Conformity And Conservatism In Into The Wild, By Jon Krakauer

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Mother nature is a fascinating yet dangerous force to reckon with especially when you’re traveling through such a remote location like Alaska. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer revolves around a peculiar man named Christopher McCandless who seeks for a way to escape his reality. By abandoning his life of conservatism and to take on the most daring journey he strives for his goal of freedom from civilization. Chris formulates a plan to successfully leave his whole life behind and live off the land by changing his name to Alex Supertramp and hitchhiking his way across the United States. Hungry for adventure and new experiences, McCandless unleashes his soul from being defeated by a typical lifestyle in extraordinary ways. Throughout Chris’s journey, he relies on his own philosophy when he comes face to…show more content…
His main principle was to push himself to his limit and find a purpose in life so that when he died his life wouldn’t be a meaningless one. He wanted to become one with nature and prove to himself that he had the mental and physical ability to handle whatever struggles life threw at him. In one of McCandless’s letters to Ron he expresses how “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future” (Krakauer 56-57). Since Chris was a little kid, he possessed leadership qualities that almost made him seem arrogant at times. By viewing the sport running as a
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