Into The Wild: Chris Mc Candless As Role Model

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There had never been and there would never be someone exactly like Chris McCandless. Chris has a middle class background and stands out from his peers because he believes that society restrains his independence. He leaves his past life and wanders America heading toward the lonely Alaskan wilderness to find who he really is. He discovers ways of moving to Alaska despite leaving behind all of his possessions and social status. Chris’s sincerity and integrity earn the respect of the people he meets. He inspires people leave behind their old life and explore the country by documenting his experiences. Chris loves to challenge himself and after succeeding academically he finds purpose through self deprivation. Chris chooses Alaska because its' remote location makes it a challenging journey and destination. By surviving with as little equipment as possible he shows that happiness does not depend on comfort. His books give him the strength to continue traveling and are what inspires him to live in isolation. Before Chris's life ends he shows his happiness and satisfaction with his decisions by leaving a message and a quote from Robinson Jeffers poem. Chris McCandless is a role model for a young generation.

Chris McCandless’s sincerity and ardent beliefs captivate the souls of the people he meets. When Chris meets Mary Westerberg "she [isn’t] enthusiastic about meeting [him]" because he is a laborer on her grain mill. However after talking to Chris for a few minutes she “couldn’t get him out of [her] mind". Chris offers an honest conversation and that is enough to change her disparaging opinion of his nomadic lifestyle. Mary realizes that "Chris [is] the sort person who [insists] on living out his beliefs"(Krakauer 67) and that the social position of a person does not define their character. Regardless of what their opinion is on Chris living in the Alaskan forest, his passion for reaching that goal deserves respect and fuels his relationships with Jan Burres, Jim Gallien and Ronald Franz. All three help Chris reach Alaska after initially discouraging him because Chris earned their friendship with his values and not theirs. Much like a father Ronald questions Chris on his decision to leave home but while Chris is happy being independent Ronald's life is empty. He loses his family while serving his country and lives alone. Believing in duty to his country has left him with no relationships. Ronald wants happiness so after receiving a letter from Chris Ronald changes his life, emulating Chris’s transient lifestyle by living out of a trailer. Ronald is grateful to Chris for persuading him to cast off his self-imposed bonds and find happiness in new experiences. When Ronald finds out about Chris's death he, "[renounces] the Lord, [he withdraws] church membership and [becomes] an atheist" (60). Ronald thinks there must be no God if someone like can die from starvation. The strength of Chris’s belief in his world view made him an inspiring and magnetic...

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