People need connections with others, but these connections are not always what brings them to their absolute highest level of happiness. Chris proceeded to record his personal thoughts in his journal, further proving to the reader the point that personal connections are not essential to happiness. “I now walk out and live amongst the wild. Take care, it was great knowing you.” (69), Chris wrote on a card sent to two generous people, Jan and Bob Burres. How briefly this sentence was written and how easily the “good-bye” was said to the couple that took him in and gave him supplies, Chris had displayed that his desire to be on his own was greater than his desire for theirs or anyone’s, friendship.
Lennie is more excited about it than George, ‘come on George, tell me.’ Repeats Lennie, suggesting that although he knows what the dream is, he wants to hear it again to give him some security and hope. Throughout the first section stienbeck emphaisises how unusual the friendship is. Firstly he descirbes the two men as completely different. Lennie is animal-like ‘the way a bear drags his paws.’ And George is controlled, ‘everypart of him was defined.’ This shows how the friendship is weird because of how different they are and Steinbeck also tells the reader that ranch workers are alone. This timie in America is when workers travelled to California alone to find work, and having relationships was not normal.
Candy has pledged his savings to the project of the dream ranch, and cannot let go of his one remaining hope of a pleasant old age when Crooks says it will never happen. When Candy fools himself, saying ‘You god-damn right we’re gonna do it’, we realize just how pathetic and vulnerable he is. It is very hard not to feel pity for him at this point. Overall, therefore, there are many characters in the book towards whom we feel sympathetic, and there are many who are also pathetic: generally the two things go together, but Curley is perhaps the exception who proves the
“There are times when it could save your life, believe me.”’ (Bryson p305) Bryson shows us that it is ridiculous the way we feel the need to “have” things to make our lives complete. This man is convinced that this product could someday save his life and that he absolutely “needs” it to survive in the wilderness. People seem to think that we need gadgets or “state of the art” things, in order to have a meaningful experience. At the beginning of the book, Bryson is attempting to prepare for life on the trail, but trying to be practical about the amount of things he “needs” as well as the cost of all of these items. Bryson’s wit reveals how a person’s “wants” gets in the way of them realizing they don’t need extra man-made items when nature offers so much.
Similarly to Jan Burres thoughts on McCandless expedition, Westerberg did not agree with most of McCandless’ ideas, such as traveling to Alaska and leaving his parents, but he admired McCandless passion toward reaching his goal. Westerberg said to Chris during the conversation, “You're a young guy! You can't be juggling blood and fire all the
Their care gave Matt a form of stability, forming his character and keeping him from becoming someone like Tom, a young man who has received no love and positive attention. Tam Lin gave Matt this stability in a different manner, one that could be seen generally as something more positive. The bodyguard’s care stems from his love for the boy, shown in the way he answers all of
A Dying Tradition and the Struggle for Existence The beauty of life is that everyone is free to make his or her own choices about life and what circumstances make them happy or unhappy. Christopher McCandless, famous for his Alaskan adventure in April 1992, writes: “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more dangerous to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future… The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon,
Dylan Summers “Do What Makes You Happy” A Soul Searcher is defined as someone who leaves every aspect of their former life behind to go on a spiritual journey to discover, or rediscover, something that they were missing. Chris McCandless went into the wild to find his true self, and that is exactly what he did. Throughout his journey, McCandless met many people. Most of which would agree that Chris was an amiable, altruistic young man. Even though Chris was rather unprepared to go into the wild, he had a sense of confidence about him that seemed impenetrable.
He distinguishes himself from his father and grandfather by his wish to | | |retain the natural environment rather than impose changes onto it. Ashley’s return home resonates with many | | |of us when we travel overseas but are always happy to be back, to be back to where we feel we belong. | | | |Personal experience or observation | |However, growth and development can only occur when we are pitted against the unknown and the uncomfortable. |
Lastly, the fathers expectations of two characters does not align with the mothers, yet in one piece of literature the mother expected exactly what the father wished. The feeling of not conforming to societal and parental expectations and not being appreciated condemns youth into believing they are worthless and negatively affects their outlook on life. “Brother Dear” and “A Cap for Steve” both deal with the raw issue of parents not accepting children’s ambitions in life. The two main characters have different goals yet both goals resembled the life that they wish to live at that time. Greg, from the short story “Brother Dear,” does not desire to attend university and become a man of business yet that is all his father wants for him.