Living In The Wild
When we are tired of our society, being close to nature is a very good choice. The protagonist of Into The Wild hates the rules of society and choose to go to the wild. Into The Wild, written by Jon Krakauer, was about Chris McCandless, who took a long trip to explore the wild of Alaska and met many interesting friends on the way.
Although he finally starved to death in the wilderness, he was very happy on this journey because there were no rules, and there was absolute freedom. Alice Walker said that In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful. In other words, people might think of nature as not perfect because there are fierce predators, insects that contains disease, strange trees, and uncomfortable living environment. However, on the other hand, there are people loving the nature because there was no hustle and bustle of the city and no restriction of rules. There could forget all your worries and do whatever you want. Chris McCandless was one of them. Although many people thought living in the wild is dangerous and uncomfortable, he found it perfect because he could stay away from his family conflicts, the fetters of rules, and enjoying his encounters with new experiences.
McCandless had a very complicated family, and the relationship between he and his parents was one of the reasons why he wanted to live alone in the wild. Imagine how an extreme controlling father could get along well with an extravagant independent son. Moreover, his father had other families outside, which violated ethics. Therefore, he chosen to leave the family and live alone in the wild. According to this book, He brooded at length over what he perceived to be his father’s moral shortcoming, the hypocrisy of his parents’ lifestyle, the tyranny of their conditional love. Eventually, Chris rebelled-and when he finally did, it was with characteristic immoderation. This means that He could not stand his parents anymore and wanted to completely knock them out of his life. That’s why he said that their parents’ behavior was so irrational, so oppressive, disrespectful an insulting that I finally passed my breaking point. He hated his father’s control and his family’s plans for his future. He felt that he was just like a bird in a cage. Thus, he decided to stay away from the family, and he is living into the wild now. Although some people may think that this was not a good idea because there was no one to care for him, it was easy for him to forget the worries that his father caused by his two wives and to stay away from his father’s control over him. Nobody could tie him down here. He could enjoy the freedom brought by nature.
Natural disasters are inevitable in nature, but they are opportunities for McCandless to get rid of society. When he was driving in the jungle, car which seemed to be convenient became very heavy. Not only cars but also other modern products had become very useless in the wild. According to this book, Instead of feeling distraught over this turn of events, moreover, McCandless was exhilarated: He saw the flash flood as an opportunity to shed unnecessary baggage.(29) In other words, High-tech products in the wild had become a fetter to McCandless. Thus, he used the flood to throw away all those tools, leaving only necessary supplies. It was also a symbol of his desire to break away from society and get close to nature. Natural disasters that frighten others become a way for him to fulfill his dream. Without the bondage of these things, he could enjoy the endless freedom brought to him by nature.
Money in society is very important. People think nature is not perfect because they cannot get money from wild. However, McCandless doesn’t care about money. Money was a fetter to him. According to this book, Then, in a gesture that would have done both Thoreau and Tolstoy proud, he arranged all his paper currently in a pile on the sand-a pathetic little stack of ones and fives and twenties-and put a match to it. One hundred twenty-three dollars in legal tender was promptly reduced to ash and smoke. In other words, in nature he could get everything he wanted. Money became useless here. He didn’t want money to disturb his natural time.
Some people see nature as dangerous, but for McCandless, nature is very beautiful because he feels tried of social hypocrisy and yearn for a simple life. According to this book, McCandless was stirred by the austerity of landscape, by its saline beauty. The desert sharpened the sweet ache of his longing, amplified it, gave shape to it in sere geology and clean slant of light. A big temperature difference and an extreme lack of water made desert very dangerous in people’s minds. However, he was attracted to the saline land. Here, massive dunes stretched in every direction as far as the eye could see, for him, it was beautiful. It was this feeling of no restraint that moved him and made him feel comfortable.
Life in the wild required great care every day, but McCandless was deeply attracted to the life where he had new experiences every day. According to this book, If you want to get more out of life,… you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. In other words, he thought the joy of life is in experiencing something new every day. And nature satisfied his idea. In the wild, McCandless never knew what would happen next second. Others thought it was irrational to live alone in the wild because it was hard to have a comfortable and fixed place to live. He thought that the wandering life in the wild would be a surprise every day. That’s why he said that Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. It was this novelty that made him willing to live in the wild to enrich his personal experience.
To summarize, living in the wild made him forget his family problems and social rules, enjoy his freedom and enrich his experience, which made him think the nature that others fear and awe was very beautiful.
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