A Crippling Journey
Into the Wild, by John Krakauer is a novel about a young mans journey to the Alaskan wilderness where he tries to live off the land with no ones help. Christopher McCandless, a college graduate coming from a well to do family, drops everything in his life so he can embark on an adventure that he lacks the skill and knowledge to survive. Chris aka Alexander Supertramp makes questionable choices throughout his voyage to Alaska leaving the reader to decide whether Chris’ admirable choices outweigh his stupid ones. Although the road that Chris pursues is an admirable path, the way he carries out his choices is unintelligent and immature.
Many readers believe that it was admirable for Chris to only take the very minimum of supplies when he ventured into the Alaskan wilderness. It may be an admirable task, but when unskilled and lacking the knowledge to survive it’s a death sentence. Some trust that Chris’ ability to be self-reliant will keep him safe throughout his journeys. That is far from the truth; Chris is barely able to support himself, throughout his expedition he constantly relies on the help of others to make it from point A to B. Chris refuses to accept gifts while on his voyage, giving him view respectable. But when you are in dire need of assistance and you refuse help it just shows how ignorant and foolish you really are.
Throughout the novel Chris shows a general lack of respect for nature. Due to his disrespect of nature not only does Chris have death defying encounters, but ends up dead at the hands of mother nature herself. After Chris’ death was written about in Outside magazine, readers wrote negatively about how stupid he was, many of whom were Alaskan natives. The most strident criticism came from Nick Jans, a man living in a small Inupiat village in northern Alaska, he wrote “His ignorance, which could have been cured by a USGS quadrant and a Boy Scout manual, is what killed him. And while I feel for...