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.

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