The Personality Of Stupidity In The Life Of Chris Mccandless

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Chris McCandless had a very unique response to life and society, even though he was a highly intelligent person. He was different than other people and what conducted him to his death was not an act of stupidity. Believing in ideals that were thought out to be just irrational but to him it was the way a person should live, without the corruption of material things. He pursued his plans extremely different than what the average person would but, that does not mean he was delirious to do what he did. Leaving his family was a choice he had to make and nobody else would do it for him and he knew that. He was not a psycho or a “narcissist” as Jon Krakauer quoted from people that resided in Alaska and gave their thoughts about McCandless …show more content…
He was brave to “ ‘ walk into the wild’ ”. McCandless grew up in a family with very high standards of what success was. His family’s logic was that if you did not get first place it was a failure. McCandless had a peculiar way of looking at success. His parents thought that success was going to college and getting a law degree and then you can have a successful life. Chris unlike his parents he thought that a career was a “ ‘twentieth-century inventions” ’ he thought it would be more of a burden rather than a benefit for him and he could survive without it. Ultimately he went to Emory, but with the same concept that he could do without a career. All of the things his parents thought as necessary to have a good life Chris McCandless was disgusted and embarrassed by them. His parents on the other side were very content of all the things they had. Both his parents knew the difficulty of not having money while they were growing up. Chris understood why his parents were materialistic but it still …show more content…
He was compared to people like Rosellini, Waterman and McCunn, every single one of them attempted to live out in the wild for different reasons. Chris shared some of the characteristics that those people that attempted to go out and live off the land, like the adventurous side of going out and explore nature, also he knew how to use his basic knowledge. One thing he did not have in common with these people was that he was not ill and he did not expect for someone to come after him. He knew exactly what he was doing and that he would suffer along the way but it did not stop him but some people still comment about how idiotic he was for going to Alaska and live off the land. People do not understand the reasons of why he would do that. They stereotype him and think he was just a stupid childish kid that did not know what he was doing and that he was just lucky to have survived that

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