Into the Wild

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Heather Roberts
ERWC
Period 2
December 4, 2011
Into the Wild Essay
Into the wild, written by Jon Krakauer, is about Chris McCandless’ journey to find one’s true self and escape from modern day’s society. In Chapter eight, Krakauer gives his opinion of his decision to go on this journey and also includes other people’s critic’s. Some view him as a hero, but from my perspective, you will quickly see that what he did was not daring, just stupid, tragic and inconsiderate.

He spent very little time learning about how to survive in the wild, he also showed up to the trail without even a map of the area, which would have allowed him to save himself. Alaskan Jim Gallien who picked Chris up hitchhiking and was the last one to see him alive says, "When I found out he didn't have any boots, I told him he could use mine, just give me a call when he came out of the woods, give them back to me," Gallien said. "He said he didn't want to see anybody. In fact, he gave me his watch. He had a comb. He had about 85 cents in change. And he just threw it all on the dash in my truck. Threw the map down, didn't want to know what day it was, what time it was or where he was."

Consider where he died, inside a bus; being that it is a bus wouldn’t you assume that there are trails that lead from it to the roads? The fact he had to live in a bus in the first place tells us he knew he had no adequate shelter with him and that, what if he hadn’t been able to find the bus? Would the two pound bag of rice and a sleeping bag have allowed him to survive that long? Chris also poached a moose and then wasted it, inexperienced in how to preserve meat without refrigeration he watched 1500 pounds of meat rot away in front of him. He was lucky to not have had a bear smell the moose and come end his suffering sooner. Chris McCandless wanted to die, even if he may not have known it, he committed suicide. The fact that he died in a compelling way does not change the outcome either. He may have...
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