his doom and that “HAPPINESS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED. (Krakauer 189)” McCandless set out into the wild for the adventure of a lifetime, only to find that the feelings and experiences he gained are greatest when shared with someone. Christopher McCandless is the ideal tragic hero because he had everything in the world but he gave it up to go on a two year trip into the wild and through his own actions he paid the ultimate price. McCandless had a goal to achieve in the wilderness but as Aristotle said “The tragic hero's powerful wish to achieve some goal inevitably encounters limits, usually those of human frailty.
I feel that Chris McCandless was at a disadvantage when he first started off. Raised by a wealthy family and just graduating from Emory University I feel he wasn’t as prepared as he could have been. Fortunately his father had taken him on hiking trips so he was at least somewhat familiar with the wilderness but in no way was he prepared at all for the severity of the Alaskan wilderness. I think it would have been quite a feat just for Chris to have been able to live off the land in a local forest. To be fair to Chris I’m sure Krakauer didn’t start off by just one day deciding he would climb the Devils Thumb after he was inspired by making it up the climbing wall at the local county fair.
Chris was additionally too impressionable in a way that he admired authors along with the books they wrote, and tried to imitate them. He was very rebellious in his actions as well, and did not try to change the world or help others. As stated above, some critics believe that Chris McCandless was a very admirable person. He was a brave man because he actually went out and followed his dreams instead of leaving them as visions he only saw in his sleep. Most people would never do what McCandless did because it is too risky.
Also, with the skill he experiences while hitchhiking, he could of acknowledge the difference in the environments. Lastly, being self-absorbed made his trip fatal because no one but a few friends knew where he was. The fact Chris didn’t tell his family where he was headed to lead him to his death in which he is only responsible for. But he died at peace according to his journal. By letting his family know where he was, they could 've sent a search party after a few months to see if he was safe.
Chris McCandless's hygiene was often complaint by his manager too and according to his manager it was because of him that Chris McCandless at last quit. Chris McCandless's genius had led him into a tragic death. Yet his ego, passion, courage were something that should be preserved. "No man ever followed his genius till it misled him..." (pg47). Although he failed his mission, he was considered a brave young man who went into the wilderness by himself and was able to survive for 16 weeks in Alaska.
However, Christopher McCandless should be viewed as admirable because he had the capability of viewing dreams and striving hard to fulfill that dream- something that very few people are able to do. Living in the wilderness is difficult, but understanding the meaning of such lifestyle is even more difficult. One of the Christopher’s admirable qualities was that he was well aware of what he was doing. He knew about the difficulties and dangers that he would face into the wilderness, and was mentally prepared for that. Author Jon Krakauer says that “McCandless was green, and he overestimated his resilience, but he was sufficiently skilled to last for sixteen weeks on little more than his wits and ten pounds of rice.
Jon Krakauer’s book, Into the Wild, and film production by Sean Penn was a true story about a college graduate who grew up with a luxurious life and had parents who were mainly worried about the materialistic things. He decided that it was time for him to go his own way. He donated all his money to charity and went on an adventure into the Alaskan Wilderness. His actions and decisions to leave his life behind without stating anything to anyone, including his family, caused many opinions to circulate around McCandless actions. Many can argue about whether he was foolish and selfish for getting up and leaving everybody in his life behind and then dying, and many others can argue that he was just someone who wanted to discover himself and stop
His father’s actions have had a profound effect on McCandless, to the point that he began to slowly withdraw from the relationships he had with his family and his friends. In order to free himself from a family history of agony and deception, McCandless walked “alone upon the land to become lost in the wild” (Krakauer 163), determined to create a new beginning without the distraction of anything he deemed irrelevant. McCandless was liberated from the opulent environment he despised. Growing up privileged under the wing of a NASA engineer, McCandless
In Jon Krakauer’s book “Into the Wild”, Krakauer describes the travels of Chris McCandless, a young man, who travels alone into the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer details Chris’s painful demise from starvation was at the age of 24 in an abandoned bus deep in Alaska. According to Krakauer, Chris McCandless left for Alaska because he was seeking refuge from his betrayal by his father. Chris was searching for truth; something he could believe in after he had found out his dad led a double life; one with Chris and his mother and another with another woman and another son. It seems McCandless was looking to test himself; to prove he could survive in the wild without society, but mostly without his father’s help.
Chris and Carine have six half siblings living in California from his father’s first marriage. Chris’s father had an affair with Chris’s mom while he was married , because of that caused him to hold bitterness toward his father, maybe he was so ashamed of him he just wanted to get ... ... middle of paper ... ...er article in the magazine’s history” meaning readers were interested in the article he wrote called the “Outside”. Also as he read the mail, he got two kinds of point of views, first as he say” Some readers admired the boy immensely for his courage and noble ideas” and the other point of view is “ He perished out of arrogance and stupidity and was undeserving of the considerable media attention he received” I believe he decided to research more about Chris McCandless, the guy that decided to lived differently than the rest of us, to answer the questions from both points of views. As he wrote the book he wanted the reader to read and make his or her own opinions. He wrote about his past life and his conflicts that made him choose to live in the wild.