Analysis Of David Thoreau 's Into The Wild And Death Of Chris Mccandless

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An individual 's identity is how one perceives and differentiates themselves from others in their society. Outside factors such as family, friends, and society can have a major impact on how one views themselves. However, identity ultimately comes down to one’s own personal beliefs. In Jon Krakauer 's book Into the Wild, Krakauer investigates the life and death of Chris McCandless, a young man whose actions allow him to pursue a unique identity, but also lead to his untimely demise. In Stephen King’s short story “Survivor Type”, King envisions the affects one’s morals and values can have in grave situations, especially concerning the identity of an individual. In Henry David Thoreau 's essay, “Civil Disobedience”, Thoreau explains the effects one’s own beliefs and morals can have on their identity, and how one’s beliefs can conflict with society’s views or rules. Through these three pieces of writing, it is clear that one’s beliefs, values, and actions have as much, if not a greater, effect on one’s identity.

Jon Krakauer begins Into the Wild with a forward briefly describing the journey of Chris McCandless. From this opening “chapter”, it is clear the effects McCandless’ actions had on his identity:
He changed his name, gave the entire balance of a twenty-four-thousand-dollar savings account to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet. And then he invented a new life for himself, taking up residence at the ragged margin of…

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