April 9, 2013
Into the Wild Essay
“S.O.S I NEED YOUR HELP. I AM INJURED, NEAR DEATH, AND TOO WEAK TO HIKE OUT OF HERE. I AM ALL ALONE, THIS IS NO JOKE. IN THE NAME OF GOD, PLEASE REMAIN TO SAVE ME. I AM OUT COLLECTING BERRIES CLOSE BY AND SHALL RETURN THIS EVENING. THANK YOU, CHRIS MCCANDLESS. AUGUST?” The novel Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer is about a young man named Chris McCandless. This individual, right after college had left in the pursuit of adventure and into the wilderness. He left without telling anyone, family and friends alike of his whereabouts and with small portions and little provisions. For this particular reason, some see McCandless as a misguided wacko who caused his own demise, while on the other hand some see him as noble, just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Chris McCandless is indeed noble! He possessed courage and ideals which I admired. He was noble for his self-reliance, being intellectual, and that he was not materialistic.
One characteristic which show Chris’ nobility is his intellect. Chris was a very bright individual, he went to school and graduated, had a 3.73 GPA. In his adventure he showed that he was definitely not dumb nor a wacko. In meeting Ronald Franz, he saw he was not living life to the fullest, so in his departure he leaves Franz with some words of advice. “The very base core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. Don’t settle down and sit in one place…Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon…it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience”(57). Chris knew of the joys of life and that may be why he set out on his journey in the first place. After his death they find the words “HAPPINESS IS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED” (189). Chris may not have always known this but he figured it out in the end. This goes to show that he found what he was looking for, he found that meaningfulness. Someone who is a...
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