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Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

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Transcript of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild
This quote shows how he strongly believed adventure was a part of the person and how it represented a person's spirit. Chris had a strong passion for adventure, enough to make him leave his family and successful life to go into the wild and live as a true transcendentalist. Personally, this quote is a bit extreme for me. I am not very adventurous, I like to try new things, but I don't have enough motivation to pack my bags and move into the forest. I agree that a person's passion for adventure is a part of a man's living spirit, but I don't agree that it is the basic core. Many things make up a man's living spirit, and his passion for adventure is just a part of the big picture.
"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." ~ Christopher McCandless
Chris believed that changing environments were a key part of life. He liked having to change his environment, the status quo wasn't Chris. He found joy in changes, it brought happiness. Just like a transcendentalist, nature is the textbook and you are connected to nature. I agree that it is a joy to have new experiences, but there can also be many other joys. Seeing a different horizon everyday and having new experiences aren't the only things that bring joy. I think it depends on the person, and whether or not they like adventure and what they are seeking to accomplish in their life.
“You are wrong if you think joy emanates only...from human relationships. God has placed it all around us...and all you have to do is reach for it.” ~ Jon Krakauer
Human relationships and worldly possessions aren't the only things that can bring joy, anything can bring joy as long as we are looking for it. If we want to find joy in any situation, we just have to look for it. I completely agree with this quote, even in the worst situation there must be some sort of happiness, and it is up to the person whether they want to focus on the bad things or the good things. This quote can also be talking about how nature should be able to provide joy and happiness as well, even without human relationships. Just like when Krakauer and Chris went into the wild to find the joy of being one with nature.
This was a quote that Chris rewrote in his book, this quote contradicts many of the actions and decisions Chris had made. He left his family to be alone, but he believes that happiness is only real when shared. I agree with this quote, many times everything is funnier when shared with others. You feel the happiness of sharing joy and the happiness of being with others.
By Serin Joice
What are the connections between this book and transcendentalism?
Transcendentalism has three principles, nature is your textbook, we are connected to nature and if so, you are a non-conformist. Throughout this novel, these three principles are represented. Chris McCandless abandoned his own life to go into the wild, he thought nature was very important and should be protected, he also relied completely on himself to provide everything he needed. Lastly, Chris didn't conform to any of societies principles. He left his promising career to adventure into the wild. The whole book in general discusses how Jon and Chris broke away from society's principles and expectations to live in nature.
What is "the wild"? Is it the same as wilderness?
Why did Christopher McCandless reject his parents' lifestyle?
Chris' Motivations
Chris' Mentors
"The very basic core to a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure." ~ Chris McCandless
"Happiness only real when shared" ~ Christopher McCandless
My Motivations
My Mentors
The wild can be anything the person wants it to be. It depends on the person and what type of 'wild' they are looking for. The universal thought of 'the wild' would be living in wilderness, but the wild can be walking to the edge of a mountain, rock climbing, or even going to another country. In Chris' case, his wild involved walking into the wilderness and living on bare necessities. For Jon Krakauer, the wild could have involved climbing up The Thumb, and for Ron Franz, the wild involved living at an abandoned campsite. 'The wild' can be anything the person seeks, but the actual wilderness is universal.
As I've grown up, many things have motivated me to make the choices I have. They include my faith, my parents, my siblings, and the environment around me. My family has always motivated me, my parents have been great role models for me to follow and they always support any decision I make. My main goal in life is to be the best person I can and achieve as much as I am capable of. I ho
From the time I was young, my biggest mentor has been my grandma. I've always seen her as the nicest person I'll ever know, she always inspired me to be on my best behavior. She was always gentle, tried her best not to argue with others, and tried her best to be a person everyone enjoyed to be around. I hope that I can also be a person that shines their light on the people around them!
I think two of Chris' main motivations were his passion for adventure and his need to leave from society and his parents. His need for adventure motivated his whole journey, he seemed to want the challenge of being one with nature and the fulfillment that comes along with accomplishing this task. He knew that all he needed was to be away from his parents and try to escape from the many complications of society. He had intense anger towards his parents and the decisions they had made, this fueled the motivation he had throughout the journey.
Chris was a transcendentalist, and one of the most commonly known transcendentalists is Henry David Thoreau. Chris seemed to follow many of Thoreau's principles, like escaping from society and living on only necessities. Chris also mentioned reading books by Thoreau, many of Chris' actions were influenced by Thoreau's principles. Chris also liked to read Tolstoy books, he liked that Tolstoy left a life of wealth to go into the wild, very similar to what Chris did. They both had an indescribable energy that couldn't be expressed in the midst of society.
Chris' parents' had a very conformist lifestyle, they weren't very different from the rest of society. Chris believed that after he had found out about the second relationship his father was having, that his whole life had been a lie. He was being lied to the whole time and he began to form a wall between his parents and his own life. Chris wasn't a conformist, which caused it to be even harder for Chris to fit in and accept his parents. He "got stuck on something between him and his dad and couldn't let it be" (64).
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