Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer Essay

1312 Words Jan 5th, 2015 6 Pages
The novel, Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer tells the story of a rebellious man, named Christopher McCandless, who lived a very abstract life. After graduating high school Chris developed ideas of philosophy from authors, Thoreau and Jack London. Like most Americans Chris had a dream of finding the true meaning of himself and happiness by abandoning society. Chris established philosophic beliefs from the authors’ work he read. Chris is a young man who was a genius to the point he had been accepted to attend an Ivy League Law school. He comes from a very rich family which provided him everything and anything he desired. However, McCandless had a different mindset than the one he grew up with and the one set by society.
Chris really believed that money and wealth does not buy or provide happiness. This is the opposite of our old friend Jay Gatsby. In the novel, The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald Jay Gatsby was a man that started at the bottom with nothing, but worked and cheated his way up in life to become rich and wealthy. Gatsby believed that the wealth and riches would bring him happiness because he’d finally get his dream girl, Daisy. Being wealthy and getting Daisy was Gatsby’s happiness. In comparison to Chris McCandless, he was born with riches, wealth and the opportunity to be happy. Yet, Chris chose to leave what Gatsby strived for behind to seek his purpose and own happiness in the wilderness. In April 1992, Chris hitchhiked his way to Alaska and entered the…

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