Into the Wild

Based on the quote provided in the details, explain Callarmans argument and discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with his analysis. Support with examples from the novel.

Into the wild callarmans quote:"I think that Chris McCandless was bright and ignorant at the same time. He had no common sense, and he had no business going into Alaska with his romantic silliness. He made a lot of mistakes based on arrogance. I don't admire him at all for his courage nor his noble ideas. Really, I think he was just plain crazy."

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I don't think Chris was crazy rather than extremely naive. I don't think that, as the quote suggests, Chris McCandless can be defined so easily. Yes, he was ignorant to the realities of the Alaskan wilderness. He also romanticized authors like Thoreau and Emerson. What captures readers about Chris is that Chris, naive as he was, actually followed his calling. His anti-establishment counterculture approach to life is rather appealing in a world saturated with materialism. In many ways Chris needed some more personal maturity but this is the case for many people in their young 20's. Chris's spirit of adventure and uncompromising ethos is what still draws people to his story.