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    In his essay, “Walking,” Henry David Thoreau discusses a number of ideas on wilderness and society, and makes several bold claims about society’s detrimental effect on the “wild.” He begins by expressing his affinity for taking long walks on which he “saunters” outdoors. Thoreau explains that not everyone is equipped with the necessary disposition for these types of journeys and says, “no wealth can buy the requisite leisure, freedom, and independence which are the capital in this profession.”…

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    I chose the documentary The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition for my documentary analysis and I’m connecting it to the book written by Alfred Lansing, The Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. The documentary similar to the book follows Ernest Shackleton’s expedition, but where the book was meant to be a more objective and true to the events that the crew went through, but the film lists the events and adds emotions to the events that happen to the crew. The Documentary…

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    Into the Wild: Book/Movie Compare and Contrast A young man seeking adventure while he travels across Western America and Canada, discovering what life is like away from his parents and free from wealth and comfort. Into the Wild is a true account of Chris McCandless’ wild adventure, written by Jon Krakauer; his journey was later adapted into a movie by Sean Penn. In terms of plot and characters, both the movie and book give life to Chris and tell his story accurately, but one must choose to…

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    A man whose goal is to become lost in the wild has recently become the ideal picture of what people aspire to be. Chris McCandless and his journey, depicted in Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer, is the face behind the story that everyone wanted to live. Turning down the conformity of society and living a minimalistic life has helped Chris find who he was while in the wild. Minimalism throughout Chris McCandless's journey in Into The Wild helps him work through his thoughts; and over time leads him…

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    Isolation: The Struggle to Find One’s Self In Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer investigates a young man’s struggle between isolation and forgiveness. This book shows the compelling, incredible adventure of Chris Mccandless, who leaves his home, family and money to disconnect himself from society and live the life he has always wanted. A simple young man, McCandless has a burning desire to live a simplistic nomadic lifestyle and explore the United States. This is a characteristic his family, his…

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    In the novel, Into the Wild, the author, Jon Krakauer attempts to remain unbiased, but reveals himself as positively biased toward Chris McCandless. Krakauer illustrates the journey McCandless goes through as he spontaneously abandons his life as a well-off college student to hitchhike to Alaska. After McCandless’s body was found, many people believe that he was naive and wasted his life; however, Krakauer does not. To demonstrate this, Krakauer compares his younger self to McCandless, views…

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    McCandless lived an incredible life. He dared to live in a way that reflected a transcendental lifestyle, something that we do not see much of nowadays. McCandless traveled all across the west, looking for that final, sweet adventure and ended up in Alaska, starved to death. The peculiar thing about this though, is that McCandless seemed to have no regrets. McCandless lived a unique life by the transcendental actions of reducing dependence on property and self reliance. Chris McCandless…

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    In the biography Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, he tells the story of Christopher Mccandless’ death and what lead him to make a choice to go into the wild knowing what he is getting into. Jon Krakauer started the book where McCandless death happened and and explaining what lead him to the death. Jon Krakauer wrote this book to motivate readers ,through Christopher McCandless journey. Krakauer purpose writing the book Into the wild is to furthermore and explain Christopher McCandless life…

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    Transcendentalism is a movement that has themes of going against society and materialistic things, while embracing nature and spirituality. Chris McCandless is a Transcendentalist in every sense of the word. The young adventurer, who is the protagonist in Jon Krakauer's nonfiction text Into the Wild, travels across Northern America. Following three main ideals; the disconnection of society, a minimalist lifestyle, and a deep respect for both God and nature, he attempts to find himself and…

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    It is no secret that the idea of wilderness grips every American citizen. Some authors including, William Cronon, have gone to great lengths to explain American infatuation with the wild. Cronon in his article The Trouble with Wilderness, Or Getting Back to the Wrong Nature, presents the sublime nature of wilderness as one of the reasons Americans imagine nature. I believe both I, Krakauer and Chris McCandless disagree with William’s Cronon’s assessment of the American psyche. Rather than seeing…

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