Into The Wild Chris Mccandless Comparison Essay

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Janice Harmon Period: 7 College Essay: Into the Wild English 12: Academic Writing January 2013 Christopher McCandless believed that in order to understand the world, you need to live life to its very fullest. In order to pursue his dream of living a fuller life, Chris gave all of his savings to charity, abandoned his car, burned the rest of his cash, and walked into the Alaskan wilderness. These actions, along with many aspects of McCandless’ personality were greatly inspired by literature. Certain literary figures, especially Henry Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, and Jack London are arguably some of Chris McCandless’ greatest influences, people also whom he shared many similarities with and whose philosophies shaped many of his own. Jack London…show more content…
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born in Tula Province, Russia. His most famous works are War and Peace, and Anna Karenina, the first of which McCandless had on him when he was found in the bus along with Tolstoy’s later novel, The Death of Ivan Ilych. Both McCandless and Tolstoy were born to wealthy families and coincidentally both had strained relationships with their parents. Tolstoy was considered a moral philosopher. He preached of voluntary poverty and spent time wandering as a mendicant, much like McCandless (Schopenhauer 1974). Also similar to McCandless, Tolstoy opposed private property. In his essay titled I Cannot Be Silent, Tolstoy says “You say that this [laws] is the only means of pacifying the people and quelling the revolution, but that is evidently false! It is plain that you cannot pacify the people unless you satisfy the demand of elementary justice advanced by Russia’s whole agricultural population: the demand for the abolition of private property in land. (Tolstoy 4)”. Upon reading this, McCandless found it acceptable to trespass upon government property while canoeing through the United States and

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