Theme Of Isolation In Jon Krakauer's Novel 'Into The Wild'

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Wayne Dyer, an American philosopher and self-help author, has stated that “People who truly understand what is meant by self-reliance know they must live their lives by ethics rather than rules.” (Dyer 16) Corresponding to Dyer’s expression, there are people in this world who seek independence and adventure. This position also echoes the protagonist’s principal value in Jon Krakauer’s novel “Into the Wild”. The book tells the story of Christopher McCandless, an American youth who wants to experience freedom and isolation through his travels, but perished alone in Alaska. Some American youths are attracted to the idea of adventure and self-reliance as did Christopher. However, human beings must rely on familiar necessities from civilization, …show more content…
When in isolation, people will not be able to love and be loved by others. Christopher expresses his love through various ways, during his two year travel before Alaska. The protagonist Christopher is portrayed as struggling in his attempt to isolate himself from society, while at the same time being gregarious socially. Despite the fact that Chris has always been making an effort to escape from people, he still exhibits love to those he meets during the two year period he travels.On the postcard received by Wayne Westerberg, one of Chris’s friends that he met along the way, Chris wrote “Hey guys! This is the last communication you shall receive from me. I now walk out to live amongst the wild. Take care, it was great knowing you. ALEXANDER.” (69) Chris showed his gratification to his friend in the last postcard he sent out before heading into the Alaskan Wilderness alone. Chris also shows his social skills through the good relationships he makes with people. He helps Jan Burres to sell her books at a market, and keeps good company with Franz, an old man he meets just before heading out to Alaska. While expressing love to people, Chris also receives love from them. After Jim Gallien gave the young hitchhiker a ride at Fairbanks, Alaska in .. 1990 “Before, Alex left the pickup, Gallien reached behind the seat, pulled out an old pair of …show more content…
This is contrary to human development. Humans cannot live in this world without fulfilling their physiological needs. (in conjunction with)They must have spiritual support from people and utilize the skills and knowledge from their ancestors. It is clear that Chris’s determination to be isolated and self-reliant places his life in peril. Nowadays, many young people have an urge to travel by themselves in dangerous places as a way of seeking adventure and experiencing life as they want it to be. Every year, many visit the bus in salutation of

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