Walden Essay | Finding the Meaning of Life: Thoreau's Walden and Krakauer's Into the Wild

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Finding the Meaning of Life: Thoreau's Walden and Krakauer's Into the Wild

Summary: Both Henry David Thoreau's Walden and Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild speak of entering a solitary existence in order to find the true meaning of life. Thoreau wrote about his stay at Walden Pond, while Krakauer related the true story of Chris McCandless' journey into the wilds of Alaska. Despite the similarities in purpose shared by both Thoreau and McCandless, their different approaches in pursuit of the solitary life would later determine their very separate fates.
At some point in life, there will come a time where one will feel a sudden urge to get away from the average everyday world. A sudden change in the wind could push one to an extreme: the extreme to leave life behind for a period of time to figure out the meaning behind everything. In Henry David Thoreau's Walden Pond, Thoreau writes about a time where he left his life behind to find further meaning. In Jon Krakauer's Into The Wild, Krakauer writes about Chris McCandless' true story when he left his life behind to find further meaning. The two characters were alike and different in their journeys. This is shown through nature, materialism, independence, simplicity, assistance, approach, preparation, and ultimate fate.

One similarity between Thoreau and McCandless is their love for nature. Both places of solitude...

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