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The Foolish Chris Mc Candless Of Into The Wild, By Jon Krakauer

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Many people dream about leaving everything behind and start a new life, but it’s not as easy as it seems. Learning how to adapt to a new environment may become a bit of a challenge. For example, in the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Christopher McCandless has no knowledge of the conditions he’s going to face when he arrives in Alaska. I would classify Christopher McCandless as a fearless crazy guy, because he leaves his well-shaped life behind. McCandless is not prepared for his expedition to Alaska, because he’s not familiar with the different lifestyles. Making all of these changes to himself like, detaching himself from his family and changing his name to Alexander Supertramp was a bad idea; because losing all of his connections means that he has no help from the people who really know him.

McCandless doesn’t have the best relationship with his parents. He decides to keep things to himself and learns how to deal with situations in silence. He addresses an issue he had with his parents in a letter he wrote to his sister Carine, “I’ve told them a million times that I have the best car in the world ... a car that I will never trade in, a car that I am very strongly attached to---yet they still ignore what I say and think I’d accept a new car from them!” (21). McCandless talks about how his parents try to gift him a new car after telling them that he doesn’t want a new car. His parents tend to make decisions for him a lot and McCandless doesn’t want them to. Another major problem he has with his parents is the discovery he made about his father’s affair. This is the main reason he cut all his connections with this family. McCandless discovers that “Walt continued his relationship with Marcia in secret, dividing his time between two households, two families” (121). Walt, Christopher’s father, has been maintaining two families at the same time. His second family is with Marcia, Walt’s first wife. After making this discovery, McCandless began to drift away from his father and started to live his life on his own.

After leaving his real identity behind and traveled to the west side of the United States, McCandless lost all that he had worked for. McCandless is a graduate of Emory University in Washington D.C. He has a wealthy family and parents that buy him things and care for him. Christopher McCandless leaves, “Driving out west out of Atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in the unfiltered experience...(he) no longer would answer to...

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