Into the Wild

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In the novel "Into the Wild," written by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless, the main protagonist, part of a an upper-middle class family embarks on a spiritual journey into the wild,literally, without the basic so-called luxuries and problems he faces in his old life. Although some may view this journey as a naive teenager rebelling against norms, it is so much more than that if you look deeper into Chris' morals and personality. Chris meets people, animals, and scenery that reinvent his mind and perspective each day. The struggles and triumphs he goes through better his state of mind and revoke the reason to which why he left in the first place.

Chris McCandles may have had it all on the surface to the naked eye, but his sudden flee from his family and hometown really meant more than being a rebellious teenager that wished to cause a scene. Leaving from his hometown of Atlanta, he wanted to escape and be "emancipated from the stifling world of his parents and peers, a world of abstraction and material excess" (22). Chris wanted to free himself of family problems, a materialistic lifestyle, and proceed on with a new perspective on the importance and true morals of life. Some may consider this sudden journey naive or even stupid and spontaneous, but when you recognize Chris' high education and income levels, you have to realize he truly did want something different and awakening within his journey rather than hysteria from his family and peers. He had all the objects needed to succeed, but risked everything to fail venturing off into the wild. Even after reminiscing about Chris and his long journey ending in glorified death, his sister said he "academically, brought home A's, with little effort. Also his father,despite their large and controversial differences claimed he was "a gifted horn player" at a young age (110). People who receive straight A's and play complex instruments at a young age are usually not stupid at all. Once again, proving Chris had...
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