The Wild One

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Self-discovery is defined as the act or process of achieving understanding or knowledge of oneself. To understand ourselves sometimes we have to step outside our own world. In doing this we start to discover new one. Chris and the Chief had to do just that in their journeys of self-discovery. But what they discovered in the end was the most important lesson they would ever learn. Some of the most significant similarities between these two texts are how Chris and the Chief seclude themselves from society, they recreation of their identities, and how people assume they must be crazy. Both Chris and the Chief secluded themselves from society by choice. Chris chose to because he was feed up with our society and its effect on people. Like he states in a letter he sent to his friend Ron: “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to a man than a secured future” (Into the Wild, pg57) .The Chief was too scared to be part of society. He felt that he wouldn’t be able to survive in it. Even though he didn’t admit himself into the mental institution he didn’t try to leave it either. So he more or less hides himself from society whereas Chris escaped society by rejoining humanities roots by going into the wild. To feel comfortable in their new ways of life they both felt the need to re-invent themselves. Chris changed his name to Alexander Supertramp so that way he could almost feel as though he was born again. He could leave his past behind him and start fresh and become the man that he’s always wanted to be. He wouldn’t have to live that predictable life he always dreaded having. The Chief on the other hand didn’t change his name but made everyone in the hospital believe that he was something he wasn’t. He...
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