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Chris Mccandless Analytical Essay

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Nature’s Role in Chris McCandless’ Life
Nature’s role in the book “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer plays a significant part in Chris McCandless’ life. My argument or topic sentence would be that “Nature gives freedom, and man’s ultimate joy can only be found in man’s communion or relationship with nature”.
“...there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun” ( p. 79).
“You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life” ( Chapter 6, ...view middle of the document...

79). Before McCandless leaves for Alaska, Wayne Westerberg offers to buy him a plane ticket, but McCandless refuses, however, claiming that “flying would be cheating. It would wreck the whole trip”(Chapter 7, p. 67). This shows how prepared McCandless was to start his journey, and he wanted to make sure that he doesn’t miss out on anything nature was willing to offer him during his journey.When Chris McCandless was writing to Ron (Father figure) he reveals the other side of Ron,“You think I’m stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life”(Chapter 6, p. 57). Chris expresses that Ron is not living his life to satisfiable position, but rather wasting it by staying indoors all the time,saying that he is ‘stubborn’ and needs to go out and enjoy the wonders of nature, and the beauty of the world. Chris McCandless writes in his journal about his trip to the Gulf of Mexico, where he states that some canal officers helped him figure out where he’s heading to “...they present to Alex a route which apparently will take him to the ocean. He is overjoyed and hope bursts back into his heart” (Chapter 4,p. 34), This shows how happy McCandless is to finally reach the ‘Gulf of Mexico’ and by that he shows his appreciation to the canal officers who led him to the ‘Gulf of Mexico’ by making this comment ‘...Alex finds Mexicans to be warm, friendly people. Much more hospitable than Americans…’(Chapter 4, p. 35). The Canal officers were Mexicans and hardly knew how to speak English, so, he was quite shocked at how they did not get irritated by his questions, but listened and offered a helping hand. When Chris McCandless...

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