13 January 2011
“I have had a happy life and thank the lord. Goodbye and may god bless everyone” (qted Krakauer 199), Chris McCandless wrote before he went inside his sleeping bag and slipped into unconsciousness. American Romantic writers of the 1800’s shared their ideals of leaving the corrupt city for an answer in nature. Chris McCandless went into the wild in April of 1992 leaving all his possessions behind, giving his money away to charity, and changing his name. He sacrificed everything to go on an adventure or a life time. Chris McCandless’s journey to the wild reflects the ideas American Romantic writers of the 1800’s wrote and only dreamed of doing. McCandless is admired by many for his adventurous spirit and courage. When reading into the Wild readers also see his sensitive and kind side. During his journey to Alaska Chris starts to form a bond with most of the people he meets. Chris’s mother, Billie McCandless talked about his compassion for others, “Chris didn’t understand how people could possibly be allowed to go hungry, especially in this country,’ says Billie, “he would rave about that kind of thing for hours.”(Krakauer 113) Emerson, a famous American Romantic writer once said “For something to be truly beautiful, the presence of a higher, namely, of the spiritual element is essential to its perfection.” (Emerson 490) This means to be completely beautiful your spirit must be beautiful too. Chris does not purposely go to nature to accomplish this idea but carries out it out through his journey. Most people cannot deal with being alone for long periods of time. That’s one of the reasons why Chris McCandless’s journey seem impossible to most. Chris’s sister Catherine was closest to him, “Even when we were little,” she says, “he was very to himself. He wasn’t antisocial he always had friends, and everybody liked him but he could go off and entertain himself for hours. He didn’t seem...
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