A Worldview of Christopher McCandless

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People tend to have different worldviews, either going against or with. It's based off certain hatred that allows them to see the visible problems, but no one's doing anything about it. There's also the worldview of seeing the beauty, but still acknowledging that there are problems in the world. The case with Chris made it seem like he was in the middle of both views, he loved nature but hated the government and his parents.

Chris's belief of individualism came from reading books implying that you don't need anyone but yourself. From the book To Build a Fire by Jack London, it states: Any man who was a man could travel alone. Chris didn't think that he needed others like family and friends in order to survive in the world. After leaving for his final big adventure, he decided to cut off all relations from his family. For example, in the text it states: McCandless was thrilled to be on his way north, and he was relieved as well that he had again evaded the impending threat of human intimacy, of friendship, and all the messy emotional baggage that comes with it. He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family. He'd successfully kept Jan Burres and Wayne Westerberg at arm's length, flitting out of their lives before anything was expected of him. And now he'd slipped painlessly out of Ron Franz's life as well. Along with his adventure, he would come across people and leave them as soon as he thought that their relationship was getting stronger. He thought his relationship with people would hold him back from completing his journey.

Throughout the story, Chris mentioned multiple times of his hatred for the government and his actions also showed his hatred. For example, When Gallien asked if Chris had a hunting license, he said: "Hell no... How I feed myself is none of the government's business. F their stupid rules." Chris usually doesn't swear, and by swearing, it shows his true hatred for the government. Another example shows his hatred for the government was when he was filling out the W-4 form he wrote Iris Fucyu as his name and none of your damn business. This shows that he would do anything possible that would in any sort of way go against the government. By going to Alaska, this somewhat allowed him to get away from the government and mainly commit his life to live in nature without any civilization.

Nature was appealing to Chris because it kept him away from society and it was considered adventure for him. The word adventure shows up multiple times in Krakauer's book, and Chris loves telling others of his experiences from his adventures. The only way for Chris to continue his love for nature was to drop out of society by leaving friends he made along the way, but there would be times where Chris would seek to become apart with civilization. After being a part of civilization for some time, he would decide that it would be time to leave. For example, Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the great white North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.

Chris had certain hatred, that being the government and his parents, but he loved nature to the point where he wanted to be secluded in Alaska. He cut himself from his family and friends and pursued his adventure making and unfriending people. Chris would also do anything that would go against the government, like not filing the W-4 form with his information and not wanting a license. He would also eventually want to rejoin society after being alone for a long time, but usually resulting in him leaving again. That being said, Chris had a mutual relationship with society by staying in contact with people that he met over his adventure and he hated his parents/government.

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