Loyalty In Into The Wild

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The human mind appears to consistently maintain a self-destructive pattern; it rejects good ideas and opportunities if they are thrust upon us without choice. Men and women only want to do, have and feel things if they choose to. When things are forced upon them, they are no longer sought after. Why, when humans are holding a glass of water in their hands do they not want to drink it, yet if they had a choice between it and anything else, they would? There is one explanation, choice. Humans will never be completely satisfied with anything, unless it is chosen. In the book, Into the Wild, written by Jon Krakauer, the main character, Chris McCandless incessantly displays this common human trait. He shows this in his relationships with his father, all humans in general and the wilderness. Chris McCandless spent the last eight years of his…show more content…
He had always been captivated by the Yukon. His entire life he dreamed of living there, committing himself to something absolute, which in his mind, was the wilderness. He was content residing there, knowing he could leave at any time. Unfortunately, he discovered that the path home had been destroyed. He then became completely and utterly unhappy. He was satisfied living in Alaska until he discovered that he was no longer living there by choice. His relationship with the wilderness then began deteriorating with his options. Throughout his life, Chris dreamed of being one with the wild. When he finally arrived to where he deemed to be “wilderness” he described himself as “lost in the wild,” “living amongst the wild” and “walking into the wild,” signifying that he was glad to be there. When the tragic day came, and he discovered he could no longer leave, his happiness was replaced with despair. He suddenly began referring to him self as “trapped in the
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