Christopher McCandless was an intelligent young man that wanted to travel and experience life at its most basic levels. He ditched his possessions, left his home without a trace, and hitchhiked his way into the Alaskan wilderness encountering multiple people and places along the way.
Transcendentalism is known to be the idea that we have the knowledge about God, ourselves, and the surrounding world that "transcends" us. Transcendentalists believe in going beyond the normal when experiencing life to discover a true spiritual conciousness. They do this by being self-reliant, simplifying, and absorbing themselves into nature
In Nature Emerson states, "I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear ad connate than in streets or villages." Emerson is describing the effect that the experience in nature is gives him. Emerson claims that he is at ease in nature and finds peace there, not society.
Emerson believed in marching to your own beat and not sticking to the status quo. In Self-Reliance Emerson says, "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine Providence has found for you; the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events." Emerson stresses the importance of being self reliant by saying that you have to be original and stay true to yourself.
In Much Madness is divinest Sense Dickinson states, "'Tis the Majority/ In this, as All, prevail--/ Assent--and you are sane--/ Demur--you're straightway dangerous--/ And handled with a Chain--" Dickinson expresses how if you agree with society you are normal to them but if you go against society you are seen as crazy to them.
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer states, "How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,/ Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,/ In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,/ Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars." The speaker didn't want to listen t the lecture because it had nothing to do with what he thought it was supposed to be about. The speaker went outside looked up at the stars and was immediately refreshed and in awe. Walt Whitman displays in this poem that nature is the ultimate peace.
In Civil Disobedience Thoreau states, "There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power." Thoreau is stating how the government will never be more important than the citizens it serves and success will be reached when it realizes that.
Thoreau also states, "The progress fro an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for an individual." He explains again how individuals need to respect themselves and one another
CHRIS MCCANDLESS BIO
Chris McCandless was a bright young man with a somewhat troubled childhood that hated the way society worked. He wanted to escape society, go on a journey and immerse himself in something he loved, nature. Chris decided to cut off all his ties to the material world and experience life while traveling across the country. On his journey, McCandless encountered many different people who he had formed bonds with and places that he gained new experiences in. McCandless left an astounding impact on the people that he met on his journey and they will never forget him because he changed their lives. When McCandless finally reaches his final destination of Alaska after traveling for months. He finds shelter in an old bus and lives his life the way he wished it to be, in nature, for 3 months. Unfortunately Chris got weak and crossing a river which would let him leave was impossible so he ended up being trapped. He soon comes to an epiphany and claims, "Happiness is only real when shared." In August 1992 McCandless died due to starvation and the people that have experienced him are heartbroken.