Being Alive Isn 't The Same Thing As Truly Living Essay

1124 Words Oct 26th, 2014 5 Pages
Being alive isn’t the same thing as truly living. Chris McCandless, who would be about the age of my father, died at the young age of twenty-four. Prior to his death, he had the opportunity to truly live. All of his life, Chris’ parents managed his life for him, urging his to do things he didn’t want to do. Instead of going to law school, as his parents wished, he chose to abscond from their grip and dive into what he saw as the optimum lifestyle. Chris’ adventure allowed Chris to be himself, and although it ended in his death, his trip was extremely important for his own benefit.
Chris’ vast intelligence allowed him to be as prepared as one trying to live his lifestyle could be, and he nearly successfully completed his trip. His downfall occurred due to the ignorance of humanity as whole, not due to his arrogance. As stated by Ronald Hamilton in Krakauer’s “How Chris McCandless Died”, “It might be said that Christopher McCandless did indeed starve to death in the Alaskan wild, but this is only because he’d been poisoned” (5). Chris died due to the fact that the plant he ate, Hedysarum alpinum, more commonly called wild potato, contained a paralyzing amino acid that wasn’t discovered to be in the seeds until after his death. Even the book carried by McCandless that explicitly describes edible and non-edible plants that thrive in Alaska provides no more than warning of a closely related, poisonous plant: “Kari’s book warns that because wild sweet pea is so…

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