The Mccandless Journey

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Ventures are made on an endless range of rationales, ranging from the most minute personal goals to wishes for world-wide impact. Jon Krakauer's investigatory narrative, Into the Wild, explores the long, cross-country journey of Chris McCandless, a top Emory University graduate from a wealthy family that was primed for an immediately successful career. Unexpectedly, the young wanderer left his life of comfort, and instead, dedicated himself to living a life of complete isolation from the restriction of society, chasing complete freedom. However, despite McCandless’ valiant efforts to completely disconnect himself from the system, his death ultimately cut short a voyage that undeniably remained affixed to the many hallmarks of modern, civilized society. Through his research of McCandless’s journey, Krakauer successfully exemplifies McCandless’s failure to free himself of all societal machinations, which discredits Chris’s belief that he had succeeded in freeing himself from any reliance or burden of society.
McCandless heavily relied on not only the assistance of others, but used them for free vehicular transport, contradicting his “civilization-less” ideology.
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There’s no question that McCandless’ journey was impressive, and, for a young graduate with little experience in the outside world, lived a life that seemed to fulfill his dream of freedom and independence. However, the words “seemed to” act as the border between that ideal life and complete liberty, and unfortunately for McCandless, he wasn’t able to see to wall that was constructed upon it. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” Unfortunately for McCandless, this could not be more