Into The Wild Transcendentalism

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Freedom from invisible bounds, that is what they were searching for. In the 1830’s and 60’s, a new way of life started: Transcendentalism. They were against the Puritan ideals of wealth and wanted a closer and more emotional relationship with God. They strived to break away from the norms and to break away from the traditions and the lifestyle society had expected them to live by, and to seek their own way of living. In Jon Krakauer’s novel, Into the Wild, Chris McCandless displays the transcendentalist principal of nonconformity by not going along with what society wants, and by eventually living life away from society.
To be a nonconformist is to ignore what everyone else is doing and do what it is that you truly want to do. Thoreau, a famous transcendentalist, once said, “I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life” (Thoreau, “Where I lived and What I lived for” 253). He wanted to get away from society and all the shams and lies it presented. He only wanted the most basic facts, away from luxuries and back to the bare necessities. He also rejected the governing style: “When I meet a government which says to
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What is best for other people and the general public may not be what’s best for oneself, which is why Chris goes with his heart and his gut to make many of the decisions he made during his long journey. He escaped into the wild, like many philosophers and adventurers like Thoreau did before him. He does not let other people's opinions or ideals shape how he is going to live his life, and instead uses the ideals of Transcendentalism and self to live. Even though this way of living was created almost two hundred years ago, it can still be used to escape from the bonds of society and gain

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