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    As Arthur Shopenhauer once said, “A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.” In Jon Krakauer’s novel Into the Wild, Chris McCandless went out to live in the wild for a few months to be independent and search for the meaning of life. I believe McCandless wanted to go out and live off the land to be independant and self reliant, he was tired of having his parents wealth, he…

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    Jon Krakauer

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    In order to truly justify the journey the main character departed on in “Into the Wild,” by Jon Krakauer, a reader must first understand the motives the author had for writing this nonfiction story. As a young teen, Jon Krakauer was always into adventure and nature. According to his biography, “Jon Krakauer grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, where his father introduced him to mountaineering as an eight-year-old... After graduating from Hampshire College in 1976, Krakauer divided his time between…

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    Callarman’s argument is the most accurate view of Into The Wild and Chris McCandless’s decision. Chris made an ignorant decision based on his current feelings and how his parents treated him. You can’t succeed in the future with your actions at this point and time, but you sure can throw out your future with your current actions. And that is exactly what Chris did, he went from graduating from Emory University, to moving into the Alaskan wilderness and dying. He had the foundation of his life…

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    Chris McCandless was tired with society and seeked an escape from it. He did this by heading into the wild to become more in tune with himself and find the meaning of happiness. I agree with the author that Chris was not a crazy sociopath, or an outcast, as he always seemed to be around company on his journey to Alaska, but he was not as competent as the author, Jon Krakauer, believed he is. Chris was not happy with the way life was going so he set out on a journey from Georgia all the way…

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    Confidence is not always key In the novel, Into the Wild, Chris’ arrogance led to his downfall from trying to achieve survival on his own in the wild without society. He thought that he would have the ability to live completely without society and man’s judgment, however throughout the novel it soon became obvious that he was wrong. Chris was rather confident that he was completely prepared in order to live within the dangerous conditions on his own in the wild, though quite honestly he was not…

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    My project is about the Ernest Shackleton expedition. My thesis is: In 1914, the Ernest Shackleton expedition set out to be the first to cross the Antarctic continent. Shackleton encountered many challenges. Although the expedition never reached their goal, they set an example for future generations that with perseverance and the human will to survive, anything is possible. The idea came from my interest in the outdoors. This story of survival caught my attention. This topic relates to the…

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    In chapters 8 and 9 of Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer quotes many of the negative letters, many of whom were Alaskans, he received after the original article about McCandless ran in Outside magazine. “‘I personally see nothing positive at all about Christ McCandless’s lifestyle or wilderness doctrine,’ […]” (Krakauer 71). Alaskans thought he didn’t respect the Alaskan wilderness, while others could not believe someone could act so impulsive. Some even believed, “‘Krakauer is a kook if he doesn’t…

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    The conflict that Christopher (Chris) McCandless, the main character struggled with several conflicts both internally and externally. His internal conflict was what stood out to me the most in which, Chris attempts to prove his manhood and that he can live off the land. In addition, there is a conflict between himself and nature in which, McCandless goes into the wilderness with little knowledge of what’s around and with a scarce amount of resources. Chris also faces a man versus society…

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    Matt's Character Analysis

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    What is the longest time you have ever been left at home alone? Matt was left alone for seven weeks in the Maine wilderness at age 12. No friends. No family. No companionship whatsoever. Matt’s father showed wisdom in leaving him alone in the wilderness at age 12 for 3 reasons: the cabin needed to be protected, Matt demonstrated manly character, and Matt developed a friendly relationship with the Indians. The first reason Matt’s father should have left him alone in the wilderness at age 12 is…

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    Self-Reliance in Into The Wild Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is an understanding of one man's hunger for self-reliance in the world. In 1990, Christopher McCandless leaves everyday society to venture into the wild with a goal of reaching Alaska and living on only his surroundings. Chris truly believes “that you should own nothing except what you carry on your back.” (Krakauer,32). He starts his journey with a car that gets flooded in the desert so he decides to hitchhike. Hitchhiking and…

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