Christopher McCandless was an avid reader in college and based much of his philosophical beliefs on what he read. Please research which two authors have the most profound effect on him and discuss the similarities and differences between their lives and works.
Utilizing both the novel and various other supports, research the grip the wilderness has on the American imagination. “Alaska has long been a magnet for dreamers and misfits, people who think the unsullied enormity of the last frontier will patch all of the holes in their lives” (4). What are the holes people are trying to fill? Why do we believe the frontier will save us? What appeal does the “wild” still have on modern ...view middle of the document...
The wilderness offers no shortage of ways to die.
Even as McCandless is on his way to the Alaskan wilderness, Jim Gallien, the union electrician who give him a ride at the beginning of the novel, warns the young man against the perils of the wild: bear attacks, starvation and harsh weather condition.
Research wilderness survival strategies and/or hunting and smoking techniques that would serve to protect a person living “off the land” in the wild.
“To the desert go prophets and hermits; through deserts go pilgrims and exiles. Here the leaders of the great religions have sought therapeutic and spiritual values of retreat, not to escape but to find reality.” - Paul Shepard
Research and discuss the connection between the spiritual and philosophical journey one can take when embarking on a physical journey. Report on examples of spiritual and philosophical leaders who have embarked on such a journey.
This tragic story was told by Jon Krakauer in the January 1993 issue of Outside and later in his bestselling 1997 book, Into the Wild. The book, and a 2007 film directed by Sean Penn, helped elevate the McCandless saga to the status of modern myth. And that, in turn, has given rise to a unique...