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Jon Krakauers book Into the Wild described Chris McCandless as an energetic young man fascinated with the concept of independence He hunted out the extreme challenges of life the excitement of adventure and even liked danger His journey away from society was to discover his independence However his major definition of independence excluded help advice and the necessary supplies and information to survive He escaped the boundaries of his family and the pain of dishonesty He evaded the impending threat of human intimacy of friendship and all the emotional baggage that came with it Krakauer 55 To protect his disturbed soul from any additional pain and suffering he developed an exaggerated sense of his independence Chris actions leading up to his death reflect a state of mentally unsalable and an illogical mindsetChris inner battles were so obvious He wanted to live in peace and get away from the disturbing environment And he believed that peace is found out in nature since nature is free of the corrupted civilization But Chris learned much later that both nature and civilization although having different personalities offer valuable lessons Extreme involvement in either is a dangerous game But both also offer gifts for human experience To travel all over the United States and to assert his independence Chris McCandless threw away immersed himself in the values he thought were worthwhile and pursued the ideals that he felt were important He alienated his family invented a new name and created a new life as Alexander Supertramp His initial plan to run away seemed quite reasonable and was in fact effective He traveled all over the United States working in Burger King partying with hippies and hitchhiking his way along and interact with many people who were very impressed with him He touched many hearts As he planned he effectively got everywhere he wanted to go on almost nothing This was where his problem laid In getting to his final
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