Mccandless Selfishness

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McCandless is convinced that his relationship with nature is more profound and honest than that of his relationship with people. Krakauer deduces that McCandless’s decision to be a vagabond is due to the “threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it” (Krakauer 55). McCandless’s fear of “human intimacy” and “friendship” unravel his true purpose of escaping civilization, which is to break away from burdening others by his imperfections. McCandless presumes that nature would provide him reassurance because it does not doubt his choices and require him to explain himself for any of his actions. Due to this misconception, McCandless has misled himself into thinking that he is refraining others from …show more content…

Though his desires to take care of himself, to be freed from the government law, authority, and human relationships do not make him a selfish person, however, he does not pause and reflect on how his actions would affect those around him. In the case of Ronald Franz, McCandless’s death causes him to lose his faith in God and begin to drink again. Despite the fact that McCandless is largely driven by the principles and morals of London, Thoreau, and Tolstoy, he is also somewhat driven by the desire to punish his parents. McCandless decides to cut off all ties with his family because he resents their compulsion for him to attend law school, their value on materialism, and their authority over him. Despite the fact that McCandless is admirable for practicing what he preaches and doing his best to live up to the moral standards that he sets for himself, the passion that he has for it largely stems from bitterness, anger, and resentment for his parents. This flaw eventually leads McCandless to his downfall. Evidently, McCandless ends up fooling himself to believe that his decision to live in the wilderness is the more honest path than the path others have chosen for

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