Chris Mccandless: A True Hero

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“The trip was to be an odyssey in the fullest sense of the world, an epic journey that would change everything.” (Krakauer 22) Chris McCandless, not liking the lifestyle he was raised in, left home as soon as college was over. He made a few friends before wandering into the wild alone. To some people he was a hero, but to others he was a coward. Although Chris McCandless finds many jobs along the way, he is still a fool because he turns down offers from other people, burns all of his money, and is not prepared to live in Alaska. Chris gets multiple offer from friends and strangers, but turns them down thinking he is better off without them. Chris demonstrates his foolishness by turning down Jim Galliens offer of taking him to Anchorage to …show more content…
This viewpoint is incorrect because this does not help Chris in the long run when he is in danger. This can be seen when Chris says, “ EXTREMELY WEAK, FAULT OF POT. SEED. MUCH TROUBLE JUST TO STAND UP. STARVING. GREAT JEOPARDY.” (Krakauer 189) Getting a job did not help him. What would have helped Chris was, using that money to buy the necessary equipment and clothing. In the story, Chris donates his money to charity, showing his foolishness. Even though it was to a good cause, it was dumb of him to give his money away, especially when his car breaks down he could of used it. Chris was very intelligent and caring but sometimes that is not enough to help you survive. Chris was a coward in some people's eyes but to others he was a hero. Chris McCandless is a fool because he turns down offers from other people, burns what money he has left, and was not prepared to live in Alaska, even though he went out and found his own job. Chris turns down many offers from many people including Jim Gallien. He burns all of the money he has and donates some to charity. He is very unprepared to live in Alaska with the little supplies he has. “I have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may God bless all!” (Krakauer

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