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A. Patel 1 Akshay Patel Expository Writing 1 Jason Gulya February 10, 2011 Rough Draft Powerful Mind: Pursuit of Happiness There will be instances in life where an individual must leave their surroundings to find their true. Chris McCandless a man who has just graduated from the University of Georgia is preparing for a journey to Alaska in the story “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. Events occurring in this story show how the environment affects the mood of individuals similarly in the essay written “The Power of Context” by Malcolm Gladwell. Both writers show various examples of how powerful the inner state can be in shaping how an individual feels. McCandless believed going to Alaska would lead him to be happy. An individual’s state of mind along with their mood is the primary component of an individual’s actions and behaviors towards the rest of the world. The date was April 15 th 1992 when McCandless left his home in South Dakota to head to Alaska. His claim for the reason behind this expedition was to search for happiness in himself. Chris was also known as Alex Supertramp on his expedition so he can be free without worrying about anybody knowing him. Chris had very little equipment and no map: he was seeking an actual adventure. Ninety days later a team of men found him, alone and dead in a bus dead. Extreme sufferings, such as the kind that Chris McCandless experienced throughout his time in the Alaskan wild, directly triggers a response from the inner state of McCandless which, in turn, triggers satisfaction and contentment with one’s own self-being. “He seemed to have moved beyond his need to assert so adamantly his autonomy, his need to separate himself from his parents. Maybe he was prepared to forgive their imperfections; maybe he was even prepared to forgive some of his own. McCandless seems ready, perhaps, to go home” (Krakauer 353). Chris
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A. Patel 2 McCandless, after extreme isolation from society and stranded in the taiga of Alaska, finally found what he was looking for when he went off on his journey: happiness. After intensely
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This note was uploaded on 03/24/2011 for the course ENGISH 101 taught by Professor Jasongulya during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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