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Chris Mc Candless: Hero Or Fool? Essay

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Have you ever seen a hero who has run from a place where he has encounter problems? The book “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer, Christopher was a young man from a well East Coast family. There’s serious relationship between his and his parents. After graduating from Emory University, he wants to know the truth about his existence. Therefore he decided to abandon his family and invented a new identity for himself. He went on a long journey that ended up in Alaska. Later, after 112 days his dead body was found in Alaska due to starvation. He’s just an irresponsible, reckless young adult.
During the weekend trip, Chris has discovered the truth about his father’s past. On his father’s birthday ...view middle of the document...

” (119). Walt is strict, but it appears that he loves Chris and giving him an advice. Still, Chris didn’t say anything but politely nod and then do what he wanted according to Walt. “Which made him supremely overconfident. If you attempted to talk him out of something, he won’t argue. He’d just nod politely and then do exactly what he wanted.”(119). Chris’s action was an irresponsible act of getting all emotional, going somewhere on his own and then accidently hating his father because of the accident case he found out. He doesn’t think about others, but basically getting involved in his father’s past.
Chris did something regretful before walking into the wild. He burns all his money and abandoned all his personal things included his ID. According to Krakaure, “He changes his name, gave the entire balance of a twenty-four-thousand-dollar savings account to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, and burned all the cash in his wallet.” (I). He didn’t realize that his identity was important. He changes his identity without any thought of what will happen in the future. It seems like he’s a nice person for donating 24,000$ to charity, but what if he needs this money in the future? What about his o identification and ID in case he needs it? There’s a journey thought in chapter 4 it mentions that Chris was facing many difficulties afterwards,” He was back in the United Stated border on January 18. Caught by immigration authorities trying to slip into the country without ID, and he spent a night in custody.” (36). This looks absurd because his new identity did not benefit him at all, but what if he has his ID? Will he get to spend one second in the jail? Evidently, his ID would be very useful. Therefore, he understood that he has to be careful wherever he travels, but by the time he understands it was too late, The author of the book also mentions, “McCandless spent the next six weeks on the move across the Southwest, traveling as far east as Houston and as far west as the Pacific coast. To avoid being rolled by the unsavory characters who rule the street and freeway overpasses where he slept… McCandless went to Los Angeles “to get an ID and a job, but feels extremely uncomfortable in society now and must return to the road immediately.” (37). Will he be afraid of the border guard if he still has an ID? He’d realize that his new identity is for himself, but it is not beneficial for him in the real word. According to the quote, it seems like he regrets for throwing away his ID and the more stupid he later realized was that he needs money. Chris burnt all his cash before walking into the wild, but now he’s looking for a job, which indicates that his action was foolish. What's the point of burning all your money, and then later you search for a job? Also, burning money makes no one’s a hero, but a fool. If he has a mind, how can he burn money unless it is a sign of...

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