Answer to Question #195670 in English for Makaia Hill

Question #195670

In the epigraph for Chapter 1, Chris states in  a postcard dated April 27, 1992 to Wayne Westerfield…”I now walk into the wild.”  In Chapter 1, he tells Jim Gallien, “ I don’t want to know what time it is.  I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am.  None of that matters.”  Write about the quotes and/or your assessment of Chris McCandless so far? An epigraph is a relevant quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc. 

Expert's answer
  • The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
  • Happiness is only real when shared.
  • So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality, nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit.
  • Tramping is too easy with all this money. My days were more exciting when I was penniless and had to forage around for my next meal... I've decided that I'm going to live this life for some time to come. The freedom and simple beauty of it is just too good to pass up.
  • I need your help. I am injured, near death, and too weak to hike out of here. I am all alone. This is no joke. In the name of God, please remain to save me. I am out collecting berries close by and shall return this evening. Thank you, Chris McCandless.
  • The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure.
  • All true meaning resides in the personal relationship to a phenomenon, what it means to you.

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