“To live would be an awfully big adventure” (Hogans, 2003), a quote from Peter Pan, Chris McCandless lived through those words, living a short live he had lived, but he fulfilled his many adventures to his journey of his life. A true story written by Jon Krakauer, tracing back the footsteps of Chris McCandless, an Emory graduate to his death in an abandoned bus in the Alaska wilderness. Even though he knew it was possible that he wouldn’t survive, he looked for adventure because he wanted to look into his inner self and to follow his dream.
In chapter one, when McCandless meets Jim Gallien, who was the last person to see him alive and gave him boots and some food. McCandless offered Gallien ...view middle of the document...
..The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun (57).
Chris had lived through his words from the letter that he wrote to Franz. He met so many people who had a huge impact from Chris. He did what not many people could do, he followed his dream. In his journal entry, he wrote “ultimate freedom” (63), and he felt high from his happiness when he arrived in the wild. He didn't want to be in a culture where it’s the regular standard and where it is just an imitation of “real” happiness. Many people believed that money that it can be bought happiness. As HappyTipz mentions about “fake happiness”, the buying the things you want and makes you think that objects can make you be happy. Also as HappyTipz mentioned about “materialism” can raise your happiness. As much Chris loved his yellow datsun car, he lost his car during the flood; he didn’t care about his stuff that was left behind, just the only stuff that was important to survive with. He believed in the simplicity and beauty of life equal to happiness.
As many readers know that Chris doesn’t care about money at all. He donated “more than twenty-four-thousand-dollar” by the time he graduated from Emory to OXFAM America charity to end hunger (20). Also he also burnt his wallet because he didn’t the money “to control his life” (kyle101) and the last step to free himself from society. Chris didn't believe in the value of money and material of stuff. He only wanted what was best for him and for others. He wanted everyone to be happy.
Not many people take a picture of their last moments on earth but Chris wanted to take a picture to show that he was at peace. The last moments he did before he went to his sleeping bag that his mom did for him was to take a picture of himself, “standing near the bus under the high Alaska sky… He is smiling in the picture and there is no mistaking the look in his eyes: Chris McCandless was at peace, serene as monk gone to God” (199). Many people say he was stupid to take off like that, leaving society behind and start anew. He knew he wasn't coming back to civilization alive; he wanted to take a picture outside the Alaska air.