“Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, 'cause "the West is the best." And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild. (Christopher Alexander Supertramp”Mccandless; 1992)
Into The Wild, an account of the true story of ChristopherJohnson Mccandless, tells us…show more content… Perhaps, though Thoreau’s decision to sequester himself in a small cabin on Waldens Pond was couched in such a way to make him seem more enlightened and less selfish than Chris. This reader suspects there was a hint of selfishness in both mens quest to live deliberately.
Both books explore remarkable journeys of self discovery. Thoreau accounts two years of leaving society and moving to a small cabin on Walden’s Pond with very little material possessions and a plan to subsidise his diet with supplies from a nearby town.
Jon Krakauer 's account of Christopher Mccandless’ journey takes us across the country with the hitchhiking “leather tramp” Chris, who by now is known by his nom de plume “ Alexander Supertramp”. We are privy to his thoughts and dreams via journals that he kept during the time. This remarkable young man had lofty ideals and a romanticized view of the Alaskan bush. Both Men practiced personal virtue and liberal individualism that invoked the idea of the mystical free spirit , reveling in the beauty of nature, wishing to escape the rigors of polite…show more content… His goal is not isolationism.Not surprisingly, excerpts from Thoreau were found highlighted with Chris’s possessions after his death. This is perhaps where Mr. Thoreau and Mr. Mccandless’ similarities part ways.
Thoreau clearly understood the inevitability of societal conventions. Wishing only to educate the public at large of the importance of purposeful living, and the value of mind and spirit over possessions or class. Mccandless though, feels so let down by society, his parents, life that his goal to lose himself in Alaska in order to find himself, took on an almost fetishistic quality. Unlike Thoreau, Nature became the ultimate goal for Christopher. Thus Chris chooses to opt out of society rather than attempt to affect any sort of