A long time ago, when I first became aware of the fact that someone had died alone in a bus only twenty miles from a state maintained road, I, like many Alaskans, was inclined to believe he must have been not all there. A lot of that had to do with my limited understanding of the story, and the way it was told to me. When dless died I was only six years old. As a young boy growing up in Alaska, I always had plenty of opportunity to get my fill of the great outdoors. In fact, it was heavily encouraged by my family, my friends, my schools etc. In school we were required to read books like My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George and Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. My parents property backs up to a large track of mostly undeveloped private land, beyond which is nothing but State land: some lakes, swamps, and then an entire mountain range. By the time I was in seventh grade, my parents were allowing me to go off into those woods with some of my friends and camp on our own. Those first trips were full of mistakes. We would forget important things, and we would try and carry far too much in our packs. We had no good gear, and we had no concept of lightweight backpacking. Only one of us had ever been in the scouts, and (no offense Olin) but I don’t think he learned much there. Everything we learned we were either taught by our fathers, or we learned it the hard way. By the time I was sixteen, I’d spent quite a bit of time out in the woods, and I’d learned how to improvise when necessary. Once, against the wishes of my parents, I took my Toyota pickup to the Knik Glacier: an eighteen mile offroad adventure up the Knik River from where the trail leaves the road. It was the middle of winter and I was totally underprepared. I had a .22 rifle to shoot birds with, but I hadn’t brought a knife, or even a lighter. I managed to get the truck stuck and me and my friend Ben ended up spending a night out by the glacier while our friend on a four-wheeler went back for help. Help didn’t arrive until the next day though. We shot some spruce hens and gutted them with a pair of electrical dykes. We managed to get a fire going by pouring the powder from some .22 shells into some cardboard and arcing the truck battery across it with a wrench. Learning from that mistake and countless others though, with the help of my family and friends, I managed to make it to adulthood in one piece. I learned by a gradual process of sticking my hand into darn near each and every fire, to learn that it burned me. What I’m sure must have been a full squadron of guardian angles kept me safe. So by the time I heard about McCandless’ story when I worked for the Alaska Natural History Association at the book store at Independence Mine State Historical Park in 2004, I was pretty confident in my abilities. I couldn’t help but compare myself to him, and think that I could have done it better. Looking back now though, I realize that’s not fair. Maybe I could have done better than Chris, maybe I would have been able to succeed where he failed. I had every advantage though. Chris was not born and raised in Alaska. That wasn’t his fault though. Maybe he wasn’t as prepared as he should have been. Maybe he didn’t have the right gear, or the right skills. Those things are true to a degree as well. The realization I’ve come to though, in the last few years, is that Chris is a lot more like me than I would have admitted back when I first heard about him. He had a desire to explore, and experience nature in it’s raw form. He didn’t have the opportunity to gradually make his mistakes and learn his lessons over the course of a lifetime when it came to the Alaskan wilderness, he had to learn on the fly. Any mistakes that Chris made, were understandable given his inexperience. The difference between him and I (and for that matter most Alaskan outdoorsmen) is that our stupid mistakes never caught up with us. That’s not because we are better people than Chris, or…
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…
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…
highlights “Loved ones neighbor.”P.187
6. There are three theories why Chris died. One he was poisoned by the sweet pea plant. Two Chris just believed he was poisoned by the sweet pea plant. Three he was poisoned not by the sweet pea by by the seed of the wild potato. At that time of year, “it would not be uncommon for a plant with edible roots to have poisonous seeds”p.193
7. If Chris destroyed the cabins because they represented civilization then he probably would have destroyed the bus. His journals…
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.
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…
Into The Wild
Reading the novel, "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer and then watching it in a movie format by Sean Penn, there were obviously similarities and differences even though the film was adapted from the book. The story is mostly the same from the book and the movie about Christopher McCandless’s journey into the wild and his death that became of it. Sean Penn took a different spin by not telling some of the important details, and then putting others in that…
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…
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…
Chris McCandless, the subject of Jon Krakauer in Into the Wild, was not ignorant or unprepared, but he was going out into the wilderness to find the true meaning of life and to see what it was like to live out in the wild on his own. Chris was a great role model for kids all across the country; because he was trying to live out his dream and do what he thought was right in the wild and would not listen to what anyone told him to do. Chris McCandless was a loving and caring…
In his book Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer shows Christopher McCandless as a complex young man who left all his possessions behind and began a trek across part of the United States, which would eventually lead him to his demise in Alaska. During his journey, McCandless encounters numerous friendly individuals who offer him shelter and comfort, which his home could provide, but Chris rejected it. However these same relationships included complexities and touch on conflicts that Chris largely…