self motivated hero

self motivated hero - Eric Slover November 21, 11 Rough...

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Eric Slover November 21, 11 Rough Draft Self-Motivated Hero 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. Chris McCandless needed to escape his past experiences and forget about his former life, which can be considered a leading force to why he became a naturist, or someone yearning to live in the wild alone. Up until his college graduation, McCandless
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Eric Slover November 21, 11 Rough Draft was on path to becoming a GenMe robot, just like everyone else growing up at the time. He must have realized that the path he was strolling was eventually going to lead to a life that could be replicated by anybody else who was growing up at that time. Chris needed to be extraordinary for once. Instead of being a duplicate of someone else, Chris took it upon himself to go into the wild and become unique, something that GenMe is incapable of doing. Not only does GenMe lack the traits of exploration and being in touch with nature, but GenMe is also un-unique. Everything that we are told to do, we follow. “Students (people) look and act like what the [self-esteem] theories say they should look
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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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