Chapter 7 And Self Reliance Essay
AP English 11 - 6
2 January 2014
Chapter 7 and Self-Reliance Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist. Chris McCandless is nothing more than that, a man without rhyme or reason, one in search or a cure to a hopeless cause. A man who sought a better future by sculpting his own demise. However, it is this adamant sense of independence that makes Chris a true transcendentalist of the modern world. As represented strongly in chapter 7, Chris McCandless shows his full discontent toward society, strongly resembling the guidelines of Self-Reliance by R.W. Emerson.
In Emerson’s Self-Reliance, it states, “Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist… Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” Emerson is stressing the idea that Transcendentalists are nonconformists and that they should not accept the corrupt ways of society. This is exactly how Chris McCandless behaves, as described in chapter seven by Gail Borah. She stated, “He was kind of shy at first, he acted like it was hard for him to be around people. I just figure that was because he’d spent so much time by himself.” (Krakauer 63). As opposed to what Borah thinks, McCandless or Mr. Supertramp had a reason for this. Supertramp chose not to conform to societies ideals and chose instead the “integrity of his own mind.” The difference that makes Chris McCandless a transcendentalist is that he only trusts in himself. He will not ask favors of others, only favors…