Tragic Flaws Of Chris Mccandless

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Many people viewed Chris McCandless from different perspectives, and came to several conclusions about this young man. Some deemed him to be incredibly clueless, while others saw him as a boy who simply just followed his heart. “I just don’t understand why he had to take those kind of chances,” Billie protests through her tears. “I just don’t understand it all” (Krakauer 132). In the novel, “Into The Wild”, Jon Krakauer portrays Chris McCandless as exactly who he is. A young, reckless boy who went into the wilderness fully aware that the outcome could be fatal. Chris McCandless was a self-centered individual who irrationally ventured off on his “life-changing journey”. His low levels of preparedness and illogical way of thinking ultimately …show more content…
He possessed a very stubborn, and almost arrogant personality. McCandless failed to ever ask for help because he felt he did not need it. This is one of his tragic flaws that ultimately lead to his death. For some reason, he did not accept help or advice when given to him. Jim Gallien a union electrician, gave Chris a ride to Denali National Park. “He wasn’t carrying anywhere near as much food and gear as you’d expect a guy to be carrying for that kind of trip” (Krakauer 4). Gallien also tried to persuade him from going on the expedition because he knew the danger that Chris was blindly walking into. Gallien, an accomplished hunter and woodsman who is experienced in living in the wild, tried to convince McCandless that he should not go into the wilderness. He is aware that the boy was ill prepared for the expedition. “But he wouldn’t give me an inch. He had an answer for everything I threw at him” (Krakauer 6). This is a great example of how strong-willed Chris was. He won’t even listen to a trusted friend for guidance because he foolishly believed he could handle any situation by …show more content…
Whenever he encountered hardships, he would pack up and leave. Heroes don’t run from issues, they stay and solve them. A hero is someone who is ready to face any difficulties. However, Christopher abandoned every place he had problems in, including his family, money, and friends. “His parents would no doubt be contacted. But there was a way to avoid such aggravation: He could simply abandon the Datsun and resume his odyssey on foot. And that’s what he decided to do” (Krakauer 29). His actions showed that leaving a “corrupt” society is a way to solve problems even though that is not the case. McCandless was foolish to leave all of his troubles behind. In order for him to be deemed a true hero, he should of stayed with his family and worked out all of their problems. Leaving didn’t solve anything, it only made the situation at hand

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