Also, in the same letter to Franz, he explains how he thinks that people live within their comfort zones, and don’t take any risks and how much that dampens adventure. When living in your comfort zone, you can’t have any adventure, so by going on this adventure into the woods, he shows how he isn’t living in his comfort zone. He didn’t want to focus on the nature around him like Thoreau, he wanted to focus and explore his own
Chris possessed a strong determination to abide by his values and survive off the land on his own. The views and opinions of others were of no importance to Chris. He objected with the luxurious lifestyle of his parents and instead, “Chris was very much of the school that you should own nothing except what you can carry on your back at a dead run” (chap. 4, p. 32). Chris also tried to impose his values on others, like Ron Franz.
He was seeking a life away from the toxic household that he lived in and was tormented in every day. He got the idea to set off into the wilderness because whenever his family went out on camping trips there was no fighting and it was peaceful for them. McCandless was seeking this peace and tranquility and he wanted to do it alone so that he could find himself through this
Sometimes I think it was like he was storing up company for the times when he knew nobody would be around” (Krakauer 45). With that said, Chris understood the importance of being his own person, with his own ideas and views and his own way of thinking so that others could not manipulate him along the way. He realized that the only way for him to find his own freedom and peace was to be self-centered and to put himself before others without others polluting his sense of existence. Work Cited Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild.
By ‘suck the marrow out of life’ he means taking all that he can out of life. He feels that by going off on his own into the woods he can have new experiences that will help him figure out his purpose. 2. Explain the distinctions he makes in paragraph 1 Thoreau distinguishes what he wishes his life was; he compares what he wants out of life to what he currently has. He says “I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.” He makes note of how dear and important life is, and how he wishes to live in a way which he hadn’t been before, by making the most out of the life he has left.
Thoreau is saying that he goes to live in the woods because he wants to live freely and not know what he was going to do next. He wants to see if he can learn what life is really about and to live in a way he has not before. Thoreau’s beliefs of self-reliance are that he needs to be away from civilization and strip down to live with only life’s essentials, not making choices based on his community or societal norms. When Thoreau... ... middle of paper ... ... God. Self-reliance is the idea of individuality and making decisions for oneself.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” In other words, he went into the woods to learn how to live with a purpose that was different from the commonly held believe that life is meant to be lived in order to progress society. By embracing the answers that nature had to give, he relocated how to live with the essential facts of life, rather than what society has promoted such as money and possessions. This led into another example of the lack of independence of thought produced by the people of society. “The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for the
Death of an Innocent, a true story written by Jon Krakauer, is about the character Christopher McCandless also known as Alex Supertramp who estranged himself from his family and others who do not understand his desire to live deliberately. When Thoreau said “living deliberately,” he meant to live to the fullest by searching for what it means to be alive, to be part of nature. He meant trying to understand your place in the world, how you fit in it, and by understanding yourself. To Thoreau, where you live defines if you are in tune with yourself and the world. He felt you needed to live in harmony with nature, and live a simple life with no distractions.
Chris McCandless lived towards the latter lifestyle, having an image of himself in his head which wasn’t really who he was. He came off as this anti-societal transcendentalist, but he was actually drawn to societal qualities. He claimed that the reasons he escaped from society and his family was so he could live life unfiltered and so he would be able to be his true self in the wilderness, but instead nature was a way to sustain his depiction, and keep his real self hidden from the world.
Chris McCandless was a young man who gave up his belongings to live in the wild away from society, and his journey was to find fulfillment and the meaning of life through nature. In the nonfiction book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Krakauer writes about the details of Chris McCandless’s journey to find and reinvent himself as he lives off the land in the Alaskan wilderness. Throughout the book, Krakauer portrays McCandless as a hero for rejecting society and falling victim to this bravery. However, Chris McCandless’s death is not an example of heroism and he did not fall victim to his courage. Instead, McCandless died as a result of ignorance and overconfidence that clouded his self-perception and ultimately led to his downfall.