Into the Wild Reflection
Chris McCandless’s idea of the “American Dream” was a trip with no money, hotel, car, family, or home to the Alaskan wilderness. After years of making friends, moving from place to place, and living from day to day he gets there and after a couple of months of staying in Alaska, he dies alone in an abandoned bus. The sense of the American Dream was shown in these excerpts because after graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, he went off to do whatever made him happy and gave him a new meaning to live. Everyone has a different view of the American Dream, personally I like the idea that he had, but I would not have actually gone through with it because of its impossibility and unpredictability. Chris wanted to “wallow in unfiltered experience” and even adopted a new name: Alexander Supertramp or Alex. Alex wanted his “trip to be an odyssey in the fullest sense of the word, an epic journey that would change everything. After of years of goal after goal being pushed onto him by his parents and peers, he left Atlanta for a life away from the world of materials, security, and abstraction. Alex made sure to survive day to day on his way to Alaska. This along with other ideals such as not working unless needed, not staying in a hotel, and his movements to the West and North are what made the trip worth it to him. Meeting nice people along the way was one of the lucky things that happened to him. Ron Franz was one of the people he met that he wrote a letter to later on his journey. He told the aged man that he should leave California and go out into the wilderness to live. The letter and Chris’s advice tells me that he thought it was worth it. His life was changed forever and even up to his last minutes he thought that the whole trip was worth it because he got a new glimpse of life and he also got to see people and places that he probably would have never seen if he did not take the trip.