July 21, 2010
Into The Wild
Our society today is mainly based on knowledge of our surroundings. When traveling to places you are not familiar with can be difficult, and can sometime even be dangerous. Our society has also been very materialistic and usually end up focusing more on ourselves rather than others. Christopher McCandless, wanted to get away from today’s ways and he “no longer wanted to be poisoned by civilization” (Krakauer, 163) or be “unencumbered, emancipated from the stifling world of his parents and peers, a world of abstracting and security and material excess, a world in which he felt grievously cut off from the raw throb of existence.” (Krakauer, 22) We may never fully understand why someone would choose to leave everything, and go off into the unknown. Possible it was so he could find himself. Maybe the only way he could really know who he was, was to remove him self from all that he has known and give himself to the hands of nature. Everyone is tied to nature in one way or another, however sometimes the connection is so strong that they get lost in it. For example, Chris’ leaving into the wild becomes something in nature that is exaggerated or to strong. In doing this he and the others in this world who do this hope that eventually will discover themselves. When you get lost in the wilderness you can get lost in yourself. Many people who feel like they are tied down, want to run off and get lost “into the wild.” However this tends to be seen in the younger people of the world such as Chris. They see the outside world as freedom and an escape form the stress of the everyday world. Once people remove themselves from there surroundings, even if just for a little while, they can find out who they really are. Some people discover that the life they have isn’t actually that bad, yet there are some who find out what they really want out of life.
The author of the novel can sympathize...