Into the Wild
Into the Wild was written in 1996 by Jon Krakauer. The story revolves around a young man named Chris McCandless who takes a long, treacherous journey into the wild. Throughout this journey Chris realizes that life is so much more than what people think. His goal is to prove people wrong and show them that he can survive off of nature and get to his destination, Alaska. Along the way learns to connect with nature and he finds his true self. He does come upon many obstacles that almost cost him his life, but every step of the way he learns to enjoy it. It's like a never ending adrenalin rush. Chris went into the wild to make a point, and although the outcome wasn't to good, he sure did make his point.
More about Chris McCandless
Chris McCandless was born on February 12, 1968 in El Segundo, California. He lived with his father, Walt McCandless, mother, Wilhemina McCandless (Billie), and his sister, Carine. His family home was not all love and happiness. There were incidences where his father would get violent, towards his mother, and the children witnessed it. However, Chris was a hard working kid he strived for the best and pushed himself to do better. He was a very bright student who maintained an A, and he was very active in sports and school activities. He finished high school and went on to graduate college. It was after this, at the age of 24, that Chris decided he was going on a journey to live in the wild. He donated all of his money and headed into the wild. Chris loved being out in nature by himself, however he did meet a few people along the way that helped him survive. He was a very personable guy, due to this multiple people were attracted to him. Without the help of these people Chris might not of lasted as long as he did. Throughout this long journey Chris lost connection with his mother and father, they were not the type of people he strived to be. Overall Chris had a set of morals that he stuck to. He was not a materialistic guy, and being out in the wild gave him all the pleasure that he needed. This journey allowed him to grow and learn more about this beautiful world. Chris McCandless is the prime example of a transcendentalist because he felt as though nature provides everything necessary to live.