Chris Mccandless Fate

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Many brave souls have dared to survive the harsh depths of the wilderness, only to meet their demise. A man who met a similar fate was Chris McCandless, a boy who wanted to fly but flew to close to the sun and burned. He was born to a rich family in Washington D.C. and had outstanding academics but after graduating he donated all his possessions to charity and began traveling. He desired to live alone in the wilderness enjoying the freedom it allowed. Chris traveled around the United States for about two year before heading to Alaska, his last stop. His adventure stands out because he was not well prepared or mentally ready for his journey. Chris McCandless met his inevitable death because he was an arrogant narcissist that was foolish and reckless. …show more content…
He was clearly unprepared for his coming adventure being under supplied with resources, like food and clothes and also lacked common survival skills. Jon Krakauer the author of the book drew a similar parallel while referring to McCandless, “Untutored in the ways of the backcountry, and incautious to the point of foolhardiness (pg 85).” The author points out that Chris is incautious most likely because Chris doesn't know what he is doing. This is the same idiotic reckless behavior that ends up getting him killed. It is also important that the author makes note of how unprepared McCandless was for the journey. Chris had a false sense of self leading him to being clearly and almost completely unprepared for the journey he