Into The Wild Essay

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Samir Kadkade Mr. Dickinson Junior English 5/12/09 Finding NEMO: A Closer Look at Everett Ruess According to modern anthropology, the first legitimate human civilizations were largely dependent on society and cooperation. Regardless of its role in history, it is clear that the evolution of man has come to center around this idea of civilization and community. Nevertheless, throughout time a set of individuals have existed who have trodden the “road less traveled.” Rejecting the society in which they live, these men and women chose to embark on a journey to find personal truth, solace, or simply explore nature. While this practice is often thought of as obscure and stupid by the public, it has often given birth to some of the most phenomenal stories and revelations. Among these great tales come the stories of Christopher McCandless and Everett Ruess. These two characters are similar in many ways; however, Ruess’s aspirations and motivations were much different, perhaps more extreme, than those of McCandless. “In April 1992, a young man from a well-to-do East Coast family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. Four months later his decomposed body was found by a party of moose hunters” (Krakauer 1). This is the story of Christopher McCandless. His adventures recounted in Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, McCandless’s story has captivated readers for years. In fact, the novel has been part of Amazon’s bestseller list for several years. Audiences, captivated by thoughts of nonconformity, immediately empathized toward McCandless’s story of bravery and revolution. In the novel, Krakauer illustrates the story of McCandless’s “Great Alaskan Adventure” through a profound understanding of McCandless’s peculiar character by analyzing the story of his

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