The Style Of Life In Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

1200 Words5 Pages
What if someone examined their own day-to-day life? Most of us would admit to leading a lifestyle that is systemized and orderly, doing the same thing you do every day. People get so accustomed to this style of life and satisfaction, that they never find the true meaning behind life. In Jon Krakauer’s, Into the Wild, Chris McCandless explains that, “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.” After reading Into the Wild many of us might change our routine lives based on deadlines, schedules, and security, and lead a more adventurous and exciting life. One idea in Krakauer’s novel is “to encounter new experiences for happiness, because there is no other joy than having an endlessly changing horizon.” To engage in these new experiences, what do you think someone would do to change the way they live? Chris McCandless’ way of changing his own lifestyle was to be nomadic, hitchhiking his way around the country, escaping a society he disliked, and finding a true home and identity in the Alaskan wild. Christopher Johnson McCandless is a young man from a well-to-do family and a graduate from Emory University in Atlanta. He is a man of great morality and integrity, “if he started a job, he’d finish it. It was almost like a moral thing for him. He was what you’d call extremely ethical. He set pretty high standards for himself.” One of those standards, or a goal following his college education was to invent a new life and search for his true ... ... middle of paper ... ... definitely makes an impact with multiple themes. Chris was searching for his identity, wanted to live a new life, and have new experiences. He burned his money thinking that it makes people cautious. He left society thinking that it only poisons people and their true character. He left thinking that he needs a new life and identity. Then, after living a life of freedom in the wild, he eventually finds out what he truly wants in life: happiness. Chris McCandless was to some a “psycho,” but hopefully to many he was an example of someone who just lives. His own philosophy and theme was that, “if you want something in life, just reach out and grab it.” To Christopher Johnson McCandless anything was possible, he lived in new experiences and found that happiness is only present when shared. Work Cited Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. Print.
Open Document