Chris Mccandless Into The Wild

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Into the Wild is a true story of a young man named Chris McCandless, an Emory graduate who is found frozen dead in the Alaskan wilderness on September 1992 when he was 24. McCandless grew up in a wealthy Virginia suburbs of Washington D.C, and is a very gifted athlete and scholar,who from an early age reveals deep intensity, enthusiasm, and a strict moral compass. Into the wild is the true story of Chris McCandless, a young Emory graduate who is found dead in the Alaskan wilderness in September 1992, when he was twenty-four. McCandless grew up in wealthy Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., and is a very gifted athlete and scholar, who from an early age shows deep intensity, enthusiasm, and a strict moral compass. But with such great character …show more content…
McCandless tired of the routine life that most people live in America. He did not want titles, careers, and money to control him. He did not want government involved in his life, telling him to get a job and go to school and have a family. The books Chris read shaped his character throughout his college years and journey. For example, in "War and Peace" by Leo Tolstoy, he paid close attention to the character Pierre, who like Chris, was born into a rich society, and chose to abandon money. Both Tolstoy and Henry David Thoreau, who were people who wrote the books Chris read, renounced money and lived penniless, and Chris chose to follow in their footsteps and not in his father's, which would have involved pursuing a career, getting rich, and dying. He interpreted freedom as not being tethered to society and not having to conform. He interpreted success as finding truth and happiness. It was only until the end of his journey where he realized from the last book he read that you need people around you to truly be happy in life. This epiphany, was clear evidence of his success, is exactly why he went into the wild; Chris wanted to lose himself in the wild, to depend on nothing more than game and berries, to become independent and

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