Chris Mccandless's Differences Of Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

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Into the Wild is a true story about finding one’s own identity in the wilderness. Like Ernest Hemingway, Jon Krakauer also experienced the wonder and the suffering that Chris McCandless went through. Throughout the novel, many comparisons were made between McCandless’s and Krakauer’s backgrounds. They both grew with a solid family background, and they both took long excursions into the wild. Krakauer’s primary purpose in writing this novel is to express the joy of his encounter his nature, and to give an idea that sometimes a break from the civilized world is alright. “ The danger bathed the world in a halogen glow that caused everything-the sweep of the rock, the orange and yellow lichens, the texture of the clouds-to stand out in brilliant …show more content…
He wanted to demonstrate that the wild can be a place of salvation, enlightenment, and inspiration. Chris McCandless valued the opportunities his parents had set aside for him, but also thought that the bureaucratic lifestyle was healthy for one to be able to think in. Krakauer is stressing that the wild is an underrated place, that one can just simply escape from the daily cycle of life everyone goes through and just think for hours on end. McCandless and Krakauer understood the wild as a place of sanctuary enlightenment. In the wild, both of them conjured a new identity out of the mystic wild, and embodied that identity into their daily lives. Krakauer wants to inform that all of humanity is not on a timetable, that humans can simply lose track of time and forget the progression of humanity. Krakauer also touches on the aspect of appreciation. In the wild, game became scarce for the two men, and they valued coming across their dinner. The smallest things that we view as routine, such as reading a book, or assuming to come home to food on the dinner table, motivated McCandless to appreciate the value of the smallest commodities to keep him motivated. “ His life hummed with meaning and purpose. But the meaning he wrestled from existence lay beyond the comfortable path: McCandless distrusted the value of things that came easily. He demanded much more of himself-more, in the end, than he could deliver,”(184) In our society, we either work or spend time on vacation, but in the wild neither occurs. Krakauer illustrates a sense of adventure and unpredictability. Under many governing figures in his life, McCandless wanted an escape from reality and didn’t want to be told how to do things, and just resorted to “living in the moment”. Krakauer discourages society of its unuse of ignorance of its surrounding resources, explaining that the key to a better life lay not in the grasps of

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