McCandless’ luck wasn’t like Noland’s. He didn’t get thrown into having to survive. Instead, he wanted to live life like that. He started his journey living off a small amount of money and with people who would help. He got to socialize with people unlike Noland.
He got lots of human contact and overall made a huge impact on the people he met. People saw him as intelligent, one man states “You could tell right away that Alex was intelligent,’ Westerberg reflects, draining his third drink. ‘He read a lot.
Used a lot of big words. I think maybe part of what got him into trouble was that he did too much thinking.Sometimes he tried too hard to make sense of the world, to figure out why people were bad to each other so often.”‘ (Page 18). Socialization wasn’t a necessity for McCandless like it was for Noland. McCandless writes a letter to Everett Ruess, “I’ll never stop wandering. And when the time comes to die, I’ll find the wildest, loneliest, most desolate sport there is”(91). Loneliness was a must for McCandless.
He didn’t need people and he generally was quiet and kept to himself and so when McCandless went to Alaska, he didn’t need people to live. It seemed that he only needed time. He wanted to live off the land and quote his journey on a flat board of wood:”Two years he walks the earth.
No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist.
An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. Escaped from Atlanta. Thou shalt not return, ’cause “the West is the best.
” And now after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual pilgrimage. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the Great White North. No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.-Alexander Supertramp May 1992 ” (164).
For McCandless, Alaska seemed like the equivalent of heaven. His goal throughout his trip was to live in the wild and to do just live with what he had, to hunt for food and to live the survivalist lifestyle. Yet Zemeckis says a man will do anything to survive in the wild to live, McCandless did. He hunted and ate as much as he could. Killing squirrels, porcupines, small birds, and even a moose.
He mapped his surroundings around his campsite in Alaska.However, when he accidently ate a poisonous plant, this is when his journey crashed. I wouldn’t say he didn’t try to survive because he did, he want to.
He had goals to write a book, so his unfortunate death wasn’t suicidal. McCandless got too weak to get help and did what he could in his last days to live. He picked berries, and made sure to leave a note on his bus for help, just in case he was around for the arrival.
Unfortunately, he passed away in bus 142 Fairbanks City Transit, after the effects of the plant soaked in.Furthermore, Zemeckis’ conclusion that when a man is trying to survive and when his life is in danger, he will do anything to live; I agree with this. I feel anyone would try to survive with all their might, life is not something just to throw away. This is very visible in the stories “Into the Wild” and “Castaway.” Both of the characters try with all their might to survive but only one conquers nature and it just so happens it was the one who didn’t choose to live off the land. In both the stories only one lesson can be seen, never give up and it may be possible to conquer your fears and goals.