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Ej OliverMrs.CaseErwc 1/19/2018Christopher McCandless    A meaningful life is a type of life that can be expressed by people in many unique ways.     In the novel “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer published in 1996, the protagonist Christopher McCandless abandons his old life and goes on a journey to Alaska as “Alexander Supertramp”. Told in the third person, The author addresses the theme by describing the settings of land across the country, establishing the main conflict of Chris preparing for the journey that would eventually lead to his death and incorporating the literary devices of allusion and imagery. Krakauer’s purpose was to show reader the life of Chris McCandless and why he went on the trip to Alaska. The author creates a mood of empathy since both had similar background and interests for the audience of teens to adults that were interested in the things McCandless has done. Christopher McCandless lived a meaningful life with the bonds he formed, like the ones with Ronald Franz or Jan Burres. His adventure itself presented signs of a meaningful life even at the end of it. The knowledge and skills he gained on the trip benefitted him and helped forget about the things he did before.       During McCandless’ journey he formed many bonds with people around the country that changed him and those he affected for the better. Ronald Franz met Christopher McCandless and they grew very close and benefited from each other’s lives. A meaningful life is from bonds that shape a life for the better. Franz and McCandless’ bond resulted in both of them changing and being more than what they were previously.”…the eighty-one-year-old-man took the brash twenty-four-year-old vagabond’s advice to heart…he moved out of his apartment and set up camp on the bajada”(Krakauer 58). Franz changed by not staying in one spot and exploiting the wilderness. Another person that Chris grew close to was Jan Burres, a drifter similar to him but had different methods. She and her husband cared for Chris and wanted to take care of him whenever they met each other. “I’d thought he’d be fine in the end…He’d figured out how to paddle a canoe down to Mexico, how to hop freight trains, how to score at inner-city missions” (Krakauer 45). They grew very close and their relationship altered their lifestyles and created a positive mood on their lives. Burres helped Chris have a meaningful life.    Christopher McCandless died with content with his journey and had his own definition of a meaningful life. Although at first he was afraid of what would happen he ended up being content with what he has done during that time.  “On the other side of the page, which was blank. McCanless penned a brief adios: “I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THE THANK THE LORD, GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!”(Krakauer 199). He stated himself that he was happy with his death and was living out a meaningful life. “He is smiling in the picture, and there is no mistaking the look in his eyes: Chris McCandless was at peace, serene as a monk to God” (199). Death was not something he was afraid of and he was embracing it with a smile on his face. McCandless himself believed he had lived his life to the fullest and was not thinking otherwise.McCandless did live a meaningful life and did little to make himself regret his decision.He was able to affect people and changed the way they thought about living. His decisions were things he was content with and took the ultimate tole with open arms. 

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