Chapters 1-7 Chris McCandless is a very odd person, and a very awkward character that makes the reader think he is crazy for leaving his perfectly fine family and sister behind to go die in the woods somewhere. You can tell he wasn’t the brightest color in the crayon box by the people he associated himself with as well. Crazy Ernie, for example, is a prime character to look to for a reflection of McCandless in. Chris worked for him to make some money but when he realized Ernie had no intention of paying him, he left. This doesn’t say that he was a materialistic person, just a reasonable man that chose to do what any other normal person would do, and stole a bike for his work and left.
“Jack ran until he couldn’t feel the pain of the war, couldn’t feel the eyes of his platoon behind him.” Here in this line shows that at this point he was not a hero. He is a person who was scared for his own life. “No one had ever survived the camps and he had no idea what he was up against but he was determined to get his men back even if that meant certain and instant death.” Here it shows that he had put away his personal gain and became a hero. Another quote “The difficulty in life is the choice” by George Moore. This quote relates to this story because Jack had to make a difficult choice, he could have saved himself and be known as a coward or wrest his life to save his men and be known as a hero.
The man was also warned at the beginning of the story, that when it gets too cold, one must be accompanied with a partner. Ignoring the man at the creek, the main character goes off to do his own thing. The man in to build a fire, possesses great pride in himself, is ignorant of those around him, is selfish, stubborn, and has elicited sympathy from the audience since his fate was in such danger. At the beginning it may seem as if the man knew what to do and what not to do during the cold winters of Alaska. Yet, it was only pride that made him look this way.
A Hapless Hero Arthur Miller demonstrated in Death of a Salesman that tragic heroism still possible in the modern world, but the tragic hero or tragic heroine should be of noble birth or hold an important social position, be basically virtuous, and desire to do good. However, Wily Loman is not a tragic hero because he is hapless rather than heroic, his personal tragedy that comes from his lack in ability to admit his errors and learn from them. Instead, he fits Miller's description of the pathetic character, one who "by virtue of his witlessness, his insensitivity, or the very air he gives off, is incapable of grappling with a much superior force," (Miller1). The definition of a tragic hero is a condition of life that allows an individual to find the route of self-realization and discover to the fullest extent of his or her capabilities. This insight only occurs when an individual bravely endure the "total examination of the 'unchangeable' environment" (Miller1).
He made a lot of mistakes based on arrogance. I don’t admire him at all for his courage nor his noble ideas. Really, I think he was just plain crazy.” Callaman is trying to say that McCandless’ journey was pointless and stupid. I understand why he has that view of things but I still think he doesn’t completely understand and has yet to “be in McCandless’ shoes”. “He intended to invent an utterly new life for himself…to symbolize the complete severance from his previous life…” McCandless’ intentions were clear to him and he made it clear for others to see that he wanted to start over.
Orwell’s definition of a hero calls for someone who is ordinary seeking to change society even when knowing they cannot succeed. Orwell created a hero who most certainly failed. Winston’s failure is a result of Orwell simply creating a human being, who like all other human beings, is flawed. Yet the answer still remains that, yes Winston is a hero when compared to Orwell’s understanding of a hero. He is an ordinary man who rebels while knowing he will not succeed.
But did he fully understand how rocky the trail would be? According to Jim Gallien, “Livin’ in the bush ain’t no picnic” (Krakauer 5). These are words that McCandless seemed to take lightly. Having no control over what nature decided to do, Chris face several things that would have made anyone else give up on what it is they set out to do. First, a flood came, forcing him to leave his car behind.
25 March 2014 Chris McCandless vs. The Smoking Game (Rough Draft) Chris McCandless managed to live a long time in the wilderness, even though he was not prepared. He traveled around the United States surviving with very little supplies, little money, and few necessary tools. I believe that McCandless’s death was from food deprivation, because he did not succeed at preserving meat. This was proof that McCandless was incapable of achieving this adventure.
While some may argue that Michael’s greatest flaw is his lack of passion, it can also be said that his ‘God complex’ and hypocritical nature are his greatest defects. The claim that Michael’s exhibits a ‘chilling lack of passion’ is not necessarily true. While he did execute a heinous crime of not consummating his marriage with Elinor, it is clear that his intentions were decent and he only wished to help her as she was “in need of expiation”. His relationship with Anna demonstrates that Michael is not in fact lacking in passion or consideration. He is capable of being “tender” and “gentle” towards her and show true affection.
Weak channels of distribution were very poor and made it difficult for them to transfer merchandise. One key factor they were missing is not having a warehouse. Not having locations to store inventory made it very difficult for managers to try and figure the accurate quantity for each destination as they grew in unfamiliar areas. This leads to being over stocked with product that causes the expenses to outweigh the profit. The lack of organization is very present in this case.