Chris Mccandless In Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

1472 Words 6 Pages
Chris McCandless is a young boy who graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, who left his family behind in Virginia, drove to the West Coast, changed his name, and never looked back at the past he was leaving behind. The book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer tells the life story of Chris McCandless and the ventures he embarks on. In the book Krakauer tells how after Chris disappears from his family, he invents a new identify for himself and travels all the way to the west coast. He wanted to find himself, who he really was deep down. He didn’t want to be the person his parents wanted him to be, he most certainly didn’t want to be the person society expected him to be, he wanted to be Alexandar Supertramp.
His numerous tests of both his physical
…show more content…
He gave up a civilized lifestyle to submerge himself in the intensity of nature. On a sheet of plywood inside the “Magic Bus,” McCandless writes, “No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild” (Qtd. in Krakauer 163). Within the wilderness, he felt a sense of belonging. On the occasions that he would step back into society along his journey, he felt uncomfortable, and needed to leave immediately. He was a misfit within civilized community and became “one” with the savageness of the …show more content…
McCandless needed these people. He needed approval, because in his mind that gave him the ok to go ahead. After all his main goal was to find himself. If he had his parents disapproval hanging over him the entire time that would have proved difficult. In the end McCandless found what he was looking for. He found himself. He tested his limits and unfortunately found out what they were. Whether it was his intent to test his limits to the end like he did is unknown. He had escaped his parents grasp and discovered his own personality, one that was not driven by others needs or responsibilities. It was his true self. While on his deathbed, McCandless writes, “I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD, GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!” (Qtd. in Krakauer 199). Throughout the entire story, he has been in constant battles with his parents, his body, nature, and his mind. By dying where he has been his happiest, he finally brings complete peace to himself.
I can relate to Chris McCandless story about how his parents doesn’t understand the adventures he wants to embark on. I have the same issue with my family, because I feel as though when I try telling them about things in my life they don’t understand or they try to change my mind on things I want to do in life. Sometimes I wish I could do what Chris did and get away, change my name and start a new life for myself.

Related Documents