INTO THE WILD ESSAY

INTO THE WILD ESSAY - Professor Shary Freshman Composition...

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Professor Shary Freshman Composition 1 9/19/07 Into the Wild Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild is a story about Chris McCandless who walks away from his privileged life in search of independence and a meaning in his life. Chris donates all the money in his savings, burns the cash in his wallet, leaves his car and most of his possessions behind and made up a new identity for himself. He rebels against his parents and his upper class status in society. Krakauer says, “It is hardly unusual for a young man to be drawn to a pursuit considered reckless by his elders; engaging in risky behavior is a rite of passage in our culture no less than in most others” (182). Rebellion is a common social norm evident all over the world. Chris McCandless takes his rebellion against his parents and upbringing to the highest level, which ultimately leads to his tragic death. Chris McCandless was born into an upper class family and graduated from college with honors. Instead of pursuing one of the many options that was most logically the next step in his life, Chris chose to turn his back on a potentially easy and happy life. Krakauer says, “But the meaning he wrested from existence lay beyond the comfortable
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