Examples Of Heroism In Into The Wild

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Kayla Stenhouse Period 8-Thomas August 2012 Into the Wild Essay How would you define a hero? There’s a heated debate about if the main character, Chris McCandell, was a hero or if he was arrogant. The main character, Chris decides to go on a journey in the wild and doesn’t tell his family. His decision-making has some people believe that it was the right thing to do, while others believe that it was stupid of him to do. In my opinion, Chris was arrogant and I’ll tell you why. There’s a major difference between being arrogant and heroic. In this novel Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, the main character seems to be more arrogant than heroic. Throughout the book, Chris’s decision making wasn’t very intelligent. Chris decided to go into…show more content…
Chris McCandell seemed to lack common sense. In chapter 7, he compared his issues with a character in a book. The character in the book ran away from his family, and Chris felt like he should run away from his family too. Chris didn’t have to do what the character did, but he chose to. Something like this wasn’t necessary for him to do. Another quote, ”It may, after all, be the bad habit of creative talents to invest themselves in pathological extremes that yield remarkable insights but no durable way of life for those who cannot translate their psychic wounds into significant an or thought.” This shows that Chris did not want anyone to worry about him or bother looking for him. This was a selfish decision for him to make. No matter how bad things might end up, he still didn’t seem to want anyone to worry about him. Chris decided to drift away from everybody. Choosing to be alone and not care about your family was arrogant of him. In chapter 12, Chris found out about his father living a double life. He decided to keep that a secret from everyone, including his father. For example,

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