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Into the Wild - Chapters 8 and 9

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Into the Wild - Chapters 8 and 9

“McCandless didn’t conform particularly well to the bush-casualty stereotype. Although he was rash, untutored in the ways of the backcountry, and incautious to the point of foolhardiness, he wasn’t incompetent—he wouldn‘t have lasted 113 days if he were. And he wasn’t a nutcase, he wasn‘t a sociopath, he wasn’t an outcast. McCandless was something else—although precisely what is hard to say. A pilgrim, perhaps.” (page 85)

"A lot of us are like that—I’m like that, Ed Abbey was like that, and it sounds like this McCandless kid was like that: We like companionship, see, but we can’t stand to be around people for very long. So we go get ourselves lost, come back for a while, then get the hell out again.” (page 96)

Chapter 8 – There were other casualties who had obvious character flaws, but what about the number of survivors? Just because Chris did not display certain traits did not mean there was something abnormal about his behavior. The people he had encountered before he went to Alaska all profess to him refusing certain things that were offered to him making it seem like he was totally independent and could survive anything. This is not true. Chris would pick and choose what he accepted and was never truly alone. However, when he was in Alaska, there was no one to help him and it cost him his life.

Chapter 9 – Chris and other tramps like him claim to want to experience the beauty of the things God created but God created people too. I still believe Chris lived in his fantasy world created by a fictional writer. Something in him could not distinguish fantasy from reality.

Date Unknown – Since my death, it’s interesting to see how so many people think they know who I was. How could they when I didn’t know myself? I was driven but not by insanity or a death wish. I certainly wouldn’t have forgotten to make arrangements to be picked up if my adventure called for it. I may not have been as prepared and equipped as I should have been but I managed.

"Ever Since the World Began"By: Survivor


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