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Courage is something that is extremely hard to define because it is very different in every person It can be demonstrated in a number of ways A person could jump into an icy lake to save a child or they could stand up for what they believe in like MLK did It is for these reasons that courage is very hard define The dictionary defines it as mental or moral strength to venture persevere and withstand danger fear or difficulty By this definition it is obvious that one does not have to fight to be considered courageous In the book Into the Wild McCandless did show courage by doing what he believed in In the next few paragraphs of this paper McCandless and how he was courageous will be discussed to a point of absurdity McCandless started off as a normal life and actually was heading toward quite a good life graduating Emory College with honors One day he donated as his life savings of 25000 to charity and loaded his inadequate possessions into his used Datsun and disappeared into the fringes of North America without a good-bye to any of his friends or family He was a spirited reader of London Tolstoy and Thoreau as well as other philosophers and nature writers He particularly enjoyed Tolstoy adopting his principles of severity living a life of desolation and poverty He abandoned his name and former life introducing himself as Alexander Supertramp to the people he met during the two years before his death His adverntures are fragmented together from letters and interviews with the people McCandless encountered along with the occasional journal entry by McCandles most likely knew that he may not survive his adventure and to him it was probably what he believed in It was because of his high education that he decided to partake in such an adventure For the reasons that he was so into his readings he wanted to
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