Into The Wild Essay Introduction

Into The Wild

Into the Wild is a popular film, based on a non-fiction novel written by Jon Krakauer, detailing the journey of Christopher McCandless, a young Emory university graduate who hailed from Virginia, and who took a hike in solitude, in an attempt at self-actualization by bonding with nature and seeking spiritual nourishment. This essay briefly examines the crux of the film.

Having graduated on top of his class in 1991 and having attained repute as an athlete, Christopher McCandless left everything in his possession, donated his lifetime savings to the tune of $24,000 to Oxfam International on charitable grounds and set for his pilgrimage. In April 1992 he departed from his daily well-to-do life, torched his wallet with cash inside, renamed himself “Alexander Supertramp’’ and like a pilgrim, headed to the north of Mt. McKinley on his way to Alaska.

While on his way there, he stumbles upon a succession of different people and events which influence his life. Though he was cash-strapped, he was determined to make it to the ‘promised land’. He sojourned in America to experience her as a country and her citizens. Among the activities he was involved in on his way to Alaska included a trip with a canoe on high waters, a sojourns with a couple and old widower. He had to endure the vagaries of a long, unplanned expedition: fatigue, hunger and cold, which nearly worked against him.

All this while his family never heard from him nor anything related to his whereabouts. This got his father, mother and sister worried about him. Their fears were confirmed when four months later, a moose hunter bumped into an emaciated decomposing corpse which had a distress note within it. The circumstances surrounding his death form the thrust of the book and film. Into the wild is a peek into the life of a naive, and inexperienced lad, who becomes the subject of newspaper headlines after all his efforts prove futile.

Jon Krakauer in his non-fiction treatise s Into the Wild skillfully depicts the life of a young adventurous man in need of his space by exploring the expeditious life of Christopher McCandless, the subject of the book and film.

Christopher McCandless Essays         

Into The WildPapers and Assignments

 

Over the years many people have contacted this website about information for their assignments or projects on the story Into The Wild. Because of the creative and inspiring papers submitted, we decided to create a section of the site for these people.

If you are interested in writing a piece on Chris McCandless or the story and would like it posted on this website, please contact us at mail@christophermccandless.info. Please submit the paper in a word document with your name at the top. If you wish to submit a picture, the dimensions are 255x191 pixels.

You can include a contact email address should visitors wish to contact you. Also include your country of residence so we can see how far this story has reached.

To date, we have a number of papers submitted by visitors to the site and users of the forum. Below you will see a picture and a link to their papers.

All of us have a little bit of Chris in us. Who does not have a dream? Who does not want to go and pursue that dream? There are those that can and those that cannot. But, this is a place where you can voice these feelings and ambitions.

Face Your Fears and Live Your Dreams - Glenn Kevin Ryen.

 

 

 


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