Chris Mccandless 's Into The Wild Essay

1265 Words Jan 29th, 2016 6 Pages
There is a famous disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, about a prince who gets cursed and is turned into a beast who must fall in love with someone, otherwise he will remain that way forever. In the beginning, the beast is thought of as this terrifying monster who everyone is afraid of, but towards the end of the movie, he turns out to be a nice and caring character who is actually the complete opposite of scary. People just assumed he was terrifying because of the few actions that the movie presented at the start. Comparatively, in Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, Chris McCandless is presented as a selfless man for feeding the homeless and donating money to OXFAM, a charity dedicated to solving the hunger crisis. However, he constantly leaves people behind and hurts the people who help him the most. The constant abandonment of people close to him including Jan Burres, Ronald Franz, and his parents demonstrates that Chris is actually a selfish man who puts his own fear of human intimacy over loyalty towards others. By first illustrating Chris’s strong friendship with Jan Burres, and then contrasting it with his evasiveness of human intimacy when he decides to leave her, Krakauer reveals that not being around people is more important to Chris than his loyalty towards them. Chris and Jan have a special relationship where they help each other; he watches her book store while she is away and she takes care of him, acting like a mother to him. Although Chris appreciated her for…

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