the three idiots EXPOS

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Khan 1 Mariam Khan EXPOS Writing 101: GE Prof. Kjelle Paper #3 (FD) “Selections from Into the Wild ”, “The Futile Pursuit of Happiness” and “The Wreck of Time” For most people, what happened 10 years ago is just as insignificant as something that happened 100 years ago compared to what is happening to them at the present time. People often try to find significance in their time and life to be satisfied with life, or to find happiness. In Jon Krakauer’s “Selections from Into the Wild ”, when Chris McCandless set out to live in the Alaskan wilderness, he was not concerned with what was happening around him, but considered only himself and his happiness. However, Jon Gertner, author of “Pursuit of Happiness”, has found through his research that most people do not know what will give them happiness, and often misjudge how much happiness they would get through a future event. But, as Annie Dillard explains in her essay “The Wreck of Time”, in the long run, our lives and our achievements are very insignificant, because each of us are insignificant compared to the billions of people living in this world, and the billions who have come before us. Annie Dillard’s idea that all people are insignificant and living in times just as ordinary as any other in our history confirms the fact that McCandless, in Jon Krakauer’s “Selection from Into the Wild ”, should have went out to the Alaskan wilderness despite Gertner’s idea that people would be happier if they avoid pursuing something that they know would not give them happiness. Jon Karkauer shows in his story that McCandless was right to pursuit happiness despite the fact that he was very ill prepared for the journey he undertook. When McCandless was travelling to Alaska, he expressed what he intended on gaining from staying in the Alaskan wilderness to his friend. It was a journey McCandless wanted to undertake for only his own benefit. He was not set out to learn about the animals and he did not consider it as some sort of
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Khan 2 mission to help humanity. He simply wanted to do something that he felt would prove to himself that he could make it on his own. He never thought about how this would affect his family or his friends, for he considered such things irrelevant, and did so rightly. If he actually considered his family, friends, the animals, or humanity in anyway, he would ruin an opportunity for an unforgettable experience so that he may do better for others, something that is least likely thing to be acknowledged 10 years from his death, just as most people hardly acknowledge any other significant event in history. People may remember significant events such as the Holocaust or the Russian Revolution, or maybe something as long gone as the existence of dinosaurs. But no one will remember that there was a young boy that once lived who gave up significant journey in his life so that he may avoid hurting animals or his parents. And this is the idea Dillard presents in
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Kjelle during the Spring '08 term at Stevens.

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