Topics: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Transcendentalism, Christopher McCandless Pages: 3 (943 words) Published: October 3, 2012

In the United States Declaration of Independence the phrase “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” is considered to be the most influential sentence in the history of the English language. As humans we seek for happiness in all aspects of our lives. A person also wants to have freedoms in their lives to be their own individuals. Everyone in the world is different. People should strive from his or her differences and be themselves. A person can learn to be a better individual when they are self-reliance and also when they are exploring themselves in nature. Chris McCandless does follow the ideas of Emerson & Thoreau because when Chris is faced with hard decisions, he goes with his gut, and always does what he believes is the right thing to do. When a person is alone in nature, a person is able to explore oneself. In Walden, Where I Lived, and I Lived For, Henry David Thoreau explains his experiences in nature. Thoreau writes, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” (Thoreau 85). In this quote Thoreau talks about how he analyzed his life, while he was in nature. In the woods, Thoreau explored what the meaning of life was. While exploring, he learned that he had not lived the life we wanted to. Thoreau wished he accomplished bigger and better things. When a person is alone in nature they start to think about their life. They discover their inner thought and learns about themselves. In this process, a person can determine if they have lived their life the way they wanted to. While Chris is in the wild, he thinks about his life & about if he has lived the life he wanted to. When Chris is away from social influence he explores himself. While he is on his own he always goes by Alexander Supertramp. Chris chooses a different name from that which...
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