Materialism In Into The Wild

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Free Bird Chris
So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity and conservatism (qtd. in Krakauer 57). Abandoning the routine of waking up at the same time everyday to take a shower, grab a cup of joe and head into work is not an easy task. Chris McCandless had an education, money, and car and gave it all up to follow his dream. In Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer gives insight into the mentality of Chris. The reader quickly learned that Chris did what he wanted regardless of what others thought. Many childhood events contributed to Chris having this relaxed attitude toward relationships and people. His sister, Carine,
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Chris McCandless was the complete opposite of a materialistic person. Christopher had a fresh start in Alaska with “no phone, no car, no cigarettes” and this can be truly “inspirational” to many (Mason). In today’s society a child can not be pried from their cellphone and may miss the tranquility and beauty nature offers. Chris aimed to capture these very moments and find peace and truth in the simplicity of nature. While Chris took simplicity to the extreme and neglected to bring a map and this may have led to his death, this is how he wanted it so he could explore new places and see the unseen in Anchorage. This serves as a lesson that sometimes material items can stand in the way of becoming your own teacher and seeing the world in a different way. Pete Mason describes this way of learning as finding your ‘inner country’ (qtd. In Mason). With a different adventure every day and not a map to tell him where to go kept it exciting and fresh (Mason). Many people become trapped in their material items and it holds them back. A deeper spiritual meaning can be found in nature and this is what McCandless searched for and documented. This documentation is how we learn that Chris was happy without many items others normally want. Breaking away from this materialistic lifestyle created a more peaceful and freeing lifestyle which then allows to see the true beauty of the world and of the Alaskan

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