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In April of 1992 a young man named Chris McCandless from a prosperous and loving family hitchhiked across the country to Alaska He gave 25000 of his savings to charity left his car and nearly all of his possessions He burned all the cash he had in his wallet and created a new life Four months later his body was found in an abandoned bus Jon Krakauer constructed a journalistic account of McCandlesss story Bordering on obsession Krakauer looks for the clues to the mystery that is Chris McCandless What he finds is the intense pull of the wilderness on our imagination the appeal of high-risk activities to young men When McCandlesss mistakes turn out to be fatal he is dismissed for his naivet He was said by some to have a death wish but wanting to die and wanting to see what one is capable of are too very different things I began to ask myself if Chris really wasnt as crazy as some people thought Then I realized it was quite possible that the reason people thought he was crazy was because he had died trying to fulfill his dream If he had walked away from his adventure like Krakauer people would have praised him rather than ridicule So I asked the question How does Krakauers life parallel Chris McCandlesses Chris and Jons life have many parallels and contrasts at the same time Both gave up most of their possessions to go after a dream they had Ones dream was to live off the land in the remote regions of Alaska the other too climb the Devils Thumb a mountain peak that had never been scaled by man Each man was aware of the risks but were they equally prepared when each began their own adventure I feel that Chris McCandless was at a disadvantage when he first started off Raised by a wealthy family and just graduating from Emory University I feel
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