Lions - Eric Slover Rough Draft Lions Tigers Bears Oh My...

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Eric Slover November 15, 11 Rough Draft Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My! Sometimes a character may be pushed over the edge by our materialistic society to discover his or her true roots, which can only be found by going back to nature where monetary status was not important. In “Selections from Into The Wild, ” Jon Krakauer reveals the truths about Chris McCandless’ epic journey through the retracing of all his moves. McCandless left all of his possessions and began a trek across the Western United States, which eventually brought him to the place of his demise-Alaska. Jon Krakauer brings the reader along as he discovers the facts of McCandless’ journey and uses excerpts from various authors such as Thoreau, London, and Tolstoy, as well as flashbacks and narrative pace and even is able to parallel the adventures of McCandless to his own life as a young man. Krakauer educates himself of McCandless’ story by talking to the people that knew Chris the best. Jean Twenge writes about the realities of the current society in her essay “An Army of One: Me,” and the positive and negative affects of the people living in it, including herself. She discovers and makes the connection that people are changing due to the self-esteem movement, both physically and mentally. McCandless is indeed a “drop-out” of the ignorant and arrogant GenMe society for his rugged individualism and his fondness of nature, something that the people in our generation lack. His ideas of reward and experience drive Chris to strive for a more motivated and simple life. The issues and problems a child might endure by a parent at such a young age might cause a child to resent their parents as he or she grows up. The stress and pressure
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Eric Slover November 15, 11 Rough Draft that might have fallen on McCandless was probably by his father, “a NASA rocket scientist” (Krakauer, 204). One is able to see that the expectations from a rocket scientist will have negative effects, regardless of what is being accomplished. Even though the reader doesn’t receive a full biography of his father, McCandless must have disappointed his father so much that he had to run away from it all. His father being so successful, Chris’ accomplishments were probably looked at as sub-standard compared to his father’s, which can be a driving factor of why he left. His self-esteem was no more because of the lack of enthusiasm and self-centered attitude his father had about his accomplishments, and he didn’t want to exist in the eyes of his father. The lack of
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course PSYCHLOGY 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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