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Haydn Schoonover
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May 9, 2014

Into the Wild, Chris McCandless Analysis

In Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer tells the story of Chris McCandless, a man born in an affluent family. McCandless allowed his wandering thoughts and moral code guide him in a way that lead to certain death. His parents, Billie and Walt McCandless set him up for an impressive, promising life. Chris took this promising, successful future and spun into a journey filled with idealist literature and danger that skewed his world view. Chris McCandless is often seen as a narcissistic, deeply-misplaced young man that betrayed the emotional trust of his parents. He was not the ideal hero, nor was he a fool. He was rather an idealist, applying his beliefs in order to shift his purpose, unable to be influenced by the forces in his life, such as his collegiate endeavors and his family. “At long last he was unencumbered, emancipated from the stifling world of his parents and peers, a world of abstraction and security and material excess, a world in which he felt grievously cut off from the raw throb of existence.” (Krakauer, 22). McCandless frees himself, despite being chained to the rabid chaos of the urban, modern world. The story of Into the Wild communicates that it is important to follow your own path, in spite of external opinions.

Chris McCandless was a pompous fool taking into consideration the decisions he made throughout his short life. He burned all of the money his wallet, and gave the remainder of his Harvard law money to various charities. McCandless abandoned his family, sending them into shock. He let his selfish moral values dictate his path, leaving his family to endlessly question why he deliberately chose to leave his life behind. McCandless abandoned his family and hitchhiked to the West as far as possible. These actions and ideas that McCandless...

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