Themes In Into The Wild

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“I wish to acquire the simplicity, native feelings, and virtues of savage life: to divest myself of the factitious habits, prejudices and imperfections of civilization:. . . and to find, amidst the solitude and grandeur of the western wilds, more correct views of human nature and of true interests of man. The season of snow was preferred, that I might experience the pleasure of suffering, and the novelty of danger.” these words by Elwick Euans 1818. Every human being, in the deepest reaches of his/her soul, has an innate desire to be one with the wild: however, in most this desire is easily quenched, but in some cases, like that of Chris, the desire becomes overwhelming and uncontrollable. The 1996 biography, Into the Wild, was written by Jon…show more content…
Like many of us, McCandless had grown tired and frustrated with everyday life in modern society, and had longed to get away and live a more meaningful existence; however, the reason many of us do not walk away is because we have responsibilities, we have a duty to the people that love us. Unfortunately McCandless was too selfish to ever realize that he can’t just live for himself. Instead Chris decided to abandon his family and leave them to deal with the heartache and pain of his departure; left to forever question and wonder where he was and whether or not he was safe. “I don’t know how I’ll ever get over it. I wasn’t dreaming. I didn’t imagine it. I heard his voice! He was begging, ‘Mom! Help me!” But I couldn’t help him because I didn’t know where he was. And that was all he said: ‘Mom! Help me!’” (126) Chris’s mother said this after waking up in the middle of the night from a nightmare about her son. It must be one of the most horrific and unbearable pains, for a parent to outlive their child, so that leave leaves me to conclude that Chris McCandless must have been a very selfish and uncaring person if he would willingly cause his family this much pain and

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