The Impact Chris McCandless Made on the Lives of Others

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Who influenced the other party more? Chris or the people he met along his journey? Without any money, or material objects Chris was able to leave a lasting impact on the people he met on his journey to Alaska. In Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless is able to leave a greater influence on the people he met along his journey to Alaska rather than the impact they made on him.

On Chris’s journey to Alaska, he met a gentleman by the name of Ronald Franz, and is able to leave a lasting impression on him that Ron is not able to reciprocate to Chris. In the book, author Jon Krakauer states “McCandless made an indelible impression on a number of people during the course of his hegira, most of whom spent only a few days in his company, a weeks or two at most. Nobody, however, was affected more powerfully by his or her brief contact with the boy than Ronald Franz” (Krakauer 48). This quotes shows that although there time together is brief, Chris is able to leave an indelible impact on Ron. Nobody understands the life and journey to Alaska that Chris took more than Krakauer, and through his words, he acknowledges that Chris made the biggest impact on Ron. Ron viewed Chris almost like a son. Franz admitted that “even when he was sleeping, I was happy just knowing he was there…At one point Franz dared to make a special request of McCandless…Now that my own boy’s dead, I’m the end of the line. When I’m gone, my family will be finished, gone forever. So I asked Alex if I could adopt him, if he would be my grandson” (Krakauer 55). This quote shows how to Ron, at the time, Chris meant the world to him. It is very touching because Ron admits that he is getting older, and when he dies there will be nobody to carry on his...

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...would have not been prepared for his journey to Alaska. Although only for a short time, Ron is able to nurture Chris by feeding him and taking care of him, as well as teaching him a couple of cool traits such as designing belts out of leather. Although Chris is able to change people, the people are able to change Chris even more.

Throughout Into The Wild, the people Chris interacts with along his journey to Alaska make an impact on Chris. Although the people Chris met do leave an impact on him, Chris is able to leave a greater impact on the people he met. Whether it was Ron Franz, Jan Burres, or Tracy, Chris stayed with them longer than they stayed with Chris. Throughout the book, it is very evident that the impact Chris makes on people is bigger than the Impact people made on Chris.

Work Cited

Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. Print.
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