Christopher Mccandless Analysis

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John C. Maxwell once said, “There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. ‘Good pride’ represents our dignity and self-respect. ‘Bad pride’ is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance.” Arrogance and pride lead people to make stupid decisions that can majorly affect their lives in a negative aspect. Christopher McCandless left his comfortable lifestyle in May of 1990 to travel and live life to the fullest, adopting the name Alexander Supertramp. Then in July 1992, Chris’s journey led him to be isolated in the Alaskan Frontier, trapped in a bus, and on the verge of death. Many people are sympathetic the McCandless’s story and his passing; some argue that he just had a string of bad luck and that his bereavement wasn’t…show more content…
Chris’s mindset of living a very simplistic life is shown during his limited time with Jim Gallien. Jim notes that “Alex admitted that the only food in his pack was a ten-pound bag of rice” and “Alex’s cheap leather hiking boots were neither waterproof nor well insulated” (Krakauer, 5). Nevertheless, Chris lets his hubris get the best of him by failing to realize that he would need waterproof boots if he wanted to go into a snow environment. Chris was about to enter into the Alaskan frontier with an extremely lousy set of equipment. Chris lets his arrogance and the anticipation of the wild get the best of him, causing him to have poor judgment in his decisions on what to bring with him into the wild. His egotistic personality ultimately led to his death in the cold and unrelenting frontier. Nevertheless, this was not Chris’s first failed attempt to live a transcendentalist lifestyle. “Will you come pick me up?” McCandless asked (Krakauer, 54). Chris was unsuccessful in his endeavor to become a hobo and travel all the way to Seattle and live a life there. Not even a full two months passed before Chris realized that living a life in Seattle that was of transcendent origin, was not just hard, but impossible. This display of him being overly confident in his abilities to live on his own was a build up to him believing he was well…show more content…
He was extremely cocky in believing that his skills and knowledge would help him find and maintain food in the wild. “After subsisting three months on an exceedingly marginal diet, McCandless had run up a sizeable caloric deficit” (Krakauer,188). Although Chris had hunted enough food and then ate that food, he let his pride and arrogance get in the way of his judgment. During these few weeks, Chris would eat food that was lean and without a substantial number of calories. This would have been okay if he found other fatty animals, however, he was so caught up in his accomplishments of killing the animals, that he failed to realize that it was negatively affecting him until it was too late. He let his hubris get in the way of realizing that the food he was eating was not beneficial to his health in the long term of events. He was also egotistic in his thinking that he was well prepared to preserve large amounts of meat, “Maggots already! Smoking appears ineffective. Don’t know, looks like disaster” (Krakauer, 167). Chris thought that the method of smoking the moose would have been the best way to preserve the carcass of the moose, but on the page before Krakauer states how “Alaskan hunter know that the easiest ways to preserve mean in a bush is to slice it into thin strips and then air-dry it on a makeshift rack.” Chris is overconfident in his knowledge of preserving raw meat, that he forgets to remember
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