Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer is a nonfiction story. A significant theme I found in Into the Wild is Chris’s desire for exploration, and explanation of true happiness, freedom, and beauty. Christopher also wanted to travel, because he wanted to find out about mankind and get away from society. The main character Christopher did some unusual things many that led others to believe that Christopher was crazy, insane, or mentality ill. Despite what he did he was well educated, and highly respected by everyone who knew him. Christopher came from a rich suburb of Washington D.C. He excelled in school and had been an outstanding athlete. He graduated with honors from Emory University, and soon after he dropped out. He changed his name from Christopher to Alex, gave his twenty-four-thousand dollar savings account to charity, abandoned his car, and burned all of the cash in his wallet. He desired to live off of the land and traveled across North America. Christopher was stubborn he did things his way, and didn't listen to the preparations he was told to undertake. There were several ways that Christopher wasn’t prepared for what he was getting himself into. Christopher was emotionally prepared when he headed out into the wilderness, but he was not prepared in what he needed to survive. He was a smart young guy who believed in the idea that he could live off from the wild. When he was ready to go back to civilization the river he came across that was once shallow was now way too high and dangerous to cross. For example, “Alex’s cheap leather hiking boots were neither waterproof nor well insulated… he had no ax, no bug dope, no snow shoes, and no compass. The only navigational aid in his possession was a tattered state road map he’d scrounged at a gas station”( Krakauer 4). This certain text is what indicated to me how un prepared he was. It was also part of the Boy Scout rule to be prepared right? When Christopher began traveling he went by the name “Alexander”. I felt that Chris took pride in surviving with a minimum of gear, funds and of his little preparation. I discovered that Chris had a problem taking advice, either from the experts or his friends or family. He wanted to prove to himself that he could, and also he was opposed to a lot of societies "routines and values". Another example,” I can’t believe they’d try and buy me a car” (Krakauer 21). Chris complained in a letter to his sister Carine. His father wanted to buy him a new car, but he didn't see the necessity in it when his car worked just fine. He felt that he could function without the help of standard society, and he went "into the wild" for the adventure, to leave society behind, to prove to himself he could. Chris had a strong view by the constructs of modern society. He did not want to squander his life in menial job in pursuit of material wealth. Instead he wanted the freedom, and true happiness found only in simpler life in true nature is what he believed. Chris was tired of the routine life that most people live in America. He thought titles, careers, and money amounted to nothing but theater, and he hated the materialism that money brought. He believed money was "shameful, corrupting, and inherently evil." I think for most of all Chris wanted to prove to himself that he could go live into the wild and survive. At one point Christopher had gotten a job at a fast food place, and he wanted to know what hard work felt like since he was used to the fact that everything was handed to him easily. He left the job, because he wasn’t allowed to work without socks and he took that quiet offensively. One of the ways Christopher had many to respect him, was his adherence to principles. He didn’t simply talk about how his parents were too materialistic, or stated that he won’t be as greedy as he believes them to be. Instead, he lives by his anti-materialism, like giving away all of his life savings to charity, only making the bare minimum of money that he
27 February 2015
Prompt 2: You Only Live Once
Most people live by the saying “YOLO”, but Chris McCandless took it to the next level.
In the story, “
Into The Wild
” by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless goes on an extreme journey
that ended up being a tragic story. McCandless is not a foolish person for doing what he wanted
to do with his life because we are all born to do different things, be different people. His
adventure was a getaway…
Into the Wild Reaction Essay
The book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a book about Chris McCandless’ experience and his life choices. Chris went to Alaska to live in solitude and get away from civilization. He wanted to live off the land and face the Alaskan wilderness and the forces of nature. Chris McCandless’ experiences reveal valuable life lessons about how you should keep your goals in sight and do not give up on those goals, do not listen to other people’s opinions about your dreams,…
was bacteria that did it. Bacteria killed the young man who had traveled thousands of miles around the United States, paddled from the Grand Canyon to the Gulf of Mexico, and survived months off of the Alaskan wilderness and rice. The book Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, tells the story of a young man who went on the journey of his lifetime. Having fled from his abusive home life after getting honors at a prestigious college, Chris McCandless, or as he was known when he traveled, Alexander Supertramp…
“Into The Wild”
In April of 1992 a young man named Chris McCandless entered the wilderness of Alaska alone. Three years before McCandless wilderness act he decided to not attend college but to then to disappear from home to create a new life for himself. To seek the ultimate freedom to be one with nature. Avoid all contact of the world but only live solely of his own morals and rules. According to Jon Krakauer the author of the novel “Into The Wild” illustrates the extent McCandless had taken…
English Essay “Into the Wild’
The way that we construct our identity through our actions is the way that we speak or the way that we carry ourselves, and the way that our emotions show. Chris McCandless however never really showed his emotions. Instead Chris would always try to push away the people that tried to get close to him. In the novel “Into the Wild” Krakauer did not introduce Chris’s parents to us right away, but instead Krakauer let the story go on to about halfway so that we’d be more…
The Long Walk into the Wild
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all…
What if you decided one day to abandon everything you have and move into the wild, where were you go? In the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer a unique man named Chris McCandless chose an answer for this question, and decided to survive in the alaskan wilderness. Lots of people believed he was crazy ,but he wasn't alone. Chris is very similar to everett ruess which proves that he is not crazy. Chris and Everett are similar in many ways.
First way you can say Chris and Everett are similar…
Pre AP English II
Into the Wild
There are some people among us that are different; they don’t seem to fit in the normal standards that our society is based on. The non-fiction novel Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer describes in detail the epic but tragic journey of Chris McCandless, a young man who didn’t seem – or want to conform to the conventional ways of modern life. Some critics argue that he was simply ignorant; he walked out of a potentially great life…
Into The WildPrompt: Explain why Chris makes the decisions he does that results in his death. Leave the reader with a sense of how they should feel about Chris and his decisions.
“Into The Wild Assessment”
Throughout the book Into The Wild the main character, Chris McCandless, makes many decisions that most people in society would not choose to make. However, there is reasoning as to why Chris made the decisions he did, both before and during his journey, leading up to his death in Alaska.
all. I agree with the author as it is the ultimate end to life itself and nobody can be there for someone when they die.
I believe the essay from which the quote comes from is related to Into the Wild because the author knows how the fear of death can grip you in it's claws. The Author of Into the Wild describes that he has felt “stiff with fear” and commented on that “ the idea of my own death was still largely outside of my conceptual grasp .” sitkine
“There was something grand and barbaric in…