Analysis Of The Book ' Into The Wild ' By Jon Krakauer Essay

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“If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man” (Henry David Thoreau). Thoreau’s philosophy of transcendentalism comprised of three main ideas: Individual, Nature, and God. This quote illustrates how each individual is created for their own unique purpose, each finding their unique niche that will flood their souls with happiness. In the nonfictional book, Into the Wild (1997), author Jon Krakauer sheds light on Chris (Alexander Supertramp) McCandless’ life ending adventure. Krakauer develops his enlightenment through interviews, personal experiences, and visiting the location of where McCandless died. Although many do not agree, Krakauer’s interpretation effectively justifies McCandless’ behavior because of the new illuminating information he has gathered during his journey to restore Chris McCandless’ name. Chris McCandless was born on February 12, 1968. He lived Virginia with his parents, Walt and Billie, and his sister, Carine. He excelled through high school and became captain of the cross-country team. His idea of running was more than a sport; it was an opportunity to escape from the annoyance of society and lose himself in his mind. After graduating from Emory University with excellent grades, he was determined to embark on his Alaskan adventure. Chris mocked the 20th century for its conformity, seeking inspiration from natures lessons. His readings of transcendentalist philosophers consumed his mind with their ideas. The quote he took most…

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