ERWC Per. 2
March 25, 2014
Into the Wild
The book Into the Wild, written by Jon Krakauer, tells the story of a young man named Chris McCandless. He ventures off into the harsh, Alaskan wilderness and never returns. There are many people such as McCandless who end up abandoning society and attempt to fend for themselves and live off the land. Many are contemplating on whether it was society who drove these young men to the point of leaving civilization altogether or if there was really just something wrong with the minds of these individuals. Although society is flawed, the fault of McCandless’s death ultimately lies with himself. There is no real reason for a person to decide to forget the ways of civilization and venture off into the unknown. It is not a smart idea and whoever chooses this route is asking for a death wish. McCandless was said to always be a little different from everyone else. Carine, McCandless’s little sister said, “Even when we were little he was very to himself…He didn’t need toys or friends. He could be alone without being lonely.”(107) McCandless just didn’t quite fit into society; he was very different from most. Not only was he always a bit odd, he got a piece of information about his parents that just might have pushed him over the edge and drove him away from society. When he was in high school he found out that his father continued his relationship with his ex-wife while he was already legally married to McCandless’s mother. Since he found out about his father’s affair he was even more distant and as the years went by he grew angrier and angrier. (121-123) Once he was able he left his family completely and lived on the road, avoiding society all together. This led me to conclude that it was not society’s fault at all, it was in fact the individual. People could argue that society is very much materialistic and greedy but it did not make Chris McCandless or anyone else march into their...
Cited: Kraukauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Villard, 1996. Print.
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