Why Was Chris Mccandless Death

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Almost 24 years ago, Chris McCandless died in unfortunate circumstances. When the news was released that a young man in his early twenties was found dead in the wilderness many people speculated that it was just another hopeless hitchhiker. However this story took a three hundred sixty turn when author Jon Krakauer wrote a lengthy article on McCandless 's death. When the book was later published, the public response was incredible. Even though this happened about 24 years ago Chris McCandless 's death is still argued and discussed today. The events and circumstances leading up to Chris McCandless’s death are what seem to frustrate many readers. As stated in many articles, books, and blogs Chris McCandless died in April 1992 all by himself in…show more content…
Jan Burres, in the story seems to be the mother figure that McCandless always wanted in his life. Looking into McCandless life, to the naked eye it seems that he had it all it almost seems that he even had a perfect life. McCandless was very successful in school, his parents owned their own company which gave them plenty of money, and his sister was his best friend and the only person he could truly confide in. McCandless, it can be said, was very fortunate and lived comfortably. However, in the book, Krakauer explains that when McCandless’s parents argued they would drag their children into their verbal disagreements and force them to take sides. As a result of this McCandless did not have a caring loving mother figure in his life. When McCandless met Jan Burres on his journey he immediately sought out the mother figure he always wanted in his life. Jan Burres demonstrates how naive McCandless was. In the book, Krakauer claims that Jan Burres said, “‘So I said to Bob, ‘Man we got to take this kid with us. You need to school him about some things.’”(30). Burres could clearly see the McCandless was just too naive and helpless to be wandering around the country. In order to complete such a treacherous task, McCandless should have experienced semi adventures and journeys by himself first before doing it all at once. With experience McCandless would have gained the knowledge on what…show more content…
Before arriving to his final destination, McCandless makes sure to stop by and purchase some books. Out of the decisions he has made in the story, this has to be one of the smartest. McCandless purchases books about the edible plants in Alaska and how to hunt. In Alaska, McCandless consumed various of plants and even shot a moose. However, when McCandless first shot the moose he was not certain on what he had killed. Due to his inexperience and insufficient knowledge of hunting, consequently, McCandless did not preserve the meat properly resulting in unfavorable circumstances. The meat was covered with mold and larva. This unfavorable circumstance caused McCandless to feel terribly sorry for killing an innocent animal in which turned out to be good use for him. Even though McCandless has purchased a book on which plants to eat in Alaska, he still managed to eat the wrong plants. In the book Krakauer states, “The book advises only that the roots of the wild potato are edible”(192). It is speculated that his death was caused by poisonous potato seeds that he consumed. When McCandless consumed the seeds, his body began rejecting the poison causing his to vomit and have the runs. This tragic event left McCandless weak and unable to consume the proper nutrition in order for im to survive. It can be clearly noted that reading a book is not going to do much
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