Connections Essay: Chris McCandless and Self-Reliance

We have spent this first unit exploring some of the “greats” of nature writing through the eyes of Chris McCandless (from the movie “Into the WIld” and discussed the ways in which their works influenced his life and his journey to the Alaskan wilderness.

In this essay you will select one of discuss the connections you see between Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance” and the film Into the Wild. How did this piece of writing affect Chris and where do you see similarities between it and his life? (For example: Does Chris embody Emerson’s notion of “self-reliance”? 3 FULL pages (You must meet the minimum page requirement. Papers shorter than THREE FULL PAGES will not receive higher than 75%) Double spaced, one inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font Include final works cited list