Essay about Chris Mccandless 's Into The Wild

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“Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another.” Freedom is the state of being free or at liberty, rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. Since birth, we learn to adapt into a life of restrictions and limitations. Although some countries are considered to be ‘free’, we are still bound by the oppressive chains of society and government. We follow the rules and if we choose to be disobedient we suffer the consequences. In the mind of Chris McCandless, his utopian world was one where he was free do whatever he pleased without being constrained by the barriers of society. Throughout the novel, Into The Wild, numerous amounts of themes are displayed within the life of Chris McCandless. The most dominant theme and moral of his life tends to be freedom. Chris felt that the only way to be free was to embark on a journey to discover total isolation. Only then when he was alone and did not have to answer to any sort of leader, would he be free. Jon Krakauer’s 1996 non-fiction novel Into The Wild, reveals to us how even on the most innocent quest for freedom and self-discovery, our extreme risk taking can be the hubris which leads to our eventual downfall.

Chris describes what he is searching for on his odyssey, particularly on his expedition to Alaska, as ‘ultimate freedom.’ It appears that Chris’ ultimate freedom largely represents being free from other people and their authority over him. During his whole life, he found authority…

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