Christopher Johnson McCandless was a hiker who also went by the name Alexander Supertramp and ventured into the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992 with a bit of food and equipment, hoping to live in isolation. Almost four months later, McCandless's body was found, weighing only 30kg. His story shocked many people and got the attention of magazine writer Jon Krakauer. At First he wrote a small article in the magazine Outside that sparked a lot of controversy with the readers. Since Krakauer got a lot of attention from his article, he decided to do more investigation on McCandless’s journey. Krakauer end up writing the book named Into the Wild and explains with plenty of detail McCandless’s life before his journey to the wilderness. Now a days, most teenager or young adult would never give up the life they have, because the way were so attach to electronics and our surroundings, for Chris McCandless is a different story he gave everything he had in life to go out and live a life in seclusion that caused him his death.
CHRIS McCANDLESS BEFORE INTO THE WILD
Chris McCandless was born in El Segundo, California in February 12, 1968 he was the older brother of Carine. His father was employed as an antenna specialist at National Aeroutics and Space Administration. His mother worked as a secretary at Hughes Aircraft. Then the family decided to move to Fairfax, Virginia, where Chris live. Chris parents would often fight and sometimes considered getting divorced. Chris and Carine have six half siblings living in California from his father’s first marriage. Chris’s father had an affair with Chris’s mom while he was married , because of that caused him to hold bitterness toward his father, maybe he was so ashamed of him he just wanted to get away from his father. In high school he became the captain of the cross-country team. On June 2, 1986 he graduated from W.T Woodsom High School in Fairfax Virginia. Henry David Thoreau, W.H Daves, Leo Tolstoy and Jack London influenced McCandless. When he graduated from Emory on May 12, 1990 with a bachelor degree in anthropology and history. In the article Men’s Journal: The Cult of Chris McCandless it says” 24-year-old honors, graduate, star, athlete and beloved brother and son from a wealthy but dysfunctional East Coast Family”. He had accomplished many goals, which other people would never be able to accomplish. At the same time if you had a dysfunctional family, maybe he was embarrassed by them, and would do anything to sever all family ties.
JOURNEY TO THE ANTI-SOCIAL LIFE
Before he started his journey, he donated 25,00 to charity. During that time he adopted the named Alex Supertramp. Krakauer notes he might have gotten the name from W.H Davies autobiography The Autobiography of a Super-Tramp. People would describe him as intelligent and well-read . At the end of summer he traveled through out Arizona, South Dakota and California. As it was written in this book Into the Wild ”I now walk into the wild” (69). He...