Into the Wild

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

In Chapter 6, McCandless writes to Ron Franz, telling him,

“You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.” (57-58)

Does McCandless offer any evidence for these assertions about life? Are his life and his journey an argument for or against this position? Is Ron Franz convinced? Are you?

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For Chris, human relationships have taken a back seat to his desire to live in isolation and immerse himself in nature. At this point in the novel, we are looking at Chris' relationship with Franz before his time in the wilderness...... Chris writes this letter before he reaches Alaska. Sometimes people need to isolate themselves, and there are many people who feel the need to be on their own for awhile without any ties to others. Franz takes Chris' advice, but Chris' death changes everything.

I wouldn't say that Chris' journey is an argument for or against his outlook on life. Chris' journey and death are something we can learn from. His mistakes stand out like beacons, his death was unnecessary......


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