Essay about Chris Mccandless ' Personality And His Self Imposed

1329 Words Mar 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Chris McCandless died alone in the Alaskan wild while living completely off of the land. “Some readers admired the boy immensely for his courage and noble ideals:” while “: others fulminated that he was a reckless idiot, a wacko, a narcissist who perished out of arrogance and stupidity-and was undeserving of the considerable media attention he received” (Krakauer xi). These quotes represent the feelings of many who read Into The Wild, but most people ignore the important aspects of Chris McCandless’ personality and his self imposed purpose. McCandless was a kind, intelligent and free-spirited young man who may not have been completely prepared for his journey, he was able to accept death in the end, knowing that he lived a life that too many would be afraid of. While most would not seek a life without material gain and little contact with society, Chris McCandless did and it was solely for himself. Many accuse McCandless of making a stupid decision to enter the wild. However, McCandless did know of the risk and in a postcard sent to Westerberg he admits this possibility. “If this adventure proves fatal and you don’t ever hear from me again I want you to know you’re a great man. I now walk into the wild. Alex”. McCandless took the name Alex Supertramp as his own, and in that postcard it stated that he was fully aware that he could die. Krakauer stated that Chris McCandless was not mentally ill, “Like Rossellini and Waterman, McCandless was a seeker and had an…

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