CSU in the wild

Topics: Alaska, Wilderness, Christopher McCandless Pages: 2 (524 words) Published: March 2, 2014
Yes, living alone in the wilderness like Thoreau and London sounds exciting, especially if you fake a big part of your adventures or if you can pack up and go home when you get too hungry. Chris McCandless doesn’t have these options, but Shaun Callarman believes that Chris is full of “Romantic silliness,” and by this statement I think he means that Chris goes into Alaska seeing only the good parts of the wilderness experience. Like Callarman, I believe that Chris has a head full of “Romantic ideas” and that he lacks “common sense” although I would not call him “plain crazy.” When Chris decides to map some part of the Alaskan wilderness that’s already been mapped, he is definitely showing “Romantic silliness.” Callarman is right about this; it doesn’t seem very courageous to me to waste time doing work that someone else has already done! I would want to spend my time doing something more useful. The wilderness in Alaska is being ruined with oil pipes and spills. Chris could have taken some of his “noble ideas” and used them to better the area. By spending his energy for a good cause, he would not have seemed so arrogant and ignorant, as Callarman states. It might have felt romantic to him to draw his own map, but he was staying in a bus, so it seems pretty clear to me that somebody else had been there already. Also, Callarman says that Chris “made a lot of mistakes base on arrogance.” I agree; Chris does make a lot of errors. For instance, he brings the wrong kind of gun, the wrong kind of clothes, too many books and not enough food. What is the purpose of his reading and his library research in Alaska if he’s not going to be willing to take advice? So yes, Chris’s mistakes maybe coming from an arrogant brain. On the other hand, Chris did show some “noble ideas,” in contrast to what Callarman states. He tries to keep other people from getting involved with him by not letting them get too close. In addition, he really did kill a moose and not a caribou, as some...
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