Into the Wild Essay

1041 Words Oct 12th, 2010 5 Pages
Dec 9, 2009
Paper #2
Into the Wild
Into the Wild is a book about a young man named Chris McCandless and his decision to go off and live in the wild. He decided to walk deep into the Alaskan wilderness and abandon all of his possessions and family. This book is the authors, Jon Krakauer, version of Chris McCandless’ story put together through interviewing and speaking with people who knew Chris as well as by using letters Chris wrote to his loved ones.
In my opinion on what motivated Chris McCandless to venture off into the wild was his need to get out of mainstream society and to not live the life that was originally planned out for him. On his journey to Mt. McKinley, Alaska, he met some friends. One in particular was Ron Franz who
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He also seemed regretful though because of the way that he wrote the note. He sounded desperate and while he was writing the note he probably must have felt somewhat regretful in living in the wild. In the note you can also tell that he had lost track of the date and was probably in a sick state. This note is actually very hard to read because it’s sad to know that he was in desperate need of help and was injured.

“Nothing’s more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. (pg. 57)” – Chris McCandless”

My reflection on this quote is that it’s true. Chris is most likely saying that he hated the feeling of knowing what the outcome of his future would be. I personally would also hate that feeling of knowing my future because each day is supposed to be different and if you know what you’re going to do every day than there’s no point. Each day is supposed to be different and knowing that you’re going to have a secure future is good but at the same time bad. It’s good because then you don’t have to worry about if you’re going to be protected or secure and you know that it’s going to happen. But at the same time it’s bad because if you know that you’re going to have a secure future than there’s no satisfactory when you make your future that way instead of having to handed down to you. And I think that’s how Chris McCandless felt.

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