Chris McCandless, a Sophisticated Young Man.
Even though Chris wanted to get absolute freedom, his journey turned out to be a just selfish one, not even getting totally separated from the civilization or society. It is possible that he went out on a journey to get everlasting freedom from strict rules and formats. Even if Chris was an intellectual student, getting all As, well enough to go to Harvard law school, one time, he got F on a Physics. The reason was that Chris did not follow the format that the teacher told to students, regardless of the answers. His father agrees with the teacher, which shows his father, as well as the teacher, was a very strict person, especially on rules. As he realized that his father had another wife, and thought of his father as a immoral man, this young man who was full of energy may wanted to get out the society and get free. As he got out of the society, he earns money by himself and travels by himself. The one contradiction that I found was that he needed the money. Nowadays, money is necessary for trade, economy; it became the basic part of our lives. In this sense, money can represent the civilized world, which Chris was not able to get rid of. If he did not need the money, there is no reason for him to work in a Macdonald or under Westerberg. Chris even mentions in one of his letters that he realized the money was necessary part of his journey, which seems contradictory for pure freedom. Another contradiction could be found with his life in Alaska. The reason why he went there was because he was motivated by his books. One of them is “Call of the Wild”, by Jack London. The story of this book is about a dog from California, going back to Alaska undergoing lots of sufferings. It seems that the dog got absolute freedom, but the author himself never went to Alaska, not even into the wilds. Chris also thought that Alaska was a pure nature. He thought that this purity and isolation would enable him to find out who he truly...
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