Into the Wild Essay

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Nicholas Cho
Mr. Savett
Hon English 11A, Period 2
November 13, 2012

Into the Wild Essay

In the entirety of this world, there is an abundance of corruption and evil injustice. Not to mention oppressive social agendas that strips our moral criteria and ability to freely comply. Although we have proudly represented a foundation of liberty and freedom from our glorious pioneers, society’s greed and selfish desires diminished those hard earned values. Retrospectively, it is imminent that we humans uphold a defiant nature that has been deeply rooted into our behalf through mere dissatisfaction. Similarly Chris McCandless in the story “Into the Wild” is one example in which it exemplifies this idea, as he became discontent of the regular routine of society. Although raised in a very wealthy household as well as a bright prosperous future that was ahead of him, his true motive ultimately led him astray. However, throughout his ordeal he encountered a few acquaintances that had different views upon his actions than that of say his father Walt McCandless.

In the beginning of Chris’ adventure, he first meets a man named Wayne Westerberg. Chris’ overall view of him was very amiable and the same for Westerburg. Even though Wayne did not quite understand the reason for Chris’ idea to go to Alaska he acknowledged his hardworking character and saw him as a very diligent person. Westerberg acclaimed “I’ve given jobs to lots of hitchhikers over the years, …most of them weren’t much good, didn’t really want to work. It was a different story with Alex. He was the hardest worker I’ve ever seen.” (pg.18) which shows how Chris is not like the other ordinary hitchhikers and even with all the wealth he had, he responsibly finished any tedious jobs that had been given to him.

A while after Chris’ death Krauker the author of this book, wrote about his adventure. He wanted to acknowledge readers that Chris was not just a stubborn individual seeking isolation. He had a...
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