Is Chris Mccandless Crazy Or Crazy

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Many people are intrigued by movies, books, and TV. Shows about the various amazing adventures one can take on while living in the outdoors. This is verified in Jon Krakauers book Into the Wild when a young man from a wealthy family abandons his life by giving his twenty five thousand in savings to charity, ditches his car, burns all his cash, and hitchhikes to Alaska leaving everyone behind only to wonder what happened to him. People question the sanity of Chris and whether or not he was crazy or just a young man trying to find his true self. In order to figure out why he decided to do what he did we have to look at several different topics such as the grip wilderness has on the American imagination, the allure of high risk activities, and…show more content…
So many people focus on what kind of care the drive, how big of a house they own and how much money they have, Chris wanted the exact opposite of what most people want, independently living on his own in the wilderness with no one’s help but his own. In the quote by Jon Krakauer he states, “McCandless didn’t perform particularly well to the bush casualty stereotype. Although he was rash, foolhardiness, he wasn’t incompetent-he wouldn’t have lasted one hundred and thirteen days if he were. And he wasn’t a nutcase, he wasn’t a sociopath, wasn’t an outcast. McCandless was something else-although precisely what is hard to say. A pilgrim perhaps.”(85) When everyone else was finishing their education and furthering their future Chris wanted nothing but freedom and the chance to follow his dream. He could care less about how much money he had on him, or even leaving his family behind. The people that came across Chris were deeply fond of him. Everyone he met fell in love with him and wanted to know more and more about his life. According to Wayne Westerberg “He tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often.”(18) When a person is frustrated, often they take out that frustration on those they love the most. Learning to deal with all the struggles people are faced with today can be difficult but when the right people are involved and materialistic things are the least of their worries anyone can overcome

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