Humans naturally feel pressured, whether as a kid trying to keep up grades of r school, as an adult trying to get a promotion, or even as regular, everyday, humanness simply trying to fit the Status quo. Although mankind is faced with constant pressure dandy an d auto there is little done to fix these problems. Complaining and whining is not the correct way to solve social pressure, so what is? Chris Mishandles asked the very same question.
Born, February 12th, 1968, to Walter and Wilhelmina Mishandles, Christopher Johnson Mishandles was a young man with a bright future. Captain of the crosscut y team in high school and graduating with ease. Chris proceeded to attend Emory University where he would strive again, graduating with a bachelor’s degree, double majoring in history a ND anthropology. Chris was on the path to achieving what many people depict as the “American Dream”; education, job, settle down with a family, and live out the rest of one’s life in p ace. However, Chris had other plans in mind.
The biography Into the Wild, written by Jon Krause, explains, or at least attempts to aka sense of, the mindset of protagonist Chris Mishandles in his heroic and ‘or foolish journey to Alaska in April 1 992, leaving all but the clothes on his back to go out and live e in the wild. The book retraces Alexander Pentagrams, Chris’ alias, including interviews with a acquaintances Chris had along the way to Alaska such as Loren Johnson, Chris’ grandfather, and Jim Galling, Olivarez the man who encountered Mishandles while hitchhiking to the frozen tundra.
The book continues to follow Mishandles’ “Alaskan Odyssey/’ physically with the routes taken, areas visited, and notes written day by day by Chris up until his demise in August of 992 due to starvation. Though, questions still remain, Why did Chris do this? Did the pres sure get to Chris, leading him to crack, or was this a voluntary act? What was Chris trying to AC implies, trying to prove? Was Chris a hero or a fool? The decision is up to the eye of the behold err, however, one must be fully informed before assuming.
Chris demonstrated the Aristocratic el Emmet known as Logos, logical reasoning, by explaining the reasons for his departure into the wild to friend Galling, I now try and do the same. Chris was a role model by the way he brook e the social entrant but was crazy at the same time for this action, all in all Chris was mat ere and intelligent enough to make a decision on his own and live with the consequences. Did Chris think of this idea out of the blue or was there influence in the decisive on? Chris grew up as an intelligent young boy, reading books such as To Build a Fire, White Fang, Moonbeam, Brown Wolf, etc, written by Jack London.
The book that most captured Mishandles’ attention was most likely The call to the Wild. The novel follows a sled dog named Buck through a journey like no other. Buck is stolen and sent to Alaska where he is sold to work n the harsh weather. Along with the work and climate, Buck has to prove him self by fighting the other dogs in the pack and showing his dominance. At the end of the book, B suck discovers his animal nature and instincts and decides to live in the wild. There are some similarities with Chris and BUCk’s stories.
For example, they b HTH traveled to Alaska to unleash their natural instincts. Both were respectively ha pay with their lives before going into the wild. Chris came from a good family and Buck had a hap pay life until his Olivarez owner got killed which was the breaking point for Buck. Using that logic, there must have been a reeking point for Chris, an event that changed Chris’ life forever, but what ha opened? According to the Child Trauma Academy, “Each year in the United States paper axiomatic five million children experience some form of traumatic experience.
More that n two million of these victims of physical and/ or sexual abuse. Natural disasters, car accidents, alphabetizing medical conditions, painful procedures, exposure to community violence – all can have traumatic impact On the child” Eve can not be certain is any of this happened to Chris ho waver there wouldn’t be much of a surprise. “Traumatic experiences can have a devastating impact on the child, altering their physical, emotional, cognitive and social development” co entities to say the Child Trauma Academy. Chris was always different from others, Chris liked to think outside the box.
Or maybe this was Chris’ way to escape the emotional scarring of the pas t. Should Chris have faced the past head on or was he right in running away? To a certain point Mishandles’ story can be marked as ungrateful had the boy grown up with no emotional scars. Here there is a kid living a life in which many people I n the world would envy, growing up in a well off family where money was no issue. McCann idles was very intelligent, receiving no less than Ass in all but one class in high school physics. Belonging to a loving, caring family, Chris didn’t struggle at all in life.
So why rebel and throw this seemingly perfect life away? On the other hand, imagine growing up in a family where you are constantly p UT to the test, always feeling like expectations set by the family name need to be coma polished or exceeded. Having that kind Of pressure would be a personal form Of torture, being haunted by the fear of being inadequate. Feeling as though your best just isn’t good enough, knowing that if you Olivarez ailed the whole world would collapse. Chris grew up with this constant press ere in the back of his mind.
Chris was tired of being told what was best without having a say in t he choice, what road was better to take, so he made a new one. Chris demonstrated the Arise Tool quality of Ethos, credibility, by the stature and respect gained with his studies. Chris seemed to have reached the top of the academic ladder but was he mentally mature enough to make a De concision of such drastic measures? According to Deborah Herringboned, “The frontal lobes of the braid n which are responsible for high level reasoning and session making aren’t fully mature until the early ass”.
Chris was 24 years old when the decision was made to run off into the wild. L equally an adult and mentally mature, Chris knew very well what kind of situation lied ahead. Was the pressure too much, causing Chris to go over the edge or was Chris full lye aware of what he was getting himself into? Chris had a sense of adventure even as a you Eng boy. Loren Johnson, Chris’ grandfather, said “Chris thought he was invincible‚'(Krause, 1 09). In high school as the captain of the crosscurrent team Chris encouraged the student athletes to get get cost in the woods for hours.
When Chris was younger his grandfather would g o hiking along with Chris, Loren would cut the hike short due to health conditions but Chris was d determined to keep going. Nature was not foreign to Chic, nature was a refuge. Chris may have liked the great outdoors but was ill prepared for what was call deed an “Alaskan Odyssey”. All that was taken into the wild was a rifle, a Bibb bag of rice e, a map, a camera, and a backpack with clothes. Chris gave all the money from the college e trust fund, given to him by his parents, and all the possessions as Chris deemed then as a vanity y.
Chris fed off the and, berries, plants, nuts, grains, etc and game that was hunted. Chris killed a moose and was so proud of the accomplishment he took a picture of the beast. However, Chris’ jack of experience Olivarez in the wild came into play for he did not know how to conserve the moose’s m eat and rotted over time. Shortly after Chris died of starvation. In letters written to family members and friends, Chris seemed to have a plan of returning home after the dangerous adventure.
Perhaps, Chris wanted to clear his head before preparing for the life ahead or was this an item on Chris’ bucket list in which he needed to a accomplish before giving into the society many people live in today. We may never know Chris’ m datives for sure but we assume and depict certain behavior. For example, the last picture Chris s Mishandles took alive he was sitting in front of bus 142, a bus which Chris called home for 4 m months, and on his face, a small. How can a person who is at the point of starvation possibly have e a smile on their face?
Was Chris crazy to be happy, knowing he would die soon? Possibly, or m abbey Chris found what he was searching for. Chris found and accomplished the goal set out by proving to himself that true independence is achievable. Mishandles believed that the world roar undo was full of hypocrisy, greed, and overall evil. So Chris was happy to leave the world, was happy to break the social contract that he believed every person is enslaved in. Chris had true inner peace and nothing could take that away from him.
Chris also demonstrates the last of the e 3 elements of Aristotle rhetorical arguments Pathos, emotional persuasion, by the way Char is wrote messages, trying to get people who read the notes to feel what he felt. For example, the I sat notes Chris ever wrote said, “l have had a happy life and thank the Lord. Goodbye and may GO d bless all! . Mishandles may not have known but those words would be read all over the world, persuading many people to live out their lives to the fullest while they can. Was Chris a hero or a fool?
The decision is in the eye in the beholder. Judging I s the easiest part of a trial but when one is the jury, with all the information is out n the open is when Olivarez the sentence becomes difficult. Chris may be deemed as a foolish kid who thro ewe his seemingly perfect life away to live out a silly, unnecessary, fantasy by those people who do not hear or read into the whole story. Or was Chris the bravest young man for throwing cautious to the wind, not caring about other people’s Opinions Or fitting in, and trying to survive in the wild with no pressure at all.