How Romanticism Makes A Realist, By Chris Mccandless

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1: I think that romanticism is when a person or someone makes a situation seem better than it is. Romanticism would be taking a situation for what it is not and thinking that it is romantic, exciting, fun, or something that everyone should do. Romanticism is unlike realism in almost every way. Realism is when you take a situation true to life or for what it actually is. We are not always able to tell the difference between them. It seems like we would always be able to tell the difference but we can not. Chris Mccandless was not able to tell the difference between them because of works of fiction that he read. Some people may be able to or in certain situations people may be able to. Most of the time people are unable to and will chase …show more content…
We as humans have the ability to write. Without the ability to write we would not be as advanced as what we are today. Writing is a part of living and if you write then you live and if you live then you write. Krakauer had to piece together Chris’ entire life story, if Chris would not have written postcards, letters, notes, and in his journal then his life would not be recorded and no one would know of his story or of his journey. Since Chris wrote then he existed and since Krakauer wrote his autobiography and his story then he exists. When Chris was traveling around the country and making his way to Alaska he gave himself the name Alexander Supertramp. He thought way to highly of himself and became a little cocky by giving himself this name. Krakauer wrote, ”No longer would he answer to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Supertramp, master of his own destiny” (23). One reason I believe that he gave himself the name Alex is so his parents could not find him and people would not know his true identity. Krakauer wrote, “The hitchhiker swung his pack into the bed of the Ford and introduced himself as Alex” (4). This quote is an example of when he introduced himself as Alex instead of his real name Chris. Since he wrote as Alexander Supertramp and basically became Alex for a big part of his life, then Alex could be considered as existing. Chris and Alex both exist even though they are the same …show more content…
He read a lot of literature and this gave him unrealistic expectations about what the wild was like. He did not take a map and when he was in trouble it cost him his life. He was able to find food, he found shelter, and he was living just like he expected but when he got sick and was in trouble he was not prepared and could not find or get help in any way. Krakauer wrote “Everett was born in Oakland, California, in 1914 the younger of two sons raised by Christofer and Stella Ruess” (89). He was a lot like Chris in many ways. They both seemed to have very similar personalities and had somewhat similar stories. In some of Chris’ letters he seemed to sound a lot like Ruess. Krakauer wrote, “A half century later McCandless sounds eerily like Ruess” (92). They both wrote letters to people when they were on their journeys and they both died on their journeys as

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