It originally was because he wanted to cut ties with his family. He wasn’t very fond of his dad, because he cheated on his mom with his ex-wife even after he was born. Once Chris learned this about his dad, he never thought of him the same again. He also wanted to show that he could survive by himself without the help of others. To show that, he decided to go into the woods with almost nothing and no one, and try to survive.
No ordinary man would do this to survive out on his own facing the wilderness. Kleinfeld made an extraordinary remark in her article “McCandless: Hero or Dumb Jerk” “Jon Krakauer's best seller "Into the Wild" immortalizes this young man, who walked into the wilderness with no map, no ax, no mosquito repellent and no first aid equipment.” She makes a good statement about his bravery because not many men would go out with no supplies to make them survive. He went out by himself, no supplies and try to pull off to live in the wild. Works Cited Kleinfeld, Judith. "" McCandless: Hero or Dumb Jerk"" Http://powpak.dl.noacsc.org/powpak/data/csiebeneck/articles/document_ar48.pdf.
He could have been able to live out in the Alaskan Wilderness and survive his adventure and return home safely. If Chris was better prepared, he may have been able to survive and a live the life he wanted to in the Alaskan wild. “His rifle was only .22 caliber, a bore too small to rely on if he expected to kill large animals like moose and caribou, which he would have to eat if he hoped to remain very long in the country. He had no ax, no bug dope, no snowshoes, no compass.” (Krakauer 5) Seeing that within the first couple of pages, Jim Gallien had pointed out that his supplies were not enough to sustain a long period of time in the wild, this should have been a red flag for Chris even before he went into the wilderness. In Roberts article called “Jon Krakauer + Sean Penn: Back Into the Wild”, Roberts quotes Krakauer’s original magazine article that talks to the hunters that found Chris’s body.
McCandless would always argue or fight with his parents. He was embarrassed by the amount of money his family had. For example, after he graduated from high school his parents offered to buy him a new car since his was a bit old and out of shape but he strongly declined. In the book “Into the Wild” it states, “Chris had only recently upbraided Walt and Billie for expressing their desire to buy him a new car as a graduation present,”(Krakauer 20). His parents would always tell him what to do or try to make some of the most important life decisions for him.
With this breakthrough, Chris leaves society and the comforts of his life to rough it and get down to the root of what makes him smile. Into the Wild is an intriguing book that tells a story of a man on a mission to find his peace; but no matter how good the story is, the confusing style of the writing takes away from the book’s excellence. Chris McCandless, a recent college graduate, is on a road trip when he learns that his father has a second family. This news disturbs Chris and he decides to make a drastic lifestyle change. Without telling anyone, including his family, of his plans, Chris leaves all of his possessions and embarks on a journey through the United States.
He’d successfully kept Jan Burres and Wayne Westerberg at arm’s length, flitting out of their lives before anything was expected of him. And now he’d slipped painlessly out of Ron Franz’s life as well.” - Into the Wild, 142-143 (Jon Krakauer, 1996). McCandless found people he never thought he find along his journey. He escaped his life because of all the suffocation he knew his parents would soon put him through after his graduation from college, but he then realized along his journey the appreciation he had for a loving family that cared about him. Everything that he was trying to escape from by leaving, came into view that they were the things he was searching for from the
…A bag of rice and a sleeping bag do not constitute adequate gear and provisions for a long stay in the wilderness.” Christian believed that Chris was very unprepared and if he would have had a map, he could have made it out of the wild alive. No one really knows if Chris could have, indeed, made it out using the map. But it could have helped him find one of three cabins located within a few miles of the bus. Christian also points out that a bag o... ... middle of paper ... ...ng a fire, and purifying water. He may not have mastered the skills, but he was experienced enough to get by.
Growing up in a small town, he never really fit in with his environment, and always felt as if there was something more in life. He always wanted to get out of his hometown, and “As soon as high school was over, Chris declared, he was going to get behind the wheel of his new car and spend the summer driving across the country” (?). Chris’ feelings of wanderlust also translated into his social beliefs. Krakauer explains that “McCandless took life’s inequities to heart.” (?) He would find a social/political issue, and he would pour all of his passion into it.
In Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Chris McCandless entered the wild with little more than a .22 caliber rifle, ten pounds of rice, and a book on edible plants. Some critics consider his death to be a result of his ignorance and lack of preparation to face the brutal elements. Yet despite Chris McCandless’s small pack of supplies and lack of experience, he has a clear set of goals guiding his adventure and was expecting to test the boundaries of death. McCandless wanted to live purely off the land as nature intended. Chris McCandless died a hero who survived the brutal Alaskan wilderness by living off of what the land provided and never straying from his moral values.
It has been instilled in him from his father that the path to happiness is through working hard and earning one’s own success. Despite his best efforts, he could not help Biff realize that he has to study sometimes and put in effort towards future happiness: “Just because he printed University of Virginia on his sneakers doesn’t mean they’ve got to graduate him” (20). Bernard sees through what Willy has been teaching his boys for their whole life. One cannot get their way in life by cheating the system and expecting to get away with it every time. Bernard is trying to teach Biff that one cannot just state they want success, and it will immediately be granted.