Jon Krakauer’s book, Into the Wild, and film production by Sean Penn was a true story about a college graduate who grew up with a luxurious life and had parents who were mainly worried about the materialistic things. He decided that it was time for him to go his own way. He donated all his money to charity and went on an adventure into the Alaskan Wilderness. His actions and decisions to leave his life behind without stating anything to anyone, including his family, caused many opinions to circulate around McCandless actions. Many can argue about whether he was foolish and selfish for getting up and leaving everybody in his life behind and then dying, and many others can argue that he was just someone who wanted to discover himself and stop
No one makes wise choices all the time, but those who follow their own aspiration makes a person feel more alive. In fact, the people who go out and follow their dreams are explorers or achievers, but the vision of their dreams can become fatal. The reason for this is because they are following their own dreams. Chris McCandless was a hitchhiker who went out into Alaska to get away from society and follow his “‘great Alaskan odyssey. (Krakauer 45)’” Unfortunately, he died, but along the book Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, he takes his readers through Chris’s journal entries and journeys before he heads to Alaska.
It is wrong. Hardy portrays him to be bitter and heartless and therefore he receives no sympathy what so ever. At the end, Farmer Lodge’s character changes, he tries to make up for his previous behaviour and how he ignored his son by setting up a reformatory for boys: “he went away to Port-Bredy, at the other end of the county, living there in solitary lodgings till his death two years later of painless decline.” (Page 33) Hardy uses strong words such as “painless decline” which gives atmosphere about the solitude he lived in. It is clear that Farmer Lodge wants to make up for his previous behaviour by setting up the reformatory and giving a “small annuity” to Rhoda.
He criticized the working class by saying “men labor under a mistake” (Thoreau), and had a firm belief that living deliberately through nature was the source of true happiness and understanding. It seemed as if from the start, Chris McCandless was heavily inspired by Thoreau. McCandless read his books prior to the expedition and gave his best attempt at following in his path. McCandless had been working very hard the past few years in college and finally realized that he had not yet found true happiness, so he wanted to change. He burned the cash in his wallet, gave $25,000 to charity, abandoned his car, and abruptly left his family.
McCandless had no desire for luxuries and he did not bel... ... middle of paper ... ...h and out of options. In His last moments of life he realized that his actions brought him to his doom and that “HAPPINESS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED. (Krakauer 189)” McCandless set out into the wild for the adventure of a lifetime, only to find that the feelings and experiences he gained are greatest when shared with someone. Christopher McCandless is the ideal tragic hero because he had everything in the world but he gave it up to go on a two year trip into the wild and through his own actions he paid the ultimate price. McCandless had a goal to achieve in the wilderness but as Aristotle said “The tragic hero's powerful wish to achieve some goal inevitably encounters limits, usually those of human frailty.
So I asked the question, “How does Krakauer’s life parallel Chris McCandlesses?” Chris and Jon’s life have many parallels and contrasts at the same time. Both gave up most of their possessions to go after a dream they had. Ones dream was to live off the land in the remote regions of Alaska, the other too climb the Devils Thumb, a mountain peak that had never been scaled by man. Each man was aware of the risks, but were they equally prepared when each began their own adventure? I feel that Chris McCandless was at a disadvantage when he first started off.
At the end of the film when Victor and Thomas returned back to their reservation Thomas asked Victor if he knew why his father left, his answer was he didn’t mean to. I don’t believe Arnold ever intended to leave even though he talked about disappearing excessively, he loved everyone too much. When Arnold left, I believe the regret of leaving ate him alive which is why I consider him to be the fourth heart break. The regret and always wondering what life would have been life if he hadn’t of left tormented his heart and mind every day that he was away. I believe that Arnold living with this regret caused him to break his own
All in all, Chris McCandless is a contradictory idealist. He was motivated by his charity but so cruel to his parents and friends. He redefined the implication of life, but ended his life in a lonely bus because of starvation, which he was always fighting against. Nevertheless, Chris and the readers all understand that “happiness only real when shared.” (129; chap.18) Maybe it’s paramount to the people who are now alive.
As someone who is on the other side of success, Willy has an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. He has lost most of the business contacts he enjoyed when he was younger, and has not been successful in updating his selling methods for the generation he is now interacting with. His relationship with everyone centers on fantasies and exaggerated truths, and is an attempt to show to others that he is successful, but most see through this and it ultimately results in his alienation from society. The American Dream for Willy is elusive even though he worked hard and followed its success formula. Hi... ... middle of paper ... ...ed; however, Linda, his wife, wonders during his funeral where all of his friends are.
Readers know that because of the details told at the beginning of the story and through the quote that was used in the second paragraph. Although he felt some resentment towards his father, he still felt obligated to bring him back to the reservation. That is where the theme of family comes into the story. Victor’s father died in his hot trailer and was not found for at least a week. Victor knew the trailer his father was staying had to have smelt ripe.