Separation In Into The Wild, By Jon Krakauer

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Man has never been a lone wolf, but a nomad, always traveling in packs because without others Man cannot survive. Without cooperation, Man cannot live because life is not self-sustainable. For those who attempt to live on their own, they realize the hardships of being lonesome the hard way. A man who believes that one can be self-sufficient is a man with a distorted vision of reality. Therefore, McCandless’ distorted vision of reality forces him to abandon civilization and seek self-fulfillment which leads to his inevitable downfall.
People often resort to isolation to run away from their problems. They seek answers but fail to realize that others can provide a solution. Christopher J. McCandless is one the type of person to abandon companionship for isolation. Separation from civilization only harms the person who leaves it. Hence from the very beginning, McCandless' call for help goes unnoticed, "S.O.S. I NEED YOUR HELP. I AM INJURED, NEAR DEATH, AND TOO WEAK TO HIKE OUT OF HERE. I AM ALL ALONE, THIS IS NO JOKE. IN THE NAME OF GOD, PLEASE REMAIN TO SAVE ME..." (Krakauer 12). His S.O.S note elucidates the impression that isolation is fatal and that the need for companions is crucial. However, McCandless has had a few friendships on his journey, but he decided to keep them at a
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That him cutting off all connection to society is brave because everyone else fears the abandonment of civilization and complete solitude. McCandless does somethings that others wish they could do. However, McCandless did not abandon everything because he is courageous; he abandons everything because he seeks self-fulfillment. Moreover, he leaves out of anger, not nobility. As for self-fulfillment, he discovers that happiness is only real when shared, so his idea that there is no need for others for one to be happy proves false. Overall, McCandless is a reckless Narcissist that pursues a distorted

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