Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer Essay

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Positive Intentions Reveal the Opposite

In the book, “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless is a young man who was born into a wealthy middle class family and graduated from Emory College. Instead of embarking on a profitable career that would continue to support his reputable character, he decided to give up his possessions that would connect him to a life full of laws and expectations, and undertake a journey to the Alaskan Wilderness. Although Alex Supertramp, the name Chris gave himself, makes it seem as though his dysfunctional family was another major factor in his journey, besides his readings for Emerson and Thoreau, it can be more easily comprehended that his excuses were not justifiable for his actions. Leaving behind a family who was trying to reach out to him, Alex left under the impression that they were too controlling and continued to feel this way towards those who tried to help him along the way. Although his emotions to Krakauer seem acceptable and rational, it can be proved otherwise. While Krakauer portrays McCandless as an inspired intellectual, the bulk of the text reveals McCandless as stubborn and overconfident.
Chris McCandless’ stubborn nature cost him his life. He always isolated himself from his family and it was never an option for him to be open and speak up about what bothered him in order to solve his problems. He had high moral standards for himself similar to the standards his family had for him, however Chris seemed to forget…

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