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Into The Wild Essay

However, unlike Thoreau and Emerson, McCandless’s transcendental lifestyle faded right before his eyes. Four months after his destination to Alaska was reached, McCandless perished; alone, with nothing, in the wild. The novel Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak was the last book that McCandless read before his death. Within this book, McCandless noted, “HAPPINESS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED” (McCandless in Krakauer 189). His lonesome journey into the wild has come to a halt. Perhaps he was finally ready to submerge himself into society again. Unfortunately, no one will ever know. McCandless declared his final farewell as he writes, “I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!” (McCandless in Krakauer 199). Through the suffering, he was finally at peace with the end of his existence as death consumed him. He walked into the wild to escape the civilized world and to discover his own reality. As a consequence of his individualism, extreme minimalism, and exhilaration within nature, he eternally escaped forever.

Works Cited
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. “The American Scholar.” Norton Anthology of American Literature. Eighth ed. Vol. B. Eds. Nina Baym, et al. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007. 243-56. Print.
Horton, Rod W., and Herbert W. Edwards. Backgrounds of American Literary Thought. 3rd ed. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1974. Print
Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor, 1997. Print.
Read, Adam. "Christopher McCandless Aka Alexander Supertramp." Chris McCandless: Now I Walk Into The Wild Biography. 2011. Web. 28 Nov. 2014.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. Norton Anthology of American Literature. Eighth ed. Vol. B. Eds. Nina Baym, et al. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007. 981-1155. Print.

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