Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed

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To say that Cheryl Strayed has overcome many things in her life is an understatement. She has an unmistakable amount of courage and bravery. Cheryl goes through a complete transformation within her life. The person she becomes after all of her pain and struggles is unbelievable. During her tough journey through life, Cheryl has truly found herself and becomes the person she knows her mother raised.

Cheryl’s journey in life started with struggles at a very young age. From the time she was very young, her parents had a very violent relationship that resulted in her father leaving. In many cases this would be acknowledged as a good thing, and I’m not disagreeing, but that hardship of losing your own father is also a tragedy to deal with. Many times, parental issues lead to children pulling away or rebelling, but Cheryl never did. She was so grateful to have the family that she did have and appreciated all that her mother did for her and her siblings. I believe that is a key reason as to why her mother’s death was so hard on her. Of course, anyone who loses a parent would be devastated, but losing the only parent you have, the only one who has ever done anything for you, that makes things ten times worse.

Cheryl’s mother was the glue, the mold that held what family she had left together. When Cheryl lost her mother, in a way she also lost the rest of her family. As her mother was dying, Cheryl was the only child to stay by her mother’s side pretty much 24/7. The fact that her siblings weren’t really there for their mother really bothered Cheryl. And, after her mother passed away, they all drifted away from each other. Cheryl did everything she could to keep her family together, but I think she felt as if no one else w...

... middle of paper ... completely different relationships with their parents. . I look at her relationship differently not only because her mother is dead and their fathers are alive, but because their relationships were completely different. Cheryl actually had a relationship with her mother, and a pretty good one at that. McCandless and Krakauer didn’t exactly always have good relationships with their fathers. I believe Krakauer and McCandless took their journeys to prove something to their fathers, or to get their attention. Cheryl didn’t have to prove anything to her mother. She took her adventure to prove something to herself and to find herself, and that’s exactly what she did.

Works Cited

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

Strayed, Cheryl. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Print.
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