To Chris McCandless and many others of his ilk like Henry Thoreau and Jack London,the wilderness of the west has a very specific allure. McCandless sees the wilderness as a purer state, a place free of the evils of modern society, where someone like him can find out what he is really made of, live by his own rules, and be completely free. Yet, it is also true that the reality of day-to-day living in the wilderness is not as romantic as he and others like him imagine it to be.
Perhaps this explains why many of his heroes who wrote about the wilderness, for example, Jack London, never actually spent much time living in it. Ladd, Brent. “Realities of Going Primitive. ” http://ebookbrowse. com. the anarchist library, 17 Oct. 2009. http://ebookbrowse. com/brent-ladd-realities-of-going-primitive-a4-pdf-d63824079. Web. 29 Apr. 2013. In this essay Ladd speakes how going primitive brings many changes to your life of joy and freedom to experience despite the fact that living in the wilderness is ruff, risky and challenging.
Ladd talks about his visit a “third world” country and how ideas on materialism and what one can do without quickly become solidified. He explain how he start to think about going primitive away from society and its pressures after his marriage is over. During his experience in the wild he explain how living in the wood is not that flowery account that most people who never been in the wild think, ladd says that there is many suffering and hardship living in the wild like learn how top survive, hunting and take keep going with living with most primitive tools and that you can get.
I have always believed in what I saw, what I heard, and what I experienced. As these elements play a significant role of perceiving the world around me, it is very hard to distrust the reality. However, it was not a long ago that I began to ponder about this issue more profoundly. What do I really perceive? Could I precisely explain our perception without the help of science? As I spend more time ...
Ladd emphasis the detailof his experience of living close to earth and how it’s not a flowery account, but rather one that is full of compromises and hardships, but also of rewards and joys. Ladd says that there are levels of freedom these days. In his opinion, going primitive offers the most freedom possible. At times it exhilarates himand definitely enhances his life. SCOTT, A. O. “Following His Trail to Danger and Joy. ” new york times (2007).
Web. 1 May 2013. In this essay Scott says writes that the movie maybe tragic but its idea communicate the possibility of being with ature and it’s purity. Unaffected delight in open spaces, fresh air and bright sunshine. Chris is an impulsive boy and a brave and dedicated spiritual pilgrim. Chris revels in his letters the simple beauty of the natural world, rejecting material possessions and human attachments. Chris saw the world trough the glory of the north American west and its landscapes. Clay, Jackie. “Moving to the wilderness,Turning the dream to reality. ” http://www. backwoodshome. com. backwoods home magazin, Sept. 1995. Web. 1 May 2013
In this article clay explain how the dream of living in the wild away from society is everybody dream. Being isolated from the stress and pollution of civilization and live a self sufficient lifestyle where who you are and what you do mean something. Clay says that preparation is vital. The first step is to be prepared for a wildrness move is to separate the dream from reality. Clays explain that there is no way to beat nature and man should be always prepared to live in the wildrness to survive and not be a fool.
Clays also shows the way in how to live in the wood and the stuff that you need to survive that wildrness, she also talks about the experience and the happiness that you gain fron living your life that way, Wilderness living is wonderful the clean scent of grass, pine, sage, and rain; spectacular sunsets and clouds; storms across the land; the awesome power of winter; a wobbly moose calf in the nearby creek; the first sweet garden peas; the last firewood, stacked on the pile. You aren’t just living on the land, but in rhythm with the land. This learned, the Dream becomes real. erouac, jack. On the road. London: penguin group, 1959. Print. The American West has long been a part of American literature and folklore. Going West to explore and to see the country retains its charm; most of the West remains much wilder than the East. On the Road deals with this sense of adventure and exploration in two main ways. First, there is the story of exploration. For Sal, the country and towns that lie before him represent new adventures. Through his first journey, Sal understands himself to be one in the long line of explorers and settlers who went West to find a new life.
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Sal mythologizes much of the American West during his trip. He sees the possibilities of time and existence in the Mississippi River, echoing other great American writers such as Mark Twain. In the Denver mining town he finds a sense of the Old West. The trip to mexico shows how they more attached to nature than civilization and how nature is more exited and hard in the same time by living in the wood sufferiing all the dirt and the flies just to have that exitment of life and freedom by travelling through mexico and its wildrness.
Thoreau refers to the difficulty of choosing the direction of a walk, asserting that there is a “right way” but that we often choose the wrong. The walk we should take “is perfectly symbolical of the path which we love to travel in the interior and ideal world” — a path difficult to determine because it does not yet “exist distinctly in our idea. ” Thoreau’s own natural tendency is to head west, where the earth is “more unexhausted and richer,” toward wildness and freedom. The east leads to the past — the history, art, and literature of the Old World; the west to the forest and to the future, to enterprise and the adventure of the New World.
As a nation, we tend toward the west, and the particular (in the form of the individual) reflects the general tendency. Thoreau believes that physical environment inspires man and that the vast, untamed grandeur of the American wilderness is “symbolical of the height to which the philosophy and poetry and religion of [America’s] inhabitants may one day soar. ” He expands upon the evidence of history in Europe as reflective of the past. America, whose landscape has not yet been completely civilized, suggests “more of the future than of the past or present. ” The author sees in the promise of wild America.
Pearl Harbor: Isolationism It is a common held belief that America has historically been a nation driven by the ideology of isolationism. The best cases for these arguments are through our unwillingness to participate in either world war. The lynch pin being the events that happened in Pearl Harbor. I will try to dispel this theory in my essay. On December 7 th, 1941 war was forced upon America by ...