Into The Wild Chris Mccandless Journey

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The level of adventure has significantly changed over centuries. From journeying the frontier to walking on the moon, every journey has an adventure to it. Into the Wild, by John Krakauer, tells the adventures of a young man named Chris McCandless. Critics argue that Chris McCandless’s voyage to Alaska was foolish and childish to live as an itinerant. In my own opinion, Chris McCandless chose his lifestyle of setting out for adventures across the nation to fill the void of the emotionally scarring relationship between him and his parents.
McCandless’s ordinary world is before he begins his adventure across the nation. McCandless graduates from college and decides to take a summer trip in his car. He also tells his parents that they will
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Although it broke down, McCandless overcomes this obstacle and crosses his first threshold by starting to hitchhike to California. But only after two months of his “adventure”, McCandless is forced to leave behind his Datsun by Lake Mead. Originally frustrated by this setback, McCandless starts to see this as an opportunity. McCandless is a big optimist especially since the incident happened in the middle of the summer. According to, a critic named Megan criticized the decision: “McCandless is only being reckless and dumb to still try and continue on with this so-called ‘adventure’” ( McCandless not only decides to drop his car, but also his money. He is a definition of a minimalist. Just as Richie Norton from says, “Simplicity is complex. It 's never simple to keep things simple. Simple solutions require the most advanced thinking”. McCandless’s life was not as easy as he thought. Living on very little with small travel supplies is the definition of utilizing what is around you. John Stuart Mill and his philosophy of Utilitarianism is a perfect example of how McCandless lives his life. A life without supplies and his parents, McCandless “had fled the closterphobic confines of his family” (Into the Wild, 55) and journeys to the north to follow his …show more content…
McCandless meets his friend, Franz, while hitch hiking. After a couple months go by, McCandless calls Franz to drive him up to Colorado so McCandless can start his journey to Alaska. The advice McCandless gives Franz is also controversial considering he is an eighty-year old man. The advice about utilitarianism is brought up and McCandless tells Franz to live a young life while he still can so that he can end his life happy: “Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon” (Into the Wild, 57). McCandless then starts to work at Wayne Westerberg’s grain elevator in Colorado. Another form of irony; McCandless still has friends and still gets close to people despite his relationship with his parents who really did not care about him growing up as a kid. McCandless finally begins his journey leaving Carthage toward Alaska. His ordeal is now being fulfilled. McCandless has gathered what he needs to start and fulfill his

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