Into the Wild

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Brendan Ortiz
Ms. Woelke
ERWC 414
13 December 2012
Into The Wild
“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us,” (Henry Thoreau). Throughout history there has been an allure for high-risk activities for young men of a certain mind. As you will find out many of these young men had there similarities and difference’s two McCandless but one thing each one of them had in common with one another is that these high risk activities pulled them in because of their beliefs and ideals. Chris McCandless just like the rest of these young men left everything to go into the wild. The difference between Chris and these men was their beliefs. Chris McCandless believed in becoming a free spirit unlocking the chains that society uses to restrain and snare mankind, also in becoming pure, and ultimately becoming reborn because society is corrupted, evil, brain washing, and wrong. Chris McCandless passionately pursued his ideals of becoming a free spirit, and becoming pure. Wealth was something he struggled with intimately “wealth was shameful, corrupting, inherently evil-which is ironic because Chris was a natural-born capitalist,”(Krakauer 115). To understand why he wanted to be free you must first understand what he believed in by becoming pure. Chris although he was a “natural born,” capitalist, this was not actually natural Chris. What do I mean by that? Well society pressures others to become something they are inherently not. An example of this is that when Chris was young he grew and sold vegetables to his neighbors for money, this is not something a kid would do naturally, because naturally there is no money therefore society puts the ideas into Chris’s head to sell these vegetables and be good at it. So what Chris believes in by purity is that he wants to rid himself of the pressures, thoughts, habits, and natures of society. An example of this would be a job it’s a habit that you do everyday, a pressure you...
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