Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a compelling story of Chris McCandless going out into the wild to find truth in himself and all around, as he does not find peace and love in his own family. Chris had long dreamed of leaving onto a journey for himself, so he would no longer be pressured by all that had been around him for all of his childhood, “Don't settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon.”. Here Chris speaks of all to be found in the world, as when we stay and live in one place, time goes without any adventure and excitement, trapped in the society Chris wanted so much to be out of. He was simply searching for what was not available in society.
The Power of Adventure In the book, Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, Krakauer writes about his failed exploration in Alaska that forced him to turn around after many setbacks. Chris McCandless, the main character of this novel is found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and his travels are retraced back through the two years he went missing. Krakauer explores McCandless’s motivations and experiences to recount on his own experience attempting to climb Devils Thumb. Most of Krakauer’s life was spent in and around Alaska, which was a major influence to write this novel. Krakauer’s childhood was a life outdoors and full of adventure, which was brought on by his father.
Austin Gahagan English 12 17 December 2013 Chris McCandless The Wild Within In Jon Krakauer's novel Into the Wild, Chris McCandless, the main character, seeks nature so that he can find a sense of belonging and the true meaning of who he is. However, it is the sense of belonging and nature that eventually takes his life away from him. At the end of his life, he discovers his purpose and need of other people. After Chris McCandless death in Alaska, Krakauer wrote Into the Wild to reflect on the journey that McCandless made. Krakauer portrays McCandless as a young man who is reckless, selfish, and arrogant, but at the same time, intelligent, determined, and independent.
When he writes to a friend, contrasting the deep peace of the wild with the discontent bred by cities, he claims that "It is enough that I am surrounded with beauty." On a piece of plywood inside the abandoned bus in which he died he identifies himself as "an extremist, an aesthetic voyager." It is an identification that goes with his passion for aloneness and his avoidance of enduring human commitments, whether to family or to the friends who help him get to Alaska. His proper affiliate is an avant-garde artist like the impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, for whom Tahiti was a necessary escape from his family and the contaminating commitments of bourgeois Europe. Alaska was Chris' Tahiti as Walden was Thoreau's.
Christopher McCandless and I have both gone through similar interests regarding our feelings about adventure, the urge to get away, and wanting to be independent. Into the Wild by John Krakauer is a story of a boy with strong feelings about the world. These feelings drive him to do what most people would never do, which is to go into the wilderness with little knowledge or experience on surviving
I Rose today mourning for the loss of a cousin, a dear friend, a brethren and mentor whose morals I myself strive to achieve as the New King of Scotland. For me, life without Duncan is like a winter’s night without the warmth of a fire, feels like a thousand prickling needles in my heart and is a world hidden in the depths of darkness absent from the rays of light and life. If there is one term worthy of Duncan, it is ‘courage’. He was a shining light to his people, loving and generous with the heart of a lion. He has led his nation into wealth and understanding.
Once both have been fully recovered, they set off to find civilization. On this journey, Buck saves Thorton numerous times. Despite the strong love Buck has for Thorton, he still hears the call of the wild, and can’t help but feel like he’s being dragged away from civilization and into the wilderness once again. With the winnings from a bet Buck helped him win, Thorton decided to take a trip and find a lost gold mine. He works long and hard hours while Buck wanders off by himself in the wilderness.
Though the pet was once a great sheepdog, it was put out to pasture once it stopped being productive. Candy realizes that his fate is to be put on the roadside as soon as he’s no longer useful on the ranch, he won’t be treated any differently than his dog. In 1930’s America there was no welfare system for the older generation as they were expected to take care of themselves. Candy and his dog parallel the relationship of George and Lennie. Like Candy's dog, Lennie depends on George to take care of him and show him what to do.
His ultimate goal is to reach the expansive terrain called the Alaskan frontier. The film follows and efficiently depicts the life he leads during his two years battle against civilization and development. The viewer sees the happiness he receives from his journey, but also the pain brought on by it. In the end, his death sparks a multitude of emotions
Possible it was so he could find himself. Maybe the only way he could really know who he was, was to remove him self from all that he has known and give himself to the hands of nature. Everyone is tied to nature in one way or another, however sometimes the connection is so strong that they get lost in it. For example, Chris’ leaving into the wild becomes something in nature that is exaggerated or to strong. In doing this he and the others in this world who do this hope that eventually will discover themselves.