Chris Mccandless 's Into The Wild Essay

1403 Words Mar 5th, 2015 6 Pages
Certain patterns emerge, such as a traditional hero on a journey towards self actualization. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer portrays this hero’s journey. The protagonist of the novel, Chris McCandless, hitchhikes to Alaska and walks alone into the wilderness, north of Mt. McKinley. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. He thought that the reality of the modern world was corrupt and uncompassionate, so he went on this journey in order to find a life of solitude and innocence that could only be expressed through his encounters with the beautiful wild. He was the true adventurer that everyone only dreamed of being. During this ambitious journey to find the true meaning of life, Chris McCandless exhibits a human lost in his own world. In Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Chris McCandless follows this way until his fatal death, seeking to be the traditional hero who spurns civilization, yet he discovers that modern heroes cannot escape their reality. Chris McCandless grew up in a family of four, with loving parents and a younger sister. Although his family was corrupted by his father’s affair he still remained in his personal thoughts about the crazy materialist world he lived in. His relationship with his father was very stingy and involved a lot of hatred from Chris. He says “‘Dad can I light the grill, can i please light it this time?...’no son you can’t, no…

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