Do you think Chris McCandless went into the wild to try and agriculturize and survive, or did he go to perish and face his death?
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McCandless, like many before him, was passionate about life but unprepared to see his limitations to sustain it. He may not have intended to die, but he saw that it was a very real possibility-
This is the last you shall hear from me, Wayne...If this adventure proves fatal and you don't ever hear from me again I want you to know you're a great man. I now walk into the wild.
I think it's fairly obvious that Chris' journey to Alaska was to be the fulfillment of his two years of wanderings. I'm sure this was not a suicidal journey, but one that turned bad for him, resulting in his unexpected death. I feel that Chris would probably have made Alaska his final stop before returning to the U.S. Whether he would have contacted his family, settled down and gotten a job, or started a new journey is uncertain, but he was so full of life that he most certainly did not go to Alaska--his great goal--just to die.
I think that Chris was depressed and frustrated. I am not sure he was exactly suicidal. I think that he was committed to trying to survive on his own. There is something romantic about the notion of living off the land, depending on no one.
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