A New Life
“In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson Mcandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.” Into The Wild is a book about a young man who travels across some of the most unforgiving terrain to find his place in life. He travels through the tough Alaskan landscape running from Christopher Johnson Mcandless, and embracing the new life that is slowly coming to him. As Chris runs away from his family, and travels along vast areas of terrain, he makes a new name for himself. He wants to be remembered as a man who earned his place in life, and didn’t have it given to him. That’s why on April of 1992 he left is pampered life and traveled into the wild in search of his new life.
Chris left a life behind that any normal American would die for. He had graduate college with good grades, and had everything going for him that any newly graduate college student would ever want. Chris had money, a car, a college degree and a great life. “He had spent the previous four years, as he saw it, preparing to fulfill an absurd and onerous duty: to graduate from college. At long last he was unencumbered, emancipated from the stifling world of his parents and peers, a world of abstraction and security and material excess, a world in witch he felt grievously cut off from the raw throb existence” (Krakauer Pg22). I believe Chris left his perfect life behind because he did not want all the pressure that was associated with it. Even prior to his disappearance from his family and friends he had planned out the whole thing. “He had spent the previous four years, as he saw it, preparing” (Krakauer Pg22). Chris had his new life planned out before he was living it.
When Chris left Atlanta on his life...