In the film Into the Wild directed by Sean Penn, viewers may have gathered enough evidence to back up their thoughts on Christopher McCandless being a transcendentalist or a non-transcendentalist. Chris portrayed the effort of being a transcendentalist just as Ralph Waldo Emerson and David Thoreau did. He abandoned his nice life to hitchhike all over North America and he was happy about it. McCandless unfortunately died in the wilderness of Alaska after he had eaten moldy seeds. Sooner or later, that mistake was enough to end his life. He shows behavior of being a Transcendentalist by the ways that he despised society, burned his money after he abandoned his car, and went out to Alaska on his own.
As portrayed in the film, Into the Wild, Chris McCandless hates society. In one particular scene, Chris starts yelling about “society” and how it is bad when he is telling Wayne about his trip to Alaska. In Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem, Self-Reliance, it says “Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.” (Emerson 15). Emerson is explaining that Transcendentalists are nonconformists and that they do not like society. This is exactly how Chris McCandless character is portrayed, which gives strong evidence on why many people believe he is a Transcendentalist.
When Chris McCandless burns his money, he is providing more evidence of being a nonconformist. By burning money, he is proving that he is no longer open to the changes in society. He treats money as a piece of paper with no value at all. As a character named Jim Gallien tried to provide Chris with help, Chris gladly refused. By not accepting this help proved his faith to the beliefs of Transcendentalism. He believes he can do anything and everything on his own. He knew for a fact that there was no other way to find what he was looking for except by going into the wild away from society.
Chris uses nature as a way to escape from reality and to escape from the...