Transcendentalism "into the wild" by jon krakauer

What is Transcendentalism?

Transcendentalism is a literary and philosophical movement that started in the 1830's with the belief that the most important reality is what is sensed or what is intuitive, rather than what is thought such as scientific knowledge. Trancendentalism can be identified by the following elements; immersion in nature, an omnipresent God, the divine man, intuition, simplicity, imagination, nonconformity, self-reliance and non-materialism. Famous transcendentalists include Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

What is Into the Wild?

Into the Wild is a non fiction book by Jon Krakauer. The book traces the journey of a young survivalist, Christopher McCandless. McCandless embarked on a self-discovery trip to Alaska in 1990. During this time, he encountered people of all kinds and left lasting impressions on each one of them. Jon Krakauer recounts stories of McCandless shared by the people he met. In addition, the book includes letters and journal entries written by Christopher that provide a personal perspective of his life.

The McCandless Family

Who was Christopher McCandless?

Christopher McCandless was born on February 12th, 1968 to Walt and Wilhelmina McCandless. Christopher had a sister, Carine, along with siblings from his father's first marriage. Chris attended school in Virginia, where he received high grades and was a member of the cross-country team. He went on to Emory University and graduated in 1990. After graduation, Chris cut ties with his family and began on a self-seeking adventure. He travelled through various states before arriving in Alaska in 1992. Four months later, his adventure ended fatally. Christopher McCandless died at the age of twenty-four.

"To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for your in your private heart, is true for all men, - that is genius." - Self Reliance by Emerson

"Imitation is suicide." - Walden by Emerson

"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!" - Walden by Emerson

"I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God." - Nature by Emerson

"Prevail- Assent- and you are sane." - Much Madness is divinest Sense by Dickinson

“If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.” -Civil Disobedience by Thoreau

"...til rising and gliding out I wandered off by myself..." -When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Whitman

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