Analysis Of Into The Wild, By Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“...You are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God’s place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things” (Christopher McCandless). Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a novel about Chris McCandless’ journey and his beliefs, which tie closely with a short excerpt by Ralph Waldo Emerson called “Nature.” In Into the Wild, Chris McCandless values the beauty of nature and believes people oversees the true value and beauty of nature, also shown by Ralph Waldo Emerson in “Nature.” McCandless believed that most people oversee the beauty of nature and thought it was a individual's duty to experience it to and …show more content…
“To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society… But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars”( Emerson 2). Ralph Waldo Emerson means that humans need retiring or ignoring the distractions of society and to relax and let one's mind run free. He says to “let a man look at the stars” and let him enjoy the nature’s masterpiece. “One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with the design, to give man, heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime… If the stars appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore” (Emerson 1). Ralph believes that people take nature's beauty for granted and feels that if stars were only seen once in a thousand years they would be valued more. He thinks that people should look at all of nature this way and find happiness and beauty in God's world not the humans world. “Not the sun or the summers alone, but every hour and season yields its tribute of delight; for every hour and change corresponds to and authorizes a different state of mind, from breathless noon to grimmest midnight”(Emerson 1). Meanwhile, some people do value nature, but they don’t value it everyday throughout the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson believes people need to go out relax and enjoy nature no matter what time of the day or the …show more content…
“To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun” (Emerson 1). This quote by Emerson is identical on how McCandless felt about people in society. In other words Emerson is saying that people don't see the true beauty that nature offers and believe that people need to. McCandless feels the same way as this was the purpose he went out on his journey to Alaska. McCandless are so similar that is hard to find a difference between them but one of the biggest difference is that Chris McCandless died because he wasn’t self-reliant and that is how Emerson lives. Emerson believes in being self-reliant and does but Chris McCandless was unable to survive in nature because he ate potato seed which starved him leaving him stranded and helpless. Another similarity is that they are both extremely intelligent. Chris McCandless went to college and was a writer for the newspaper making him a very smart individual. This is similar to Ralph Waldo Emerson as he is a extremely good write and has wrote many popular excerpts that have received national

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