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into the wild essay - Jason Mull English R1B The desert is...

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Jason Mull 09-16-08 English R1B “The desert is the environment of revelation, genetically and physiologically alien, sensorily austere, esthetically abstract, historically inimical…To the desert go the prophets and hermits; through deserts go pilgrims and exiles. Here the leaders of the great religions have sought the therapeutic and spiritual values of retreat, not to escape but to find reality.”- Paul Shepard The Desert Fathers For centuries human beings have sought refuge in the forgotten corners of the globe. There is a universal and timeless allure to these untouched places. They offer a limitless and raw terrain; an “escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations” (Page 15). In 1992, a young man from a privileged upbringing by the name of Chris McCandless joined this ancient tradition of asceticism, abandoning his possessions, his family, and even his identity in a “climatic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude [his] spiritual revolution” (Page 163). McCandless’ journey is relatable to a universal human urge for both escape and
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