Chris Mccandless 's Into The Wild Essay

1142 Words Dec 10th, 2014 5 Pages
¨ The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun” (Krakauer 40), remarked Chris McCandless, the idealistic adventurer who embarked on a once in a lifetime expedition throughout the North American wilderness in Jon Krakauer 's novel, Into The Wild. Within the story, McCandless was both an ill-prepared greenhorn and an adventurer; with his free-spirited, nature-loving demeanor, he chose to leave the only place he had ever called home in favor of exploring the world and seizing the opportunities that awaited him, however along the way, his reckless nature and lack of experience resulted in unforeseen complications in his journey.
To begin, Chris McCandless was an adventurer at heart; at the outset, his purpose was to establish a new life and achieve ultimate freedom. In the end, he accomplished his desires but paid the ultimate price. While he was eager to ¨find himself,¨ his decision to leave home in a vulnerable state, some would argue, was also largely based on revelations about his family; more specifically, his fathers marital indiscretions which had a deep impact on Chris. In some way, this expedition was a chance not only for McCandless to explore who he was, but also offered a break from his skewered home life and conflicted relationship with his father. Rather than living unhappily and regretfully, he decided to venture off,…

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