Into the Wild

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The Drive of Chris McCandless
“Am I better off dead, Am I better off a quitter” (The Script). The meanings behind these lyrics are very powerful and explain Chris’s journey almost perfectly. In Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Chris’s takes on a challenge that is potentially fatal and he has the courage to continue on with it. Chris’s journey is a series of risks he is willing to take to achieve his goal. He has to make life threatening decisions that he could have backed out on at any given time. Some see Chris as a psycho for embarking on this journey alone and burning or abandoning everything of worth, where as others see Chris as a hero for taking risks and having the courage to separate himself from society to make a point.

Chris’s parents push him to finish college and live a successful life. He did not want his parents to tell him what to do and run his whole life so he decided to enter into the wild to live off the land for a while. Chris has an unhealthy relationship with his parents because they carry different values. Chris’s theory on any parents is, “I think he would have been unhappy with any parents; he had trouble with the whole idea of parents” (Krakauer 115). Chris disagrees with his parent’s decisions and values. They stand on different sides of the playing field and do not interact well with each other. Chris “Didn’t get along with his parents too good, I guess” (Krakauer 159). Chris made the decision to divorce them as his parents and enter the wilderness without telling anyone where he was going or when we would return. He adopts a new name, Alexander Supertramp, to prevent anyone from tracking him down. Chris’s parents play a large role in Chris’s decisions and indirectly drive him away from them. Therefore, Chris is not a lunatic because his parents play a big part in why he left to go in the wilderness without telling anyone.

Chris’s hatred towards technology also plays a large role in why he is so courageous. He wants to separate...
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