Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. 188. Print. Krakauer, Jon.
Still, Chris McCandless's courage and passion was something that we should all be proud of. When Chris McCandless's relationship with his father turned sour, he gave up everything including a sizeable bank account to the charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet and invented a new life, in turn for seeking the truth of mankind. "Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth..." (pg117) was a passage highlighted in one of the books found with Chris McCandless's remains. Although in the book, his complaints about his father never seem to be very clear. Yet, Krakauer suggested that possible reason was his father long-ago marital problem that seemed to enrage him.
He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. He thought that the reality of the modern world was corrupt and uncompassionate, so he went on this journey in order to find a life of solitude and innocence that could only be expressed through his encounters with the wild. During this ambitious journey to find the true meaning of life, Chris McCandless exhibits a pattern like the type explained above. In Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Chris McCandless follows this mythic pattern, seeking to be the traditional hero who spurns civilization, yet he discovers that modern heroes cannot escape their reality. Chris’s personality exhibits the real foundation of the pattern of his heroic journey.
Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. Print.
McCandless began reading Thoreau’s Walden, a book reflecting simple living in natural surroundings. Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher and poet, among other things, he was largely involved in the advocacy of and the involvement in the transcendentalist movement. Transcendentalism was a major principle that outlined how Chris ultimately lived the rest of his life after he set out on his adventure to live as one among nature. The chapter in which Chris had a particular admiration of was titled ‘Higher Laws’. “I believe that every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his higher or poetic faculties in the best condition has been particularly inclined to abstain from animal food, and from much food of any kind....” (Excerpt from the book ‘Walden’, written by Henry David Thoreau.
Although he never states he is part of a specific religion, he believes in a some godly presence; an important part of being a Transcendentalist. In the end of the book, when Chris is near his inevitable passing, he writes a farewell note to anyone who finds his body. In his final note, he is very euphoric, and not at all regretful of his decision to venture into the Alaskan bush, “I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!” (199). Because he said he had a happy life, and that he thanks the lord, it is clear that Chris appreciates the spirituality within Transcendentalism.
(Lines 11-14)." He considers all of Nature a home and looks forward to finding out what will sing him to sleep. Nature gives Wordsworth a great feeling of safety, just as God often does for others. While he allows it be a safety net to fall back on, he also lets the same Nature be a path to the future. Most would think God guides the path but Wordsworth believes that Nature guides his path.
Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. Print. "Robinson Jeffers - Poems, Biography, Quotes." Robinson Jeffers - Poems, Biography, Quotes.
His father’s actions have had a profound effect on McCandless, to the point that he began to slowly withdraw from the relationships he had with his family and his friends. In order to free himself from a family history of agony and deception, McCandless walked “alone upon the land to become lost in the wild” (Krakauer 163), determined to create a new beginning without the distraction of anything he deemed irrelevant. McCandless was liberated from the opulent environment he despised. Growing up privileged under the wing of a NASA engineer, McCandless