Andrew Durazo Expository 5/11/15 Into The Wild Reading the novel, "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer and then watching it in a movie format by Sean Penn, there were obviously similarities and differences even though the film was adapted from the book.
Andrew Durazo Expository 5/11/15 Into The Wild Reading the novel, "Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer and then watching it in a movie format by Sean Penn, there were obviously similarities and differences even though the film was adapted from the book.The story is mostly the same from the book and the movie about Christopher Mc Candless’s journey into the wild and his death that became of it.
But those most impassioned by his journey tend to fall into one of two camps: those who view him as a heroic figure who dared to live a life free from the restraints of civilization and consumer culture, and those who criticize him for venturing unprepared into the Alaskan wilderness and inspiring countless others to do the same.
Twenty-three years after his death, Mc Candless still has people talking — debating his cause of death, condemning his choices and discussing how perhaps they, too, can leave everything behind and walk into the wild.
The body was eventually identified as that of Chris Mc Candless, a 24-year-old honors graduate from a wealthy Virginia family.
Two years previously, Mc Candless had cut ties with his family, donated his $24,000 in savings to charity and traveled westward.
What Chris failed at doing with his parents was looking at why his parents were telling him what to do.
They were telling him things only for his benefit, which is what all good parents do.After his death, Krakauer and Mc Candless’ parents visited the bus via helicopter, where his parents installed a plaque to memorialize their son and left an emergency kit with a note encouraging visitors to “call your parents as soon as possible.” Inside the bus, there’s also a suitcase filled with notebooks, one of which contains a message from Krakauer himself: "Chris – Your memory will live on in your admirers.– Jon.” Those admirers have transformed the rusting Fairbanks 142 bus into a shrine to Mc Candless.He just did not like being told what to do all of the time.His parents were only looking out for him and trying to teach him how to live a good life.Writer Jon Krakauer shared Mc Candless’ tragic story in the January 1993 issue of Outside magazine and later in his bestselling book, “Into the Wild,” which inspired an award-winning film of the same name.To some people, Mc Candless’ story is simply a cautionary tale, a reminder of nature’s harsh reality and mankind’s inability to tame it.The bus where Mc Candless died was transported into the woods near Denali in the 1960s, and bunks and a stove were installed to house workers building a road.The project was never completed but the bus remains, and when Mc Candless happened upon it about 20 miles outside Healy, he named it the "Magic Bus" and lived in it for months.Finally, the film has the use of visuals and music that the book obviously cannot capture.At one point I questioned why Krakauer told of his own journey to climb the Devil's Thumb, but now feel that was helpful to me in having a better insight of the journey it would be.