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Does McCandless find happiness in Into the Wild?

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Chris McCandless, according to his own account, finds happiness in the wild. First, seven and half months into his journey away from his Datsun and his materialistic lifestyle, he writes:

It is the experiences, the memories, the great triumphant joy of living to the fullest extent in which real meaning is found. God it’s great to be alive! Thank you. Thank you.

Later, he writes the following to his elderly friend Franz:

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.

The above describes what McCandless has been experiencing in the wild.

Once Chris gets to Alaska, for what he hopes will be his grand, epic adventure, he again feels joy. He writes joyfully of all the game he is managing to shoot. He doesn't particularly like killing animals and only does so to eat, but he is glad to be sustaining himself alone in the wilderness with porcupine, squirrel,...

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