Was Chris McCandless a Hero or a Fool
Have you ever regretted any of the decisions you have ever made? Chris was a smart and athletic person. He had parents who he wasn’t in a great relationship with. After he graduated from high school, he wanted to live on his own and have nothing handed to him. He wanted to find out who he really was.
Chris McCandless; main character of Jon Krakauer’s book Into The Wild, is a fool because he was smart, and athletic, and his parents wanted to give him a lot of things which included money, and he even got into Harvard. He did not want any of these things. Not many of people would pass all of that up to go live off in the wild of Alaska. Even though Chris was book smart he wasn’t very street smart. “His rifle was only. 22 caliber, a bore too small to rely on if he expected to kill large animals like moose or caribou, which he would have to eat if he hoped to remain very long in the country.”
Chris Mc Candless is a fool because he turned down a lot of things that a lot of us wouldn’t turn down.“…as Chris’s high school graduation approached, the owner of the construction company phoned Walt and offered to pay Chris’s college education…” (p. 116)
Chris Mc Candless was a fool because he chose to do more dangerous things in life that were frowned upon by society. “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 right of passage in our culture no less than in most others. Danger has always held a certain allure. That, in large part, away so many teenagers drive too fast and drink too much and take too may drugs, way it has always been so easy for nations to recruit young man to go to war. It can be argued that youthful derring-do is in fact evolutionarily adaptive, a behavior encoded in our genes. Mc Candless, in his fashion, merely took risk-taking to its logical extreme.”(p. 182)
Some people may say that Chris Mc Candless was heroic because he survived many days only relying on himself and the tools he had. “As he trudged expectantly down the trail in a fake-fur parka, his rifle slung over one shoulder, the only food Mc Candless carried was a ten pound bagof long grained rice—and the two sandwiches and bag of chips that Galien had contributed.”
Chris was a fool because he is book smart and not very street smart. “His rifle was only a. 22 caliber, a bore too small to rely if he expected to kill large animals like moose or caribou, which he would only have to eat if he hoped to remain very long in the country.”
Chris passed up things that most of us wouldn’t have. Therefore, I think he was a bit foolish. Chris wasn’t totally prepared with the tools that he needed to survive in the wild. I want the readers to realize that Chris is not a hero because of his accomplishments. He was stupid and foolish.
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