Essay on Is Chris Mccandless Truly Successful?

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"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism." (76) These unhappy circumstances are what Chris McCandless in Into the Wild was trying to escape when he left on his journey. Some people could argue that Chris was unsuccessful in his adventures because he didn 't survive, however I disagree. I believe that Chris McCandless was extremely successful, but this might be because my definition of success may differ from others. I believe that success is not measured on finishing the journey alive, moreover I believe that success should measured on having the courage to try to follow your dream, on uncovering a truth, even if it wasn 't the truth you set out to find, and on not letting obstacles deter you from self satisfaction. Chris McCandless decided to leave home at age twenty-two and to donate 24,000 dollars of his savings to charity. He left his family and friends behind for a life of solitude. Living by himself and providing for himself, free of the toxic opinions of society, was his dream. He aspired to be a "refuge in nature," as he starred and bracketed in the book Doctor Zhivago. (349) Having the courage to pursue that dream is a success in itself. In addition to that initial success he survived for two years living the way he had always wanted, being one with nature. He could have been worried about disappointing his…

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