McCandless ardently disliked the government and found the conditions of the world appalling; his disdain towards the way the world functioned could only be settled if he could run away from it all or so he thought. McCandless’ ideology and passions stemmed from those of the author, Jack London – he fervently condemned capitalist society, glorified the primordial world, and championed the great unwashed (44). Living in a society in which nature was exploited to support consumerism, McCandless realized that he could reject that ...
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... in his attempt to run away from himself, he was unable to truly escape Christopher McCandless. And although he was not truly successful in running away from his identity, McCandless appeared to succeed in running away from society and running away from the predictability of what life would bring. Departing from the heavy burdens he found in his society, his life, and the world was the only way McCandless seemed to truly be happy and he did just that. He let go of his worrying and concern and focused on bettering himself by connecting with nature. Eventually, McCandless realized that happiness is only real when it is shared (189) but without running away from society and the people who cared about him, he would not have stumbled upon that realization.
Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. Anchor Books ed. Villard, NY: Random House, 1997. Print.
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