Into the Wild

What is the relationship between nature and the American identity?

I'm trying to find a quote throughout the book that in some way relates to the question and I'm having a really hard time trying to find one. Any quote would work, just a quote that I can connect to the question.

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You can use all or part of this quote. It speaks to the American idea of rugged individualism through nature.

Two years he walks the earth, no phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, ‘cause “the West is the best.” And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure, the climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the great white North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild. Into the Wild, 163