Determination In Chris Mccandless

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Chris McCandless: An Embodiment of True Determination In Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild, he documents the events that led up to the death of Chris McCandless. McCandless was a teenage boy who dealt with tremendous amounts of pressure from his parents to do well in school and keep family secrets — they apologized for it through buying him things that they thought he needed. However, Chris hated this and just wanted peace, and honesty at home. There was one place in which Chris could get this, and it is in nature — there was no chaos or dishonesty amongst his family. Before he would go to college, he would drive to unknown places on his own — cherishing the peace that he gets. And when he decides to go to Alaska, his journey leads him to…show more content…
In the moment that Gallien drops McCandless off, McCandless offers Gallien his money, his watch, and his comb and says “If you don’t take it, I’m going to throw it away” then Krakauer comments that McCandless “cheerfully retorted” the words he told Gallien. This shows us that McCandless is willing to give away all his material possessions that give him value in society — money for status, watch for time, and comb for appearance — to dwell in a primitive lifestyle. Gallien observes that “the only food in his pack was a ten pound bag of rice, His gear seemed exceedingly minimal for the harsh conditions of the interior, which in April still lay buried under the winter snowpack. Alex’s cheap leather hiking boots were neither waterproof nor well insulated. 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). McCandless was intelligent; he did very well in school and was very athletic. He would have known to take more food and take more things that would keep him warm, however, centuries ago, people did not have lots of rice, or big guns and a few did not have axes or snowshoes or compasses or bug dope. McCandless went into the woods prepared because he brought with him things that people who lived centuries ago would have. Clearly, remarks that have been made by people that say that McCandless was unprepared have misunderstood
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