Into The Wild And Walden David Henry Thoreau's Into The Wild

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Society has a long history of directly and inadvertently shaping the youth of our nation, who then grow up to be adults infatuated with the status quo. The rigid constraints of society force strongly independent thinkers to completely break the mold, completely straying away from the path society has set for them, while others who may be independent thinkers but with weak will power will fade into the background. In this way, society does more harm than good. It allows only the strong willed to create changing while divesting those of equal independence but lesser will their ability to contribute to a changing society. Strong minded independent thinkers have had a history of creating change, whether it be only within themselves or on a broader level affecting their communities, countries, or the world. In his book Walden David Henry Thoreau discusses his own desire for seperation from society and a desire to live purely off of himself and his own mind. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life... I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. ” (Thoreau). This is a thought process directly paralleled by Alex in Into the Wild. Both of these men were strong independent thinkers, and thus went of into the world and blazed a trail for their own independence, finding…show more content…
The everyday peasantry one may experience from a world full of people who are all the same has no place in a world that could be filled with bright, colorful characters that make life an adventure rather than a fictitious, plastic fallacy. It is independence and the ability to think and do freely that creates the societies we are then subjected to live in. They are eternally changing and turning to accommodate different ideas and times, and so should the people that reside within

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