McCandleswhat are some quotes that show that mcCandles is commitment to experiencing life?
The quote that we get the title from is an example:
Please return all mail I receive to the sender. It might be a very long time before I return South. 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. (pg. 69)
There's also this one:
It is hardly unusual for a young man to be drawn to a pursuit considered reckless by his elders; engaging in risky behavior is a rite of passage in our culture no less than in most others. Danger has always held a certain allure. (pg. 182)
To me, both of these quotes demonstrate that the trip was not a suicide mission, but an adventure to get away from the crazy hustle and bustle.
On page 168, McCandless writes in the margin of his copy of Tolstoy
"I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness."
He appears to have reached a point where he understands the purpose of his existence and how to reach contentment.