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.
Chris McCandless's hygiene was often complaint by his manager too and according to his manager it was because of him that Chris McCandless at last quit. Chris McCandless's genius had led him into a tragic death. Yet his ego, passion, courage were something that should be preserved. "No man ever followed his genius till it misled him..." (pg47). Although he failed his mission, he was considered a brave young man who went into the wilderness by himself and was able to survive for 16 weeks in Alaska.
I’m not a destitute. I’m living like this by choice” (51). By putting this near the beginning of their encounters, Krakauer is trying to get across a fast-growing relationship between Franz and McCandless. Franz is eager to help out McCandless when he mentions he needs money for his trip to Alaska, but has his offer rejected as McCandless is determined to go to San Diego alone to work for it. Roughly a month later, McCandless reunites with Franz and their relationship deepens, as Franz starts to see him as his own grandson, wanting to adopt him.
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.
Even while away in college, he carried with him a deep seeded hatred for his parents. I don’t think Christopher was ever happy while in Alaska. I think he truly experienced happiness while on his journey to Alaska. The combination of the friends he made, as well as the simple life he lived allowed him to experience true happiness. Unfortunately, I think Christopher was too focused on the end goal of reaching Alaska that he was never able to realize his happiness until he was dying.
Christopher McCandless, also known as Alex Supertramp , died at age 24 1992, went hitchhiking up in the Alaskan Stampede Trail and survived for four months. After his death Jon Krakauer, the famous arthur of "Into Thin Air", went to do research about Chris in order to have a better understanding of Chris McCandless death. Some believed that it was wrong for Krakauer to glorify McCandless’ death and that it was Chris’s fault to go into the wild without sufficient respect for the wilderness. Others believed that his actions reflect the confidence in an individual testing his own strength of character by pushing himself to the limits of his ability. Although, it is correct that it was Chris’s fault for going into the wild unprepared, however,
If he started a job, he’d finish it” (18). Both of these comments about Chris appeals to ethos because his credibility of being a hard worker is very well proven by his employers. Another strategy Krakauer used that appealed to ethos is the study and research that went into the novel. “I was haunted by the particulars of the boy’s starvation and by vague, unsettling parallels between events in his life and those in my own. Unwilling to let McCandless go, I spent more than a year retracing the convoluted path that led to his death in the Alaska taiga, chasing down details of his peregrinations with an interest that bordered on obsession” (Author’s Note).
Through most of his teenage years, it appears as if he were tortured being stuck in this modern society. But when he was allowed freedom, like in this swap meet, he is happy to be with people and socializes and save up for when he left. His trip to Alaska is a lonely one, so he tries to keep his human connection with him as long as possible. This proves that he is mentally prepared to leave; therefore, mentally ready to drop everything at his home, possibly because there was nothing for him there anymore. Alternatively, Billie McCandless is the mother of Chris McCandless that had a harder time understanding his decisions.
It was easy for McCandless when he was “young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it. When I decided to go to Alaska that April, like Chris McCandless, I was a raw youth who mistook passion for insight and acted according to an obscure, gap-ridden logic. I thought climbing the Devils Thumb would fix all that was wrong with my life. In the end, of course, it changed almost nothing. But I came to appreciate that mountains make poor receptacles for dreams.
For the remainder of Baba’s life, Amir withholds the truth about that day from Baba, not because he forgot about it, but because he finally has his father all to himself. Baba becomes proud of Amir’s accomplishments in America, and Amir decides to cherish that. Before he dies, Baba says, “ ‘There is no pain tonight’ ” (173). If Amir had told him the truth about the incident, Baba may not have been able to die peacefully. Although Amir withheld Baba’s right to the truth, he saved him some