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Into the Wild is not only an outstanding novel, but it has also been recreated in the form of a movie, which is flawless in itself and is accompanied by a soundtrack that is hard to forget. Eddie Vedder’s song, Hard Sun, is played in the beginning of the movie when Chris is initially starting his journey. He is driving on the highway in his Datsun 210, as the background music is playing, “Oh there’s a big, a big hard sun beating on the people, in a big hard world…”(Eddie Vedder). This song is not just a cover played by Pearl Jam’s one and only Eddie Vedder. It is profound in the way it portrays the life of Christopher McCandless as he starts his escape from the big hard world. Another one of Eddie’s songs, The Wolf, is played right after the flashback of when Chrisopher’s parents are fighting. It is not exactly clear to me as to what Eddie is saying when he sings this song, but it is extremely gloomy and intimidating. This song helps emphasize Chris’s feelings towards his parents and why he truly left everything behind. The name of the song, The Wolf, is possibly symbolic of Chris’s father, an aggressive and abusive man, in that his father and a wolf are both vicious and unfriendly. On a more positive note, the song Rise, by Eddie Vedder, is played a couple of times throughout the film, however, I remember the song playing as birds frolic in the ocean and Chris is subsequently climbing down a hill. Nearly every verse of this song is meaningful and relates to the film:
“Such is the way of the world
You can never know
Just where to put all your faith
And how will it grow

Gonna rise up
Burning black holes in dark memories
Gonna rise up
Turning mistakes into gold

Such is the passage of time
Too fast to fold
And suddenly swallowed by signs
Low and behold

Gonna rise up
Find my direction magnetically
Gonna rise up
Throw down my ace in the hole.”
-Eddie Vedder

The song nearly speaks the thoughts and beliefs of

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