"Into the Wild" is about a guy named Christopher McCandless who embarks a new challenge in his life. He planned on hiking the Stampede Trail north of Mt. McKinley to go to Alaska to live a simple life, alone in the wild. He abandoned his car, burned all of his money and goes alone walking into his new life. He met people along the way and leaves a great impact in their lives. He traveled to Georgia, California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, and a lot more. He walks alone and sometimes hitchhikes to random car and asks for a ride. After his journey, he arrives in Alaska and finds an abandoned bus he called "The magic bus" and settles in. He lives a very care free life, outside society, he regularly consumes squirrel, spruce, duck, goose and porcupine. As he was starving, he got his book and looked up plants that are edible for him to eat. Sadly, he consumes the wrong one that ends up poisoning and killing him slowly. Soon after, hikers and hunter found and discovered his decayed bodied and his S.O.S note. They found out that starvation was the cause of his death after his autopsy.
Transcendentalism is a way a person understands a way of life. A life that is lived simply, away from the judging eyes of society and a life in nature. "Into the Wild" is a modern Transcendentalism piece because the book shows how Chris McCandless abandons his perfectly normal life, to live in the wilderness, alone. He also wanted to live in the wild to understand nature more so that he can be at peace with himself.
Christopher McCandless was 24 years old when he died. He grew up in Virginia with his younger sister, Carine. Chris grew up to be a privileged son. His father, Samuel McCandless is a aerospace engineer and his mother, Wilhelmina McCandless worked with his father in various business ventures. He graduated in Emory University with a degree in history and anthropology. He was suppose to go to a law school but he ended up donating 25,000 to charity. Him and his parents never really got along. He basically always went against their word and rebelled towards them. He was intelligent and knew what he was going into for this Alaskan trip.
"Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit."- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
"It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion;it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Realiance
"The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion fro 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."- Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
"Don't settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomatic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience."- Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
"We like companionship, see, but we can't stand to be around people for very long. So we go get ourselves lost, come back for a while, then get the hell out again."- Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild