Analysis Of Chris Mccandless 'Into The Wild'

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Nature has a unique and irresistible allure for mankind. Countless people go into the wild to seek adventures and to learn about themselves each year. Many people have the misconception that people like Chris McCandless, the protagonist of Into the Wild, are hubris who act on sudden impulses. Yet McCandless is actually an amiable and cautious adventurer who is well-received in society but chooses to go into the wild to pursue his personal beliefs and is aware of the risks of his actions. McCandless has experienced both social and outdoor life extensively before making his thoughtful decision to go into nature. McCandless does not go into the wild because he is antisocial or because he cannot fit into the society. On the contrary, he is very amiable and makes friends easily. He befriends everyone he meets as a hitchhiker and is considered to be intelligent, hardworking, polite, friendly and influential among his friends. These social skills are evident through…show more content…
McCandless has always embraced David Thoreau’s idea of venturing into the woods to “live deliberately, to front only the essentials of life” (Thoreau). McCandless believes that his life is only meaningful if he lives in the moment and focuses on his basic natural needs. He expresses eagerness to live an active life in the letter he sends to Franz encouraging him to change is sedentary lifestyle: “There is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun…you will see [life’s] full meaning and its incredible beauty” (Krakauer 57). He states plainly that he sees joy and life’s meaning in a mobile, unconventional and positive lifestyle. It is clear that he journeys into the woods with only the basic equipment to live out his beliefs by on focusing on the immediate moment, the environment and the basics of

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