Chris Mccandless: A Hero Of Into The Wild
Is doing your dream and doing what you love, is that really throwing away your life? Chris McCandless had the courage to take action to fulfill his dream and noble ideas. Most people just do what society wants us to do but chris did what he wanted to do and that for me shows courage. Into the Wild is based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Chris McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Chris meets people who shape his life and is also trying to get away from his family. Chris McCandless is a caring, stubborn, and intelligent. Chris is the type of person who acts decisively but without thinking through his consequences. Chris McCandless wasn’t a follower he did what he felt passionate about and going to the wild was his way of finding his happiness.
It’s cool that he went out and explored the world and didn’t get caught up in society’s expectations. Many people waste away their lives being what society wants them to do something like a career, not really ever being free from it. Chris was just someone who did what we all should do, follow your heart. He set out on an adventure to enjoy and learn of what little time he had on this earth. This doesn’t make him a hero, but it does make him pure and true. Chris McCandless states “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
Chris adventures shows the true meaning of life and self discovery. Chris went out lived his dream, without letting anything or anyone holding him back. Chris did not necessarily tried to be a rule breaker he just didn’t care about other people’s expectations. He was tired of doing what everyone expected of him, he just wanted to do his own thing. For example, when he was working in Mcdonalds even though there was a huge line he would still work in the same speed. Lori Zarza, the second assistant manager states “ He could do his job- he cooked in the back-but he always worked at the same slow pace, even during the lunch rush, no matter how much you’d get on him”(Krakauer 40). Chris did not care what other people thought of him and he did not want to live the way society taught him to. By rejecting money, cars, maps, and other things that could have kept him alive, he proved himself to be an independent and adventurous.
Chris met many people along his journey, but touched even more with his stories and his kind heart. Wherever he went he would make good friends with the locals, and when he left he was sure to get their mailing address and write to them whenever he found the time. He inspired and gave them hope in a way. Also, Chris donated his life savings of $24,000 to the charity Oxfam International, a charity that helps to reduce world wide poverty, suffering and injustice.Chris tried to share his happiness to people and that was his way of showing his love he states “Happiness is only real when shared”.It was always him and his sister, he always wanted to protect her at all causes and not see her suffer or see the hatred that their father had. Chris was her hero.’It was Chris. He was my protector,’ she said. ‘He was always strong. He succeeded at everything he tried (Carine told ABC News)’. He was kind and compassionate and that’s probably why so many people admired him and his journey.
In conclusion, the reason why people always tend to go back and read In the Wild is because they can’t help feeling inspired to at least make small changes in life, appreciate the natural surroundings, and embrace the things around them. That’s why so many people still go back to the bus because they feel inspired to his story and beliefs. Chris proved himself in the months he lived in Alaska wilderness, although he starved to death, he died a hero. Chris accomplished something that only few others have this makes him a hero.
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