Into the Wild and Grizzly Man DCQ
“Remembering Falling Supermen”
A person’s life is full of tragedies and experiences. As Don Herold once stated, “Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.” This appalling quote perfectly represents the lives and the tragic ending of the lives of Timothy Treadwell and of Christopher McCandless. The insightful documentary “Grizzly Man” and the book “Into the Wild” are both about two men who are unhappy in the world they live in and believe they can make a difference in their lives by finding some peace and solitude in nature. I disagree with Callarman’s argument that Chris McCandless and Timothy Treadwell were ignorant people, these people were brave and cunning, and in reality they were not jeopardizing anyone’s lives but they’re own when they went into “the wild”, they were passionate on what they did, they were admirable souls trying to get away from society, the real “wilderness”. Timothy Treadwell was a weird and yet an interesting person. He had great ideas, but not the greatest ways of putting those ideas into use. Timothy Treadwell gave up his life to live with the Alaskan Grizzly bears for 13 summers doing what he loved while collecting over 100 hours of valuable educational footage. I have a high regard for what he did. Most people have a different opinion of Timothy Treadwell. They say his video footage was not worth his life. Erik Nelson said this after reviewing some of Treadwell’s footage, "He was filming this Joseph Conrad-like epic of a man under pressure, coming apart in the middle of nature." (Herzog). Timothy showed cunning bravery when he set out to interact with the grizzlies so he can educate the U.S. about these magnificent beasts. Like Treadwell, McCandless too set out to build a new life in the wilderness away from the fiery arms of today’s society, his bravery is shown when he enters the “Alaskan odyssey” which no other man was willing to try but he stood up to the...
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