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  • Persuasive Essay About Chris Mccandless

    he saw as the optimum lifestyle. Chris’ adventure allowed Chris to be himself, and although it ended in his death, the importance of the trip emanates through the pure joy he experienced in the last weeks he spent alive. Chris’ vast intelligence allowed him to prepare as much as one trying to live his lifestyle could be, and he nearly successfully completed his trip; in addition, his downfall occurred due to the ignorance of humanity as a whole, not due to his arrogance. As stated by Ronald Hamilton in Krakauer’s “How Chris McCandless Died”, “It might be said that Christopher McCandless did indeed starve to death in the Alaskan wild, but this is only because he’d been poisoned” (5). Chris died due to the fact that the plant he ate, Hedysarum alpinum, more commonly called wild potato, contained a paralyzing amino acid that was not discovered to be in the seeds until after his death. Even the book carried by McCandless that explicitly describes edible and non-edible plants that thrive in Alaska provides no more than warning of a closely related, poisonous plant: “Kari’s book warns that because wild sweet pea is so difficult to distinguish from wild potato and “is reported to be poisonous, care should be taken to identify them accurately before attempting to use the wild potato as food”” (Krakauer 191). Besides detailing the differences between the two plants, the book provides no other warnings. If Chris were aware that the plant had paralyzing acids within, he probably…

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  • The Role Of Transcendentalism In Self-Reliance, By Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Chris Mccandless was a traveler who hitchhiked his way to alaska hoping to simply live off the land. Chris’ death was supposedly due to starvation after 4 months his body was found decomposed. Chris Mccandless is an adventurous young man who travels north america seeking the wonders of nature, to many Chris could be considered a Transcedendalist. Ralph Emerson is an american transcendentalist who wrote the book self reliance. In the story Into The Wild Chris Mccandless values the idea of…

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  • Who Is Chris Mccandless A Reckless Idiot

    leads to how the books were used that leads into the next reason why McCandless was a reckless idiot. More information to demonstrate my opinion about the main character is his limited knowledge of wild plants. One of the many books that McCandless brought with him on his journey was a book about the types of plants in the wilderness and how to eat them. However, that book actually didn’t help him, because some of the plants caused his death. “‘EXTREMELY WEAK, FAULT OF POT. SEED. MUCH…

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