Into the Wild: Killed by Stupidity, Not Starvation Essay

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Surviving is something humans have been doing for centuries. Hunt or be hunted has been the key motto to achieve the modern life that we have today; but what happens when humans don’t have to survive in the same primal way that they once had to anymore? The basics of survival are forgotten, and instincts are buried. The human race has collectively lost touch with their origins. Although there are some who attempt to reconnect themselves with nature and living like we once did, most prefer to keep up with the times. Then there are those who believe that survival is hardwired in them, that they already know how to live only off the land, like Chris McCandless. He is one among the many ignorant, ill prepared people who have attempted to live in the Alaskan wildlife and have not made it out alive. Although he is one person out of hundreds that have been destroyed by Alaska’s interior, his odyssey gained attraction because of Jon Krakauer’s romanticized version of the story. He painted McCandless as a young man on a quest that could only be completed by having minimal things, including necessary knowledge about his voyage ahead. The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t matter how you spin it, Chris McCandless walked off into the dangerous Alaskan terrain with next to nothing and expected to survive. Craig Medred is correct in claiming that McCandless was “killed by stupidity, not starvation” because of his poor judgement starting from when he left home, to the moment he died. There’s no debating that the equipment that Chris McCandless, or as he was going by at the time Alex Supertramp, brought along with him was minimal. Krakauer himself even describes his gear as such, “His rifle was only .22 caliber, a bore too small to rely on if he expected to kill large animals like moose and caribou, which he would have to eat if he hoped to remain very long in the

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