At an age when most upper-class kids begin their arduous climb toward becoming the next big thing, Christopher Mc Candless went in the opposite direction—he became a nobody.His two-year descent into the furthest margins of society baffled and fascinated many, including author Jon Krakauer. In committing the story to paper, Krakauer attempts to answer one question: why did Mc Candless do it?In this light, hamartia seems to fit Chris Mc Candless quite well.
Mere pride or adolescent stupidity seems like an incomplete answer.
Another interpretation of hamartia presents it less as a character flaw than a misunderstanding of one’s place in the world.
In a way, this story foreshadows Mc Candless's own fate.
Young manhood is very much the story of a young man, of his energy, his idealism, and the arrogance that ultimately kills him.
If there is a single turning point in the life of Christopher Mc Candless, it may be the discovery that his father had a second, secret family.
This revelation seems to inspire him to reject his parents completely and commence an odyssey into wild America.
Still, Chris Mc Candless’s courage and passion was something that we should all be proud of.
When Chris Mc Candless’s relationship with his father turned sour, he gave up everything including a sizeable bank account to the charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet and invented a new life, in turn for seeking the truth of mankind.
the literary critic Leslie Fiedler suggests that the central theme of all U. literature is the escape of American men and boys from civilization into the wild.
Often a reaction to heartbreak, and sometimes in the company of other men and/or boys, this flight is the dynamic at the center of books and stories as diverse as .