"Author's Note." Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. N. Print. Krakauer, Jon.
Chris McCandless and Buck serve as examples of the archetype of the wild through their experiences of leaving where they feel most comfortable and answering the call of the wild. They show that each experience is inimitable because the wild is unique to every individual. For Buck, the wild is a place outside of civilization and his dependence on man, where the external threats of nature exist and he must prove himself as a true animal with instincts for survival. In McCandless' case, the place outside of civilization is actually an escape from his fears because the wild for him is in relationships, where the threat of intimacy exists and he must learn to trust others for happiness. This is because for each of us, the wild is what we fear, a place outside of our comfort zone and, as McCandless' experience shows, not necessarily a physical place.
The desires and expectations placed upon us by the society shape our strategies of personal identity; therefore, instilling fears that cause us to identify in opposition to our prevailing conventions. First, in today’s society, an individual faces many expectations from the society, which results in an individual following these expectations or shaping their identity to go against it. Krakauer talks about McCandless, who escaped from the society in order to find his own-self. He writes, “ Wilderness appealed to those bored or disgusted with man and his works. It not only offered an escape from society but also was an ideal stage for the Romantic individual to exercise the cult that he frequently made of his own soul.
Crabbe does all that he i... ... middle of paper ... ... when one feels good about something they have accomplished. Considering its grueling circumstances, Crabbe must feel good about his triumph in the wilderness. His testimony of strength in the wilderness could do nothing less than lead him to believe he is capable of taking responsibility for his unhappiness. There is no doubt that Crabbe’s quest in the wilderness, and the challenges involved, change him into someone he is proud to have become. He can be selfless when necessary, hard working for good reason, and believes he is capable of controlling his own emotions.
To show that, he decided to go into the woods with almost nothing and no one, and try to survive. He also felt that adventure was extremely important. In a letter to Franz, he said, “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure”(Thoreau 57). He shows how important it is to take risks and adventure by going into the woods. Also, in the same letter to Franz, he explains how he thinks that people live within their comfort zones, and don’t take any risks and how much that dampens adventure.
Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor Books, 1997. Print. Kyle101.
"Manichaeism." In Confessions: Saint Augustine New York, New York: Penguin Group, 2006. 41-43. Ibid
Once a backcountry shelter for hunters, trappers, ranger patrols, and for a short time Chris McCandless, Bus 142 now serves as a memorial for Chris McCandless. Travelers will make the trip to witness the basic resources Chris had at hand and the courage it took to make it as far as he did into his journey. Chris was not unaware of the dangers of the Alaskan wilderness. He was fully informed of the challenges he would face and was confident, maybe even hubristic, that he could overcome them. Non Supporters would argue this makes Chris a fool, reckless, brash, or even border lined unintelligent while in fact it is quite the opposite.
A pilgrim, perhaps” (85). Like a pilgrim, McCandless tries to cleanse himself with a power greater than him, believing that with nature his troubles will no longer haunt him. Consumed with an unnerving passion for nature’s harshest, Chris views his holy land as the wilderness, where he can reflect on his inner struggles. He transcends the boundaries of the modern world, giving him a path to the divine elements of nature. Ordinarily, people stress over their future, but Chris is unlike most people.
However, after spending several months enduring the extreme conditions of the Alaskan wilderness, McCandless’ beliefs begin to work against him. He then accepts that he needs humans, cannot escape materialism, and can never fully understand how nature functions. Most importantly, he realizes that human relationships are more valuable than infinite solitude. McCandless’ gradual change of heart demonstrates that exploring the wilderness is a transformative experience. Krakauer uses the life and death of Chris McCandless to convey that humans need to explore nature in order to discover the meaning of life.