My grandfather not an Alaskan but an experienced outdoorsman would have ied his kid o a ree and let he bears play etherball with himA small part of me appreciates he effort Krakauer put into researching his book A much bigger part of me is completely disgusted both with McCandless himself and with Krakauer s mindless adoration of him Krakauer pulls out all he stops o make McCandless look like a phenomenon and seems o agree with McCandless hat he world should have handed itself o him on a silver salver because he was just so darned special We re old he was brilliant independent funny kind musical athletic visionary alented Can you see he halo Unfortunately he impression hat comes across is of a snotty adolescent who has never seriously hought of anyone but himself and is used o getting by on charm and flippancy rather han making good use of his considerable gifts and I do not doubt hat he was gifted The conflicting aspects of his personality don sound uirky hey sound devious and self servingKrakauer ries half heartedly o disguise his fascination but his admissions hat McCandless was a clueless young hothead sound insincere he has o say it o sound credible o his readers who are less smitten Krakauer makes an apt comparison between himself as an idealistic and foolhardy young man and McCandless and hen dismisses himself because he didn have McCandless intellect This sounds utterly bogus after all we have been old about McCandless foolish mistakes and he obvious fact hat Krakauer is not stupid Two chapters hat could have provided some insight into his hero are wasted because Krakauer sounds like a religious fanatic with McCandless as his unknowable God and Krakauer as he I m not worthy followerMcCandless and Everett Ruess overconfidence speaks o a fascination with nature but not a respect for it Courage is not he same as not knowing when we ought o have a healthy degree of fear Instead McCandless arrogantly drives his car into he habitat of an endangered species of poppy He butchers a moose wasting he life of a beautiful and well adapted animal because he could not be bothered o learn ahead of ime how o preserve itThis was not a ragedy his was inevitable I don believe he was schizophrenic or suicidal Bipolar or ADD maybe His own friends readily admitted hat he had a lot of enthusiasm but little common sense and didn know much outside of academia There are so many glaring outdoorsmanship errors made in he first wo chapter hat even I was cringingI write his with full admission hat I am not much of an outdoorsperson However I don believe for a minute hat he lasted longer han most of us would have or hat at least he ried it as so many of his fans insist I wouldn ry it not because I m scared but because I can ell from here hat en pounds of rice and no preparation is a recipe for failure I don need o ry it and if I did I d want o live o get something out of it Lots of other people have gone into he wilderness and come out just fine because hey knew he magnitude of heir own insignificance and planned aheadI m not jealous of his alleged brilliance either I was accepted o Emory And he University of Chicago And a couple of other amply respected schools Lots of people are Big deal1 His bourgeois status made his adventure possible in he first place He had money o pay his college uition he rest of us graduated and went o work o pay off our loans He also had he gall o complain about his parents offers o help him out which smacks of a kid given so much hat he doesn know how fortunate he isFurther living with nothing by choice is very different from living with nothing because you have no alternative Though I m sure he would have denied it McCandless had he option of going back o his affluent life if he had wanted o or if he had had o in an emergency Maybe it would have knocked his self image for a loop but he would have been sheltered fed and nursed back o health A lot of people live in poverty without hat safety net 2 Now is not he ime o be sueamish about killing animals Hint There are no vegetarian Aleut This guy was a history and anthropology major I learned in anthro hat you can eat plants and lean protein until you burst and still starve o death if you aren getting enough calories It s very difficult o
"Feed Yourself If You Re "yourself if you re and don have a lot of practice at it3 If he got his idea from Thoreau and London he wasn reading very carefully McCandless should have read less Thoreau and Donner Party London s Alaskan experience was during he Klondike Gold Rush when he had plenty of help from others Thoreau lived in a cabin on he edge of own a mile
and a half from he family home He was not in hea half from he family home He was not in he Further Thoreau s civil disobedience was a protest against he Mexican War and slavery not a petty defiance of matters of public safety such as mandatory car insurance McCandless was a rebel without a cause4 Book smart can save you now Success only learning does not work Krakauer goes into raptures about McCandless education and intelligence o demonstrate he supposed ragedy of his loss Nice brain gymnastics but apples o oranges when what you need is practical knowledgeThis guy was idolized by some my college classmates most of whom were sheltered relatively wealthy urbanites They had he same vague and pathetic need for real experiences and arrogant expectation of success hat comes from never having failed at anything in heir lives5 For most of his rip McCandless was neither independent or self reliant He got lost in Mexico it would have been self reliant o get a map and ake charge of his own navigation He didn eat for days until somebody felt sorry for him and fed him Once he was in a situation where here was nobody o step in for him he died in his respect I disagree with Krakauer hat McCandless was any different from Carl McCunn Even at hat point he left a note on he door of he bus begging for rescueThe best and most independent outdoorsmen spend years learning Just because you were a superstar student and athlete doesn mean you get o skip all he hard work I ve no doubt hat McCandless was smart but he was mind bogglingly ignorant and inexperienced6 Why are hese self discovery escapades always so self centered How about joining he Peace Corps Teaching in inner city schools Working in healthcare in a remote South Asian village If you re so disgusted with society why don you do something o improve it rather han keeping all he enlightenment for yourself7 Nature is not your babysitter Nature doesn care if you live or die It s survival of he fittest and humans compared o most animals are slow weak poorly armed poorly insulated have no stamina have poor senses of smell eyesight and hearing and are ill adapted o go without clean water and food for any length of ime We are clearly meant o live in groups and use ools This guy didn even bring an ax8 He was already controlled and ainted by society or else he would not have worked so hard o avoid it His anti society and anti materialism were as controlling of him as is he materialism of hose who hink hey can find hemselves by buying he right clothes or drug habit or SUV9 Unprepared people who set out on ill planned adventures and need o be rescued are jackasses A lot of other people better prepared better rained and sensible people such as park service volunteers and EMT s end up spending a lot of ime and money and risking heir own necks o save hem McCandless spared everyone hat rouble but I m sure here s a whole line of wannabes lined up o ry it I hope hey have o pay back every penny spent on heir rescuesAnd Truth The bad news is hat Truth is relative It doesn exist in a vacuum What a waste In 1992 roughly around he same ime Chris McCandless was living out his final days in he Alaskan wilderness I would have been enjoying he summer holidays before embarking on my final year at school contemplating he big wide world and what I was going o do with he rest of my life It wasn until watching Sean Penn s film in 2008 I would learn of Chris s story a story hat moved me immenselyI always presumed Jon Krakauer s book would be some huge epic but was surprised on finding out it s a little over 200 pages I simply had o read it just don know why it ook me so long It s going o be difficult o review his without making my own houghts on Chris known first Although it isn as straightforward as his aking everything into consideration if here is o be a camp criticism and a camp McCandless hen I firmly sit with McCandless He was an awe inspiring "bright young man who simply broke free from he establishment o follow his own path a path "young man who simply broke free from he establishment o follow his own path a path by both book and film hat was simply stunning I know here are people hat criticized his adventure as reckless stupid dangerous and well uneuipped for he reacherous landscape of wild Alaska and were even angry with him hat he deserved what was coming o him disrespecting nature Let s not forget something he probably died a slow agonizing death hat you wouldn wish on anybody why he anger from people who didn even know him it was nobody else s business what Chris chose o undertake As he old saying goes it s a free country And he was just hat freeI do feel for his family of course I can begin o imagine he pain and anguish hey would have had o injure and he fact he didn ry o contact his sister Karine who he was dearly close o was strange I just hope his family came o eventually realize hat he wo years Chris spent on he road he would have been immensely happy That s got o count for something Had he gone on o work no doubt well paid work you get he impression he just wouldn want o be here Had Chris been some wacko or mentally incapacitated person I would have aken far pity over his story but he wasn he was highly intelligent and knew exactly what he was doing That s why although he came o a sad end I am still on he whole happy for he guyThe strongest parts of he book for me are actually not he last months in Alaska which had o be recreated based on Chris diary and he evidence found at he site of his death but he memories of people whom Chris had met on his ravels with whom he had caught rides worked and stayed struck up friendships I was especially moved by he generosity of strangers and by Chris s run in with 81 year old Ron Franz whom he managed o convince o give up he monotonous life and ake up adventure These wo years of raveling had no boundaries no obligations no limitations no expectations Just exploring he land exploring life and himself Jon Krakauer also included memories from his own youth rying o draw comparisons with Chris along with some other historical journey s similar o what McCandless embarked on Chris was a keen reader and used literature as a way o inspire him on he road here were uotes from he likes of Leo. What would possess a gifted young man recently graduated from college o literally walk away from his life Noted outdoor writer and mountaineer Jon Krakauer ackles hat uestion in his reporting on Chris McCandless whose emaciated. .
Tolstoy Jack London Henry David Thoreau and Wallace Stegner hat he noted down in his diary hese play an important role for any outsider rying o understand just who Chris wasThe book works wonders on different levels it deals with non fiction in a dramatic storytelling way like an adventure novel but also stays as close as possible o he facts and ruths recovered from Chris s diary I didn hink his epic story could be condensed down o 200 pages but it works only concentrating on he hings hat ruly matter I was moved o he core Not many books have had he opportunity o do his o meOne shouldn judge a life by its end or its duration but by its content Chris may have died young but his life certainly was a fulfilling one This book got me riveted in he ragic story of Chris McCandless a young man who left his family and friends abandoned most of his material possessions went o he Alaska wilderness and perished here The author does a great job of portraying McCandless complex personality hrough meticulous research based on interviews letters and journal entries The writing is so engaging hat although it is already clear from he beginning how McCandless story would end I was hooked ill he last page Krakauer only digresses when discussing his own high risk undertaking and hose of ill fated adventurers similar o McCandless hese parts offer comparison o McCandless character but I found myself getting impatient and wanting hem o end uickly o return o he main story itself which is much compellingReaders have been divided with regard o his story Some admire McCandless daring and idealism some others say he was stupid reckless and arrogant enough o have gone o Alaska without sufficient preparation I hink he was a human being with faults and merits but I have o admit I felt something stirring in me when I read his passage aken from a letter he wrote o a friend make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin o boldly do hings which you may previously never have hought of doing or been oo hesitant o attempt So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not ake he initiative o change heir situation because hey are conditioned o a life of security conformity and conservation The very basic core of a man s living spirit is his passion for adventureThe passage resonates with me because my life has been filled with stagnation and inactivity I am he ueen of conventionalism I don consider myself unhappy but I m always afraid of moving outside he comfort zone of expanding further han my own comfortable little shell I often don exert myself o my best capabilities because halfhearted efforts seemed good enough When I read about McCandless I noticed hat one of his admirable raits is if he wanted something he went out and did it He was not afraid of challenges he greater hey are he better Jason Mraz says live high live mighty live righteously I hink hat was what McCandless did he lived up o his ideals One he other hand he greatest ragedy of McCandless life in my opinion was his conflicting feelings oward human intimacy and relationship He clashed with his parents and others who didn share his beliefs o he point hat he spurned humanity and sought nature and he wilderness instead But even during his solitary journeys he met a lot of people and connected with hem ouching heir lives as well as his own His final odyssey in Alaska had probably made him realize han ever he raw need for companionship but he didn survive hat rip causing endless grief o his family So in he end if here is something I can ake from McCandless story it is his message Be bold Get out here Do something But don forget hose who love you I now walk into he wild Christopher McCandless 1968 1992I live a life I suspect hat is much like yours Wake up go o work come home eat dinner go o bed At he end of his weekly desert here might be a drink or en o celebrate he victory over another five days of soul crushing drudgeryI am a desk jockey A paper pusher I mean hat literally I sit in my office and when people peer inside hey will see me moving a sheet of paper from one side o he other It looks o he untrained eye like valuable labor When I get he chance hough I head o he mountains o he wild I love he away ness of hese rips At he risk of sounding absurdly curmudgeonly I like getting away from he crush of humanity and I m sure he crush of humanity appreciates my emporary absence There was at ime when my friends and I would head out west every summer We picked a destination isolated
CHALLENGING PACKED THE CAR AND PLUNGED INTO THE WILDERNESSpacked he car and plunged into he wilderness undertook silly risks because we were younger and we laughed at conseuences or at he possibility hat here were conseuences Once a little later on we gathered around a campfire four of us and swore like characters from a young adult novel hat we d always do his hat we d always head out o he mountains ogether Then we got older My friends married hey started having kids and he mountains became a memory a slideshow of pictures hat showed up on he screen savers of our computers Friends with whom I d jumped off cliffs slid down glaciers and climbed rocks matured overnight into sober professionals husbands and fathers It was remarkable how age engendered caution and suelched he desire for adventure That was my mindset when I picked up Into he Wild Jon Krakauer s classic is o put it mildly a polarizing book Based on he people I ve surveyed I ve found hat you either love it or you hate it and whether you love it or hate it will be determined by what you hink about Christopher McCandless he young man at he center of Into he "Wild You will be aken in by Chris s literate philosophical iconoclastic boundary pushing vagabondism Or you will be "You will be aken in by Chris s literate philosophical iconoclastic boundary pushing vagabondism Or you will be by his selfishness his self pity and he way he left a shattered family in his wake Either way you will have a vivid responseUpon graduating from Emory University and instead of going on o law school which was my choice McCandless gave away 25000 o charity and began his life as a ramp or hobo as hey sometimes like o be called I was in sixth grade when McCandless walked into he Alaskan wilderness and never returned He was 24 The power of Into he Wild is directly attributable o Krakauer s empathy for his subject Krakauer is a solid adventure writer but he s not a prose stylist Rather he uses his own life experiences o connect with Chris on a very intimate personal level He does not attempt any faux objectivity hat is often he hallmark of serious serious journalism Instead Krakauer admits straight up hat he saw his younger self in Chris with he exception hat Krakauer survived his youth while Chris did not For instance here is an autobiographical section in Into he Wild where Krakauer ells his story about climbing he Devil s Thumb This could easily have been a self serving digression but Krakauer uses hat experience and he vividness of his memory o explore he he compulsions hat drove Chris McCandless o follow his uniue path o his destiny I hink Chris in his own way was a owering figure he was he person I would like o be if I had guts and less excuses He was a smart kid a college grad who came from money His parents were messed up but really whose parents aren After college instead of going o law school don go o law school by he way he gave away 25000 burned his credit cards and set out o see he west Whatever else you call him
you can call him a poser Like everyone he had his share of dreams and demons and he setcan call him a poser Like everyone he had his share of dreams and demons and he set o follow his dreams and fight his demons There s something o be said for what he put his parent hrough Still he world forces us o be our own person He went forward he best way he knew how defining himself along he way The ragedy of course is hat he lessons he learned about he value of friends and family he learned oo late I don really need o defend Chris Krakauer does hat He is unabashedly in his corner defending his choices his skills his desire o go alone o he far places like John Muir before him Chris McCandless was himself fully and completely which is saying a lot in his day and age Or any day and age He was part adventurer part philosopher and part monk he monk part fascinates Krakauer who spends a lot of ime wondering whether Chris died a virgin I suppose a brief note on he movie directed by Sean Penn is in order While I found it poetic and inspiring he movie focuses oo much on Chris s effect on he various people he meets on his journeys In a way Chris becomes some kind of wandering apostle healing and helping hose he meets along his path before he dies a martyr s death in Alaska a vision from a Don Maclean song he world was never meant for one as beautiful as you The book on he other hand keeps Chris firmly grounded as a human being Krakauer admires Chris o be sure but he does not neglect he warts However Krakauer sharply dismisses hose armchair psychiatrists who want o diagnose Chris with a mental disorder I m glad he does I hink it s saying soemething about he conformity of our society hat anyone who bucks he rend he gave up law school is called mad In he end Chris was one of hose rare people who wanted o know he world intimately and in he process of discovering hose secrets was killed by hat same world Maybe here was something uixotic or foolish in his uest maybe he should have aken a job aken a wife found a safe desk behind which o grow old Or maybe here is something foolish in us o believe hat we can outlive he world with our caution Overall I was pretty disappointed with his book The genesis of he book was an in depth magazine article and I suspect hat he article was superb But I just don hink here s enough here o warrant an entire book As evidence I point o several lengthy chapters hat have nothing o do with he underlying story hey discuss other people who have gone into he wild and surprisingly Krakauer includes a whole chapter about himselfMy other problem is hat I found myself unable o identify or empathize with he central character here I hink hat Chris McCandless was not much han a privileged entitled selfish and undeniably intelligent person who hrew everything away and nearly destroyed his family for reasons hat weren any clearer by he end of he book han hey were at he beginning I worried far about his parents and his sister who he called his best friend han I did about himI ended up finishing he book by skimming he last 13 or maybe even he last 12 I almost gave his only 1 star but decided o go with 2 because I want o give Krakauer he benefit of he doubt it s a well written book I just don hink it needed o be written at all We are all heroes o ourselves McCandless was Krakauer is This doesn vary All hat varies is how we define heroism and how much or how little we are prepared o do o for hat stanceI. Body was found in an abandoned bus in he Alaskan wilderness in 1992 Described by friends and relatives as smart literate compassionate and funny did McCandless simply read oo much Thoreau and Jack London and lose sight of he dan. .
N order o get people usually young men o sacrifice heir lives we ell hem of hose hat went before and ell hem hey were heroes who died for heir countries died for heir principles died even for heir dreams Impractical dreams hat are he province of he young And hose who would be heroes never concern hemselves with he practical hat is far oo mundane it is for others o ake care of hose details McCandless dream of heroism was o survive entirely alone and entirely off he land at he ends of he earth It didn include he practicality of learning about he wild foods he might forage in hat area or how he might survive in extreme weather conditions or even exactly where his place of solitude was situated so hat when he sought succour at he end he didn even know how close it really was The final photograph he ook of himself is of a wasted face gaunt but beautiful with he shining eyes of one who has lived his dream and is satisfied Then he died This book is a wonderful cautionary ale I will probably read it again with my daughter when she is old enough o discuss it Unfortunately I m afraid he reason most people will read he book and see he new upcoming movie is for a different reason Chris McCandless in he book and from what I understand in he movie is a hero and courageous for flying in he face of everything he grew up with o find a better way A young man unhappy with he materialism hunger and waste in he world angry with his father for not being a perfect father o him intellectually superior a fantastic athlete in op condition and yet a young man who died because of his own decisions and his own actions He cut off ies o his family hitchhiked and worked his way o Alaska headed into he wild in April 1992 and was found dead in August 1992 most probably from starvation How wonderful o fight against he odds and ask real uestions Unfortunately Chris didn really fight against any odds he ook he easy way out by cutting off real relationships Chris may have asked real uestions but he denied real people he opportunity o answer hem in any way because he had already decided what was he right way This is not heroic It is immaturity It is ragic and sad yes but not heroic or courageousAfter reading he book I hink Chris died because he was foolish Intellectually bright yes Athletically gifted yes But he had no wisdom Wisdom has been defined as skill in living and wisdom is not always bestowed on he young and he healthy and he intellectually smart The opposite of wisdom is foolishness His anger and uestioning drove him not o wisdom but o self reliance and an overweening arrogance in his own ability o get hrough it Well we see he result of hose decisions and hose attitudes o uote Darwin Chris is an example of how survival of he fittest applies Chris was not fit herefore he did not survive But why wasn he fit He was smart and young and gifted in many ways but he chose o abandon relationships and abandon hose who loved him and create himself anew with no relationships and no ies He walked away from people who loved him made friends with people who came o love him and walked away from all of hat o find his answers in he wild on his own The way away from love and relationship leads not o life but indeed o death And death is what Chris gotThe book uotes Chris mother as saying I haven prayed since we lost him pg 202 An older man who befriended Chris Ronald Franz also says When Alex left for Alaska I prayed I asked God o keep his finger on he shoulder of hat one I old him That Boy Was Special But He Let Alex Die So boy was special But he let Alex die So December 26 when I learned what had happened I renounced he Lord I withdrew my church membership and became an atheist I decided I couldn believe in a God who
would let something hat errible happen o a boy like Alex pg 60 But God didnlet something hat errible happen o a boy like Alex pg 60 But God didn anything o Chris except let him do as he wanted If Chris sought real answers o his hard uestions God is here and God can help but you have o know you need help and submit o someone wiser han you Chris McCandless never submitted willingly o anyone and he certainly never admitted anyone else had eaching or wisdom for him He was smarter han everyone else better able o see he ruth han anyone else So he heritage Chris McCandless left is one hat drives his mother o stop praying and converts an old man o atheism Is his he heritage anyone would wantSo read his book but read it with uestions in mind Why are we lauding a young man as a hero who was actually a foolish man What kind of society are we in where real courage and real heroism are somehow playing 2nd fiddle o selfishness and arrogance When are you so intellectually intelligent hat you become stupid Is here any ime when foolish decisions could be called courageous In a search for ruth and what really matters in life is it acceptable o hink nothing of hurting hose people who are most vulnerable o you When you die will he way you lived your life cause others o abandon heir faith or grow in heir faith Is it ever courageous o be selfish and hink only of yourself Is it harder o walk away from a relationship or o stay in a relationship and work on making it better Would you ever each anyone else hat he way o have real relationships is o limit yourself only o hose people who cannot ever hurt youReal courage real heroism comes when you love others and you serve others Real courage has nothing selfish in it Fathers and husbands who remain with heir families and provide for hem even hough hey would rather have a mid life crisis and leave it all hey are courageous and heroic They remain hey work hey don father or husband perfectly but hey remain in difficult relationships It courageous o stay in he hard parts of life and ry Mothers and wives who sacrifice and serve again and again and again without books being written about hem without hanks but who continue o love and give of hemselves o others That is courageous It is hard o stay in messy relationships It is easy o leave It is courageous o stay and do hard hings It is easy o leave and do what you wantSo let s read his book but read it as a cautionary ale This is what happens when you seemingly have it all but have not love When you die will people be driven o become atheists Will people stop praying when you are dead Or will you live a life of wisdom and love Will you leave behind you a heritage of godly love and service Will people pray because of he example you left hem Will hey be loving better mothers or fathers or sisters or brothers Or will hey become angry and arrogant and foolishness Yes his is a good book o read But let s read it for he right reasons and with he right uestionsNOTE In he book and in he movie he author proposes hat Chris ate some poison berries which caused his death But ests have been made around he area and plants hat would have been available o Chris were ested and no oxic berries or plants have been found The ruth is probably hat he starved Too few calories coming in high expenditure of calories for hunting and keeping warm resulted eventually in such a calorie deficit hat he died Some good articles I found on Chris McCandless include Park Ranger Peter Christian wrote I am exposed continually o what I will call he McCandless Phenomenon People nearly always young men come o Alaska o challenge hemselves against an unforgiving wilderness landscape where convenience of access and possibility of rescue are practically nonexistent When okay lets address he elephant on goodreads which is he common heme of essentially bashing chris mccandless in reviews i have seen so many ranting about how irresponsible and selfish and arrogant and unprepared he was and i mean heyre not wrong but hat honestly has nothing o do with he book what i love most about his is how objective krakauer is he neither praises nor critiues mccandless I love Jon Krakauer I didn find one single hing about he Alex McCandless even remotely interesting He came across as a spoiled brat with no concept of reality basically because of his priveleged upbringing But somehow he blamed his parents for hat void of myopic self absorption I live in Alaska and I ve lived in Idaho and Colorado and Oregon basically AROUND people who love he great outdoors I am comfortable in a heated coffee shop READING about he great outdoors Still I know hat heading into any forest particularly one at hat latitude and altitude in pursuit of adventure with a no food b no gear c no plan and d no backup plan is nothing short of delusional or maybe just stupidI absolutely adore Jon Krakauer s attempts o explain Alex s possible motives and angst I get hat Krakauer identifies with some of what gnawed at Alex hat discontent hat feeling hat life can possibly be his pointless etc I wonder about hose hings with fairly consistent freuency I suppose I have my own means of stamping hose feelings out alternating burst of extreme carbohydrate consumption and running or spinning work and volunteerism Still he fact hat Alex died of exposure in an abandoned bus in Denali National Park is less poignant han poetic justice hat is Darwinism if you want o be cruel Cringe That sounded really awful didn it But Krakauer carefully paints a picture of a young man completely disillusioned with he life hat his parents provided for him he future hey groomed him for A life easier better han heirs He points o his parents mistakes and flaws as lightening rods for Alex s rejection of hem and his pursuit of deeper understanding What a luxury One hat we all pursue at some point in our lives and if we have any sense grow out of I was constantly irritated with Alex for hitching homelessness biting every hand hat ried o feed him His lonely desperate death not at all surprising and not erribly sad either except for what it put his family hrough I had no interest in seeing he movie I saw railer images of a young man looking off into he wildnerness with depth and intensity and hat is NOT he Alex McCandless I got o know in he book If Sean Penn managed o paint a enlightened image of Alex hen he deviated from he book uite a bit Into he Wild Jon KrakauerInto he Wild is a 1996 non fiction book written by Jon Krakauer The book was adapted o film in 2007 directed by Sean Penn with Emile Hirsch starring as McCandless Christopher Johnson McCandless 1968 1992 a young and wise man left his family and friends and headed off into he wilderness Into he Wild addresses he issues of how o be accepted into society and how finding oneself sometimes conflicts with being an active member in society Most critics agree hat Chris McCandless left o find some sort of enlightenment He also ries o find his way in he wild with minimal material possessions because it made he journey enjoyable His extreme risk aking was he hubris which eventually led o his downfall McCandless Gers of heading into he wilderness alone Krakauer whose own adventures have aken him o he perilous heights of Everest provides some answers by exploring he pull he outdoors seductive yet often dangerous has had on his own lif.