At the beginning of Into the World, the author notes that several controversies surround the life and death of Chris McCandless. He puts forward that some readers admired McCandless hugely for his noble ideas and courage…
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Ideas are given basing on how carefully their utterances are crafted jointly to leave the most lasting impact. The narrative in Into the Wild is a significant one because Jon Krakauer effectively used Chris McCandless relationships and adventures and related them to the reader, making him seem a sympathetic character. Despite the fact that the character had some wicked behaviours, I have a strong feeling that he was a bit foolish but at the same time a hero, following his dream and for adhering a strict moral code. Chris McCandless is depicted in the book and subsequent movie, Into the World, as a young American adventurer who was extremely disappointed with the materialistic society in which he had been brought up. This made him to find the meaning of life through solitude, adventure, and survival in the wild. The author notes, “He read a lot. He used a lot of big words. I think maybe part of what got him into trouble was that he did too much thinking” (Krakauer 74). The young man began extended trips just after completing his high school level, surviving on little cash or equipment. His dream of finding fulfilment and self-discovery terminated when he toured Alaskan wilderness, a place where he hunted for food, studied, and wrote in a journal and spend nights in an abandoned bus. Life in this part of the world was not so favourable to McCandles. After living in the bus for a period of more than three months, he perished out of starvation. Chris McCandless is not a fool as such, considering that he did everything in his consciousness. That was what he thought was right and it should not be ignored that many people go out on trips and do rare activities daily, but they are never categorized as fools or heroes. This means that McCandless is not an exception; his story ought to be treated just like any other. For example, Krakauer explores characters like John Waterman and Gene Rosellini who had financially stable ranks, yet they turned away from their good, affluent lifestyles for the reason that they desired to focus more on the inner linkage with nature. Further, John Waterman and McCandless both felt insecure and had a deep desire to explore things that showed no response; these two characters are not categorized as fools. The author only tried to illustrate to the readers and subsequent viewers, a man who was incredibly eager and naive, but certainly not foolish or reckless. Krakauer articulates that “He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life. He was alone and young and wilful and wild hearted, alone amid a waste of wild air and brackish waters and the sea harvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight” (Krakauer 24). The opinions of critical readers are what motivated me to read and understand this book deeper, only to rank McCandless as a thoughtful and cautious young man who valued independence and new life experiences, factors that actually contributed to his tragic death. The courage and confidence learned from individuals like Chris are what makes life an adventure in itself. People should not forget that it is not foolishness that makes a person lose his or her life. There must be good fortune and back-up plans that can make a person keep going. In this sense therefore, I can suggest that McCandless is both an idealistic fool and also a reckless hero. As a reckless hero, he went ahead to face a challenge, which he had no clue of how to fight. He had not trained himself of how to face the challenge; he did not have money, adequate and relevant equipment or weapons to do this. He definitely left a lifestyle that could be admired by many people in Washington
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