Into The Wild
Chris McCandless was a passionate youth searching for something. His humdrum existence, Krakauer suggests, encouraged McCandless?s entry into the wild— not just to escape from civilization but to discover himself.
Of his readings, McCandless enjoyed Tolstoy, London, and Thoreau so much that he highlighted many of their passages in his books. They were calling him. The comforts of every day life were not satisfying his need for adventure and enlightenment. McCandless felt concern and displacement with the disposition of our world and wanted to rid himself of it for a while. Maybe his step into the wilderness was an attempted mission to improve civilization— ?his need for a purpose.? Civilization did not have a place for him— surely the arms of nature would greet him with enthusiasm.
McCandless entered the extreme Alaskan trail, crowning Jack London as king. His arrival and stay was to evoke clarity, without authority and without the advancement of technology. The philosophy McCandless took was that every day should be different, a new adventure. In a letter to Ron Franz, McCandless assures Franz, ?If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your
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