Christopher McCandless was not crazy, he wasn’t stupid, and he defiantly was not looking for a way to die. Although some may think of them as selfish, he had his reasons for packing up his few belongings, leaving his family and walking “Into the Wild.” The death of Chris McCandless was an accidental tragedy. Chris and his dad never really got along (Source One.) They were both stubborn making it impossible to agree on anything. They both always had to be right. Chris decided to be “the bigger person” though and stick to his mother and fathers plan for him through college. He didn’t complain and he even visited them occasionally throughout his college career. He loved his family, but he couldn’t handle being around them anymore. He had kept all his anger and frustration built up inside of him and his only option was to leave. He never intended to hurt his family. He just needed some time away. Chris needed some time to cool off and forget about his family troubles. Once he found out about his father’s marriage problems, forgetting about his family problems seemed impossible. In Chris’s mind getting as far away from his dad and his family as possible was the best option. The only option. So that’s what he did. He didn’t mean to hurt his family or himself in any way. Some believe that Chris’s family problems had gotten the best of him and that he was ready to put an end to his life. It is ignorant to think that because he went into the Alaskan wilderness completely prepared for the amount of time that he planned on staying there. Even though Source One never mentions Chris having a map, Source two says “Counter to the portrayal in the Krakuer book and Penn film, Chris McCandless carried ‘into the wild’ a wallet with multiple sources of identification and $300 in cash, as well as a map.” If Chris had intended to die while he was out there he wouldn’t have taken the money, the ID, and especially not the map. Source One says that Chris went to the local Alaska
Chris McCandless (Alex) was a young, privileged man who went into the wild because of his idealism and contempt for a materialistic lifestyle, his romanticism of Nature, and his desire to live a meaningful life.
I admire Chris McCandless for choosing to pursue his dream of hiking across Alaska no matter how many people thought he was crazy. He “threw away subtlety and immersed himself in the values he thought were worthwhile and pursued the ideals that he felt were important,” (LaMarche). He believed….
To me Chris McCandless was a dedicated and adventurous young man. He was very dedicated to the thing he loved. When people told him what to do he very rarely listened to them, so to me he was very independent. When he was put to a job he was very dedicated to it, it didn’t matter what it was. Like when he moved to the town where Wayne Westerberg live he was put to work and all the people he worked with agreed that he was a very hard working person.
When Chris decided to go into the wilderness….
There comes a time in everyone’s life where they start to make decisions. For some this time comes at an early age, some directly after high school, for others it comes after college. No matter what time it comes in your life there is always this realization that you have to become “independent and self sufficient”. Chris McCandless was one of those people who realized this, but took this experience that most people go through and over exaggerated into something that he….
25 August 2013
“Death of an Innocent”
I personally think Chris McCandless did die in a senseless way. I do have sympathy for him because he wasn’t expecting to die the way he did and he didn’t die on purpose. I could understand why people in the passage thought differently of McCandless, but if they knew how he felt and why he did the things he did, I think people would understand him more.
I think McCandless died in a senseless way because he didn’t have any idea that he would die….
7 October 2014
Chris McCandless, or Alexander Supertramp?
Writers and film makers such as John Krakuaer, Sean Penn and Ron Lamothe have been studying Chris McCandless and juxtaposing his actions with societal characteristics. These people have spent so much time trying to characterize McCandless, they forget to look at him as an individual, as Alexander Supertramp. True sympathetic characters only exist in fiction, and this is true with unsympathetic characters as well. Chris is the type of person….
for nothing, he felt that he was above nature and it could not affect him. Chris McCandless in Jon Krakauer’s “Into The Wild” went into the wild unprepared for the conditions he was about to face. As a person who read the writings of Jack London, his death seems somewhat ironic. “To Build a Fire” by Jack London brings out the irony even more, we see how London wrote and how it relates to how Chris died.
Chris McCandless is a person who did not believe in rules of society. He believed that he was….
“To call each thing by its right name…by its right name.” What did Chris McCandless discover once he left the “cave”? Describe how one can draw meaning from Plato’s cave myth in relation to the film. Does Chris McCandless’ life and death bear any resemblance to that of Socrates?
When Chris left “the Cave” of his former family life, he discovered many things. The first of these, and probably the most important or significant is that it was possible for him to survive without the wealth and comforts….
Wild by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless is a fool because he spent all his time trying to figure out who he was, but was too naive to see that it was right in front of him. Chris McCandless goal was to go to Alaska and didn’t realize that he was becoming a fool because he was to focused on his goal and not what was in front of him. Along the way, the people that he met showed him what he truly was. When McCandless finally realized what he was looking for, it was too late. McCandless realized that happiness….
English 11 (2)
26 May 2014
Who was Chris McCandless? Some say that he is a legend and others say that he was nothing more than a boy who threw away his future. Is the only one to blame for his own death? McCandless was the type of kid who always questioned things; he desired to know more but refused to work for the answers. In elementary school, McCandless was placed in accelerated classes but because he was so stubborn he refused to listen to the….
McCandless wanted to live an independent and self-reliant life. As a child, he grew up in a materialistic and dysfunctional family. Although he had a close relationship with his sister, Carine, Chris preferred isolating himself. It was unimaginably difficult for Chris to have a relationship with his father after he had found out about his father’s second family. Chris’s mother, Billie, didn’t have much of a relationship with him either. For Chris, being alone was normal and part of his….