John Krakauer Dialectical Journal

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11. Chris planning to travel across the United States and eventually go to Alaska with little supplies is a prime example of what John Krakauer observed. Chris used hitchhiking and train jumping as a mode of transportation once he abandoned his car. Chris’ parents would not approve of these things. “Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An Extremist. An Aesthetic Voyager whose home is the road” (179), this quote demonstrates Chris’ lifestyle for two years. Chris did not adapt a modern lifestyle, he did what he wanted and relied on hitchhiking and train jumping for transportation. I would compare Andy Horowitz view with Chris’ because Andy says that Chris was born too late for society to accept …show more content…
I believe Chris did not hum with meaning and purpose but I do agree with John Krakauer. That is why he left. Chri wanted to find purpose and the only way he believed he could do it was abandoning his current life and trying to create a new one. Chris attempted to reinvent himself and took it to the next level. Chris took it to far going into Alaska with little gear, which brought his downfall. “ He was looking for more adventure and freedom than today’s society gives people.”(174), this quote from Andy Horowitz demonstrates how Chris was not happy and did enjoy the way society was. “.. with his idiosyncratic logic, came up with an elegant solution to this dilemma: He simply got rid of the map”(174), this other quote demonstrates why Chris left for his odyssey. Chris was confident in his ability to navigate the Alaskan wilderness, he believed this so he felt he did not need a map. People may believe this is a ignorant move but if Chris is not going to use the map or doesn't know how to navigate with the map, what is the sense in keeping it. This is where I agree to a certain degree with what John Krakauer said about Chris. Chris is an excellent of how adventure and freedom can be dangerous. Chris ended up dying because of his freedom and adventurousness. He was overconfident, brought minimal supplies, was uneducated about how to survive in the wild, and uneducated about Alaska. All of these factors lead to his ultimate demise. Chris showed that freedom and adventurous

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