“When you consider McCandless from my perspective, you quickly see that what he did wasn’t even particularly daring, just stupid, tragic and inconsiderate. First off, he spent very little time learning how to actually live in the wild. He arrived at the Stampede Trail without even a map of the area. If he had a good map, he would have walked out of his predicament using one of several routes that could have been successful” (2). “Trusting Samel and Thompson, veteran Alaskan hunters who’ve killed many moose and caribou between them, I duly reported McCandless’s mistake in the article I wrote for Outside, thereby confirming the opinion of countless readers that McCandless was ridiculously ill prepared, that he had no business heading into any wilderness, let alone into the big-league wilds of the Last Frontier.
There were warnings like the absence of fellow travelers due to the cold season, but his egoism made him still embark on the journey alone, despite the warnings. The protagonist’s pride and arrogance leads to a regrettable outcome, as it leads to his downfall. The protagonist made the wrong choices because of his egotism, and arrogance and they led to his downfall. He defied nature due to his lack of logical judgment, and this led to his unpromising end in the story. The protagonist was reluctant to realize that he was making a mistake by traveling in a bad weather, and this exemplifies that, his arrogance overpowered his rationale.
Gallien gives McCandless a little advice to help him with his journey and even sends him a pair of better hiking boots because Chris’s were not waterproof. Gallien tells Chris, “wear two pairs of socks, and your feet ought to stay halfway warm and dry” (Krakauer 6), to help him solve the problem of his big boots. Gallien plays an important role in Into the Wild because he foreshadows how his trip will go. The minute he knew Chris was serious about going into the wild, he told him he was not prepared. Going with a 10-pound bag of rice is not enough to survive, and Chris didn’t have much experience with hunting prior to his
However, when McCandless first shot the moose he was not certain on what he had killed. Due to his inexperience and insufficient knowledge of hunting, consequently, McCandless did not preserve the meat properly resulting in unfavorable circumstances. The meat was covered with mold and larva. This unfavorable circumstance caused McCandless to feel terribly sorry for killing an innocent animal in which turned out to be good use for him. Even though McCandless has purchased a book on which plants to eat in Alaska, he still managed to eat the wrong plants.
When the man realized that the dog would not let him come near he was forced to concoct another plan. His idea was that if he ran all the way to the camp, he would be able to survive. Unfortunately, that plan failed as well and the man perished in the cold, numbing snow of the Yukon. Overall, naturalism is the most realistic literary movement. It parallels life more than any other movement because it reveals the fact that nature has not heart and no emotions.
In the short story, “To Build a Fire” by Jack London shows how man vs. nature and how inexperienced traveler in the Yukon tries to travel alone with his dog, even though it’s advised not to. Yet he is stubborn and thinks he is right, and sets off for Henderson Creek to meet his friends. He faces many different conflicts of man verses man, and man verses nature. The traveler is advised not to make this trip with the lack of his inexperience in the Yukon due to the weather, the incoming storm, and its advisories. With the subzero freezing cold temperatures that came with the storm.
Many people dream about leaving everything behind and starting a new life, but it’s not as easy as it seems. Learning how to adapt to a new environment may be a challenge. In the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Christopher McCandless has no knowledge of the conditions he’s going to face when he arrives in Alaska. I would classify Christopher McCandless as a fearless crazy guy, because he leaves his well-shaped life behind. McCandless is not prepared for his expedition to Alaska, because he’s not familiar with the different lifestyles.
He felt that he could succeed in the wild with nothing, yet nature proved him wrong as he later ended up dying of starvation. Nevertheless, one of the underlying causes of Chris’ death was his arrogance since McCandless
McCandless’ pride left his family in a state of grief and sorrow because he thought that taking risks only affected himself and not the people that care about him. Olav Ormseth, an Alaskan outdoorsman, comments on “Death of an Innocent” in Outside magazine, writing, “The real tragedy behind this story is what he left behind: grieving, bewildered family and friends. The hubris and narcissism with which he blindly launched into the wilderness are not things we can excuse.” McCandless believed that the privilege he enjoyed as a child negatively affected his ability to understand the meaning of life. This led him to change his identity and become a new person that was not affiliated with the old Chris McCandless. Ultimately, he ruined all of his relationships.
An Intentional Death Although everyone must explore and be adventurous to find who they are, they should do it in a rational way. In my point of view Chris McCandless was suicidal when he decided to enter the wild. John Krakauer, the author of Into the Wild, led us to believe through the shaved clean cut pictures of Chris that he was going to come home. However, I believe Chris did not intend to come home because of his unreasonable thinking and his unwillingness to prepare himself for the wild. In order to survive in the wild you must be prepared for any hardships and problems which occur.