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Chris McCandless journal entry
Transcript of Chris McCandless journal entry
"Driving west of Atlanta, he inteended to invent as utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience." (Krakueer 22)
Im on my way-Phil Collins
This song goes with this quote because in the Lyrics "new friends and new places to see" proves that Chris is a born thrill seeker that craves new adventure. In the book Chris is constantly going place to place while meeting new people along the way.
"The trip was to be an odyssey in the fullest sense of the world, an epic journey that changed everything." (Krakauer 22)
This video ties in perfectly with this quote, because Chris really admires and appreciates the beauty of Earth. These are just some glimpses of what Chris might have seen while on his epic journey to Alaska. I feel like Chris would come across one the these places and just sit and admire it for days as if there was nothing else that mattered.
"To symbolize the complete severance from his previous life, he devolped a new name. No longer would he answers to Chris McCandless; he was now Alexander Supertramp,master of his own destiny." (Krakauer 23)
This news article fits perfectly with this quote because its all about how someone goes about changing their identity. If Chris had accsess to technology this could have been something he might have researched when deciding to change his identity from Chris Mccandless to Alexander Supertramp. I belive technology would have helped Chris out drasticly.
“How I feed is none of the governments business. F--- their stupid rules.” (Krakauer 6)
This comic goes along well with this quote because in the comic he says "This is the C.I.A. congressman, we dont have freedom fries, we have dictatortots." This goes along perfectly with the emotions Chris felt toward the government. Chris saw society as a prison, where all he could do was follow the rules given to him by his authorities. He wanted to break free of that.
"S.O.S. I need your help. I am injured, near death, and too weak to hike out of here. I am all alone, this is no joke. In the name of God, please remain to save me. I am out collecting berries and shall return this evening. Thank you, Chris McCandless." (Krakauer 12)
Wild edible plants in Alaska
The quote goes along well with these numerous pictures of ediple wild plants found in Alaska. If Chris had made a page in his journal that highlighted all the plants/berries that were safe to eat, he probably could have avodided eating a posiouous one. Which would eventualy be his answer to death foreshadowed in the above quote.
Most amazing places on earth
"The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences." (Krakauer 57).
Chris' primary issue was that he was unhappy with the lies of his current life. He then sought after his own happiness by traveling, meeting new people, doing new things, and enjoying the vast world. He finds great pleasure in doing foreign activities with people who he has never met before. For Chris, change is a good thing and anopeing into his new life.
"...many people concluded that the boy must have been mentally disturbed." (Krakauer 70).
"The thing about smart people is that they seem crazy to dumb people." -Einstein
Society's first impression after hearing about McCandless, was that he was stupid and insane. They didn't recognize the deep meaning behind his journey or understand why he did the things he did. They knew nothing about his past or beliefs and simply thought he was an idiot because his priority wasn't to follow the cultural norms to get a job and make money. Chris is actually the smart one because hes not following the status qua that society wants him to.
"You don't need to worry about me. I have a college education. I'm not destitute. I'm living like this by choice." (Krakauer 51).
Chris is living his adventurous lifestyle because ultimately its his choice. He is living the way he wants to regardless of what his educational background is or what society thinks is right.This song goes with the quote because it says "will it be hell or heaven on earth?" To Chris he is living in what is his heaven. A place entirely surrounded by mother nature and the quiet air she breaths. He is choosing to live there by choice and causing no harm doing so. He is ultimatly living in what he believes is heaven on earth.
"And you must do this economy style, no motels, do your own cooking, as a general rule spend as little as possible and you will enjoy it much more immensely." (Krakauer 59).
"These are the type of people that understand. We are given everything and anything we NEED right off the bat. The Earth and mother nature supplies us with anything that we would need. It's so wonderful to see how his life has changed for the better, all because he decided to make a drastic change and live the way God intended us to. I admire this man for joining me and doing what most people would consider insane."
Chris is one of the few people who believe in the saying, "the best things in life are free". He enjoys his life much more when he does everything independently and doesn't have to rely on anyone else. He even tries to persuade others to at least try out his life style. It's something that you can only understand if you have actually experienced it. The struggle and unknown is what makes it so much fun for Chris
"This is the last communication you shall receive from me. I now walk out to live amongst the wild."
Chris made many sacrifices in his life to fulfill his need for change and a new lifestyle. He left his family and friends with nothing, even letting them know that they would never see or hear from him ever again. Chris loved and appreciated the wild so much that he wanted to surround himself and live with it. That is why Chris would've appreciated the Alaskan beauty shown in the picture.
Chapter 16,18, Epilogue
"He is smiling in the picture, and there is no mistaking the look in his eyes: Chris McCandless was at peace, serene as a monk gone to God." (Krakauer 199).
Chris has been waiting all of his life to be where he is now. He is finally at peace with himself doing what he has wanted to his entire life. Now he no longer worrys about a thing and knows everything is gonna be alright. He has suffered through the task of satisfying his parents, holding in his true desires. For once in his life, he is truly happy.
"Chris would never, ever, intentionally burn down a forest, not even to save his life." (Krakauer 198)
"It really troubles me when people don't care about the Earth and its inhabitants. We all need to be more educated about taking care of our home.It is the only place we have that will stay here for many generations as long as we properly take care of it. It is where all humans thrive and is the source of all of our resources that are essential to life. Please respect the animals, their home, and everything around it."
Chris cares about nature and even finds often difficultly hard to kill animals for him to eat. He sees the beauty in everything and feels guilty every time he even slightly harms nature. He understands the importance taking care of God's beautiful Earth even if it depends on his life. He would rather die than harm nature or its animals.
"McCandless starred and bracketed the paragraph and circled 'refugee in nature' in black ink." (Krakauer 189).
A refugee is one who flees, and Chris is doing just that. He's fleeing his past life, into the arms of nature. He circled "refugee in nature" because it makes him good to know that some people do understand why he's doing this. He is going to be sheltered and taken care of by nature and try and make new connections in his life. The image represents Chris very accurately. A lone man venturing into the wild with nothing but what he can carry. Truly courageous.
"Maybe he was prepared to forgive their imperfections; maybe he was even prepared to forgive some of his ow. McCandless seemed ready, perhaps, to go home." (Krakauer 168).
Chris went on the journey because of how angry he was at his parents for making his childhood hell. Maybe the solitude changed him and was ready to forgive them. Perhaps that's exactly what Chris needed, some alone time. I think Thoreau's quote demonstrates what happened to Chris over his journey. He simply changed, calmed down and envisioned some new outlooks. It's sad that he died and never got to forgive his parents when he had succeeded in his adventure to change his perspective.
"I now wish i had never shot the moose! One of the greatest tragedies of my life." (Krakauer 166).
The book describes Chris as being ambivalent when it comes to killing animals. However he understands that in order to survive, he will have to kill them to eat. Chris immediately regretted killing the moose after seeing it go to waste when he couldn't get the meat to cook. Chris sees that the moose, and other animals, have feelings and a family just like himself. He sees their beauty and importance to the Earth. It's hard for him to see such a large, magnificent creature die in vain.
Heaven or hell on earth- Lynard Skynard
Every little thing is gonna be alright