Even though there was so much conflict with his family, they were still his family. He wanted them to know what happened to him instead of living in worry over what could have happened to him. He used his new name to keep them from coming to get him, because he needed to take this journey for himself. As it came to an end, and he was aware of that end, Chris wanted them to know and to find him. He was also cut off from civilization for so long, he might have assumed that someone was looking for him, so by writing his birth name, they would know it was him and contact his family.
The Journey of Self-discovery Brian Moore's The Luck of Ginger Coffey When Ginger Coffey brought his family to Canada from Ireland, little did he know that he would attain partial triumph by discovering "himself and the refugee among the lame and the old". With the aid of those around him, Coffey pursued personal freedom and status in his adopted country. He stumbled through a journey of self-discovery while materialism obstructed his vision. The importance of his family rooted Coffey to his homeland and to his moral values while he tried to discover himself as an immigrant. All the world appeared hostile to Ginger Coffey when he tried to carve a niche for himself in this new country, for he felt insecure as a New Canadian—and he was faced with midlife crises to boost.
Since there is no main character in the book, it is thought to be the narrator. However, I wish to disagree with this fact and say that the real main character in this book is Alexander’s brother, Calum, who lives in Toronto. The first time Calum is introduced, one of the first things to come out of his mouth is of family: “I have been thinking the last few days of Calum Ruadh,” (11). We find out that Alexander has a close relationship with his brother and he drives to Toronto to visit him every weekend. This has become almost a tradition because he does not visit him to actually have a constructive conversation or to resolve a problem, although Calum has many of them, the most serious of which is drinking, but instead he visits him only for the sake of visiting him.
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He wasn’t too fond of truly becoming close to others. Krakauer states, “McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well-relieved that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it” (55). This had also occurred a few months prior in Niland Slabs, where he met Burres and Tracy. He had made friends there, and Tracy had developed feelings for him, but he rebuffed any of her advancements; he didn’t want to get involved with others, not after having left home for his journey. To him, having had friends and family that he left behind, he loved people, but he didn’t want to be close to them in any way other than purely being around them.
Also, with the skill he experiences while hitchhiking, he could of acknowledge the difference in the environments. Lastly, being self-absorbed made his trip fatal because no one but a few friends knew where he was. The fact Chris didn’t tell his family where he was headed to lead him to his death in which he is only responsible for. But he died at peace according to his journal. By letting his family know where he was, they could 've sent a search party after a few months to see if he was safe.