Essay on Commentary On The Wild By Jon Krakauer

1316 Words Apr 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Josh K.

6th Hour

Personal Manifesto

“Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, ‘cause “the west is the best.” And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventures. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the great white north. No longer poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild” (Krakauer 163).

The author, Jon Krakauer, uses a quote by Alexander Supertramp or Chris McCandless, in his book Into the Wild. Chris’s quote argues that materialism is not a hindrance towards finding oneself and that in order to find oneself one must first lose oneself and their possessions. During the times of the likeness of Thoreau and Emerson a person could survive on limited material goods as the world had not become as urbanized as it is today. Chris believed that this ideology of giving up material goods in order to find himself lost in the woods might have worked in the times of people like Thoreau or Emerson but in a modernized and urbanized society this is nigh impossible. Chris’s ideology towards materialism and how to find oneself is not necessarily a wrong ideology but is misplaced in the current state of the world.The…

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