“Into the Wild” Life Lessons
In the novel Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, the protagonist Chris McCandless learns two very valuable life lessons that he unfortunately did not get to live to accomplish. Near the end of the novel Chris is dying from starvation. He wrote in one of his journal entries, "Happiness only real when shared” (189). A life lesson Chris learns here is self-explanatory form the quote, to be happy you have to have to share it. To understand the magnitude of Chris' final realization you have to view it in the context of his life. Chris was not happy with his life so he decided to change it. In his search for happiness, Chris had left behind everyone he had ever cared about or who had ever cared about him. After spending years living a life of total simplicity and solitude, Chris' final diary entry seems to show that he had a sudden realization. He wrote "Happiness only real when shared"(189). I think that for many people these final words are haunting because Chris had been trying to soak up life and happiness all on his own, then in the end he seemed to realize it had all been wasted. His happiness hadn't been real. For Chris this was a massive transformation in thinking, sadly it seems that it came too late. Another example to prove that Chris learned this life lesson was in his S.O.S note, “S.O.S. I need your help. I am uninjured, near death, and too weak to hike out of here. I am all alone, this is no joke. In the name of God, please remain to save me...” (198). In life everybody needs people in their lives. We all need our time alone but not all the time. Being with others make us happy, its basic fundamental interaction. His handwritten sign asking for people to help him near the end is proof even Chris needed people. Another life lesson Chris learned during his odyssey in Alaska is, to always follow your dreams. I know it sounds ironic that a life lesson he learned to follow his dreams ended in his demise but that was just unfortunate...
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