Into The Wild By Jon Krakauer

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In Jon Krakauer’s book “Into the Wild”, Krakauer describes the travels of Chris McCandless, a young man, who travels alone into the Alaskan wilderness. Krakauer details Chris’s painful demise from starvation was at the age of 24 in an abandoned bus deep in Alaska. According to Krakauer, Chris McCandless left for Alaska because he was seeking refuge from his betrayal by his father. Chris was searching for truth; something he could believe in after he had found out his dad led a double life; one with Chris and his mother and another with another woman and another son. It seems McCandless was looking to test himself; to prove he could survive in the wild without society, but mostly without his father’s help. Chris was searching for something, Independence. During Chris journey to Alaska, he found what he was looking for an escape but also found his identity. During his final days in the bus, Chris’s mindset changed; he determined he needed people. Some say Chris was foolish but he was a smart kid in unfortunate circumstances.

He was normal in High School. Very involved with people on cross-country team. Chris was a captain on the team and a very intense captain. The guys on the team really loved chris and how exciting his runs were. Chris would purposefully try and get the running team lost and have to run back to somewhere familiar to find there way back home.

Chris wanted to seek refuge from his home because of what he found out about his father. After Chris’s sophomore year of college at Emory University, during the summer he went on his usual cross-country wanderings. He went to California to visit the El Segundo neighborhood where he'd spent the first six years of his life. He called a lot of old family friends who still lived there. Chris must have suspected something because Chris questioned a lot about his father. Chris churned over the answers his friends gave him, and found out that his father was still married to another woman after Chris was born. The majority of Chris’s childhood his father was still married to another woman until Chris was 8 years old in 1976 and Walt finalized the divorce and moved with Chris, Billie, and Carine to Virginia. Chris told his sister Carine that he found out they were born “bastard child”. Chris also told her that his "entire childhood seem like a fiction." Clearly what Chris found out about his father did a number on his mental health. Carine tells us how chris deals with his problems, "Chris was the sort of person who brooded about things, if something bothered him, he wouldn't come right out and say it. He'd keep it to himself, harboring his resentment, letting the bad feelings build and build." Chris did exactly that, his bad feelings...

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