Into The Wild: Transcendentalism

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Into The Wild Questions 1. After graduating from college, Christopher got rid all his savings, destroyed his IDs, and disappeared from the lives of his friends and family. The long term implication of doing this was for him to start a new life, free from restrictions of society. Chris was very much against the establishment and capitalism. One of his reasons for exploring the wilderness and giving away his money was so that he could become free of the chains that bind society. He set out on an adventure, as if he had been living a secret internal life all along, one that suddenly prompted him to throw over the affluent middle-class lifestyle he had conformed with previously to seek a purer place to think and feel in. While his family…show more content…
The quote that Chris carved into the wood indicates that Chris wanted to be free, without any interference from the civilized society. He wants to discover himself and “become lost in the wild,” living his life the way he wants it to be. This relates to Transcendentalism because Chris wants to live according to his own beliefs, regardless of what civilized society would think of his actions and beliefs. This can also be related to Absurdism and The Outsider, because in a way Chris trying to seek value and meaning in life by going out into the wild. Meursault himself had the human tendency to seek value and meaning in life, regardless of his surroundings, just as Chris…show more content…
Chris thought that society was a corrupt and evil institution. He tried as hard as he could to distance himself from the limits that he thought society placed on people's lives. Chris thought that society was a bad influence, and that material things such as money or possessions were evil. That is why he burned his money, and lived with the least possible amount of things. He believed that society was a corrupt institution. He loved his family, even though he did not get along with his father very well. Chris went through his life mostly alone, he has people that he spent some time with, but for the most part he traveled solo. He needed to be alone to thrive, especially when he was in nature. I think that he would say that family is something that is sometimes nice to have, but ultimately, you do not need them to find the meaning in your life. In The Outsider, Meursault is not searching for the meaning of life, but rather believing that there is no meaning to life. 5. Christopher’s appreciation for the beauty of nature connects to The Outsider because Meursault himself appreciated nature himself too. Meursault, a man with a limited range of emotions, uses the sun as an excuse to justify every feeling he has. In the novel he justifies that the sun is the reason for his crime. Meursault is someone who lets the weather dictate his actions. It is reasonable to claim that Meursault is like an element of nature
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