English 100 Delta
24 November 2018
The Wild Influences
Every day people go through the day with learning at least one thing. Go into the world and people with meet with each other. This interaction helps each other by either giving advice or just portraying their ideas. They influence each other and help each other to surpass themselves to become a better person. Everyone lives a different life, and he or she have all made different choices. Each choice leads to either an ending or a new beginning. In the book, Into the Wild, Job Krakauer wrote about a guy named Christopher McCandless and his days before he died. There are many ideas from Henry David Thoreau short essays that have influenced McCandless daily life such as: “Civil Disobedience,” “Walking,” and “Life Without Principles.” Thoreau’s short essay has many connections to Christopher McCandless life such as the concept of being free, living a non-materialistic life, resistance to the government, and being one with nature. Just like everyone else, McCandless has gone through some substantial ideological and philosophical changes inspired by Thoreau that effected McCandless ways of living and choices that he made.
The first and foremost idea that influenced McCandless by Thoreau was the idea of being able to leave everyone and everything behind to go out into the wild. Thoreau stated that, “If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again,—if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settle all your affairs and you are a free man [or women], then you are ready for a walk” (Thoreau, “Walking” 50)”. From this idea, McCandless carried it out flawlessly. He burned all his cash and donated all his money to charity. Then McCandless chose to donate his money and leave his previous life behind. The money that he donated to “OXFAM America” was the money that his parents thought he would use for law school (Krakauer 20). The idea is very contrasting because Chris hates the government, so there was no reason for him to attend law school. He left his family and did not say a word. He walked into the wild and was ready to saunter. Chris’s idea of freedom is to be away from authority and away from people’s rules. He grew up doing what his parents want and did not get the freedom that he wanted. As Krakauer stated, “ Driving west out of the Atlanta, he intended to invent an utterly new life for himself, one in which he would be free to wallow in unfiltered experience. To symbolize the complete severance from his previous life, he even adopted a new name (Krakauer 23).” The name that he changed to was “Alexander Supertramp (Krakauer 23).” This is one of the philosophical ideas that influence McCandless to leave his family and go into the wild. This choice led him to his adventures throughout his trip to encounter many people and worked many jobs to reach his final destination,...