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was ready to forgive them and move on with his life back in American society. This movie is an accusation against the rush-and-go mentality of present-day America. Part of the controversy surrounding Chris McCandless’s actions was his refusal of wealth and the comforts and safety of habit and custom as well as his refusal to contact his parents. Yet his story calls into question the true meaning of success in modern life. It also highlights how much pain is caused by those who seek power, possessions, and prestige over self-worth and happiness. Chris McCandless was a person who sought meaning in the silence and im- posing beauty of nature. His refusal to conform to empty rules and his desire to find some peace in solitude is a reminder that we too should find an authentic life for ourselves and that we don’t need permission to do it. Works Cited Into The Wild. Dir. Sean Penn. Perf. Emile Hirsch. Paramount Vantage, 2007. DVD. Grossman, Lev. "Nature Boys." Time International (Canada Edi- tion) 170.13 (2007): 53. MasterFILE Complete. Web. 2 May 2016. Riley, Jenelle. "Wild' Thing." Back Stage East 48.49 (2007): 17A- 38A. Business Source Complete. Web. 28 Apr. 2016. 44
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