The Krakauer theme that has the most relevance to me is the allure of high risk activity. I myself am a very conservative person when it comes to public appearance. I tend to shy away from risky behaviors around people that I do not know or feel comfortable around. However, my personality does a 180 whenever I'm around close friends or family members. Around close friends, I tend to do risky behaviors such as vandalism or other destructive tendencies. This had led me to be pulled over by the police multiple times yet I've never been given a ticket. The lure of high risk activities has a real drawing factor to me.
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Out of all three of Krakauer's identified themes grip of the wilderness sticks out the most. When think of the wilderness out outdoors freedom, beauty, peace comes to mind. When standing in the middle of a forest or over looking a isolated lake a feeling of being grounded over whelms the body. This is due to the roots humans hold with earth along with overflowing beauty the world holds in nature. Through the sights and emotions wilderness insinuates one becomes infatuated with the many unknowns and stillness of mother nature.
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The grip of wilderness is the concept which holds the most relevance to me. There is so many places in the world, which I have not explored that I want to see. I live near a city, so I do not get to see much of nature. The novel is set in Alaska in the wilderness, which is a place that most people will never get to see or explore. The wilderness is a place that people have not explored and people are drawn to.
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The concept that holds most relevant to me is gripping of the wilderness. There are many people who enjoy being out in a truly natural state where you can explore the natural wilderness that has been unharmed. There's something that you feel that is hard to describe when your in the wild. You feel more powerful with your decisions and more free in the mind. We as humans have a survival/ exploring extinct and when you feel that you are truly alone in the wild and everything is up to you, that is something that is relevant to me.
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The act of survival is something that not everyone seems to like, being out in the wilderness alone without any McDonald's restaurants near by to eat from. Without any civilization to fall back on if we fail, just you relying on your own abilities. Personally the idea of surviving is interesting to me, it is enjoyable to be away from home out in the quiet woods or enjoying a hike up in the Appalachians. I don't think I could make it on my own out in the wild but it is fun to be outside alone without the constant noise of the city. Enjoying nature is relevant to me because of how rarely people get out of the hustle and bustle of the city to appreciate what this world has to offer. It is often forgotten how peaceful it can be outside of the normal working day. That is why grip of the wilderness is relevant today.
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Throughout chapter one of Jon Krakauer's novel "Into the Wild" there is an evident theme: grip of wilderness, allure of high risk activities, and charged bond of father/son. Personally, the most important part of this theme is grip of wilderness, which means to be in touch with the nature surrounding yourself. My family gets a special thrill when we travel to different lands and areas. We recently traveled "out west" for three weeks where we were able to experience all sorts of activities in the wilderness that brought us all closer together. We white water rafted in Colorado, hiked in San Francisco, and zip lined through Arizona. Through all of these wild adventures we were able to connect with the land and with each other. Through all of the activities on our "out west" trip we were able to get a "grip of wilderness" together.
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In Krakauer's authors note, he identified three themes: grip of wilderness, allure of high risk activity, and charged bond between father/son. Of the three, the theme that felt the most relevant to me would be the grip of wilderness. Whether it's going for a hike or camping, nature has always took up a majority of my time. The thought of going out into the wilderness where you wouldn't have access to any technology would make most feel uncomfortable, but in my opinion, it sounds very comforting. Knowing I always have the opportunity to leave all my stress behind and just walk out into the wilderness to clear my head makes me feel a great sense of peace.
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The theme that fits my lifestyle is definitely the grip of the wilderness. The wilderness and outdoors is a big part of what makes me who I am. I love animals and exploring in the wilderness. It makes me rely on myself and instincts and really challenges my decisions so I don't get lost. I love hunting and fishing and getting out in the wild really makes me respect these animals because of what they have to do to survive, it is truly fascinating to me. It is important for people to get outside and explore things instead of sitting inside and playing video games. Our generation is becoming lazy and would rather be inside, but I am not one of those kind of people.
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In Krakauer's author note from Into the Wild, he proposed a crucial theme of the "grip of the wilderness" strikes some readers with great curiosity. Modern day society has created an artificial environment with grand buildings, air conditioning, heat, transportation, etc. which hinders domesticated humans from exploring the wilderness, yet the connection between a human today and someone who lived on Earth thousands of years ago is surprisingly great. Nature is seen as a beauty with wonderful plants, enormous mountains, the endless sea, and diverse animals, and many people have extreme interest in this climate compared to the materialistic world. The wilderness can be peaceful yet hostile, quiet yet loud, and exploration creates excitement for many.
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The most relevant concept that shapes "Into the Wild" is charged family relationships. In many families it can be seen that mothers and daughters or sons and fathers have a different relationship than if it were switched to father and daughter or mother and son. These relationships can heat up and become extremely intense very fast. Children have a mind of their own but parents may believe their child should behave a certain way or act according to what they believe. It hasn't been explained in the novel yet but the charged relationship between McCandless and his father could be one of the reasons he longed to escape his reality and ultimately led to his death.
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The captivating grip the wilderness has on people is fueled by their curiosity to explore. Humans have always lived to conquer the wilderness and explore, thus allowing them to expand their territory. People also explore the wilderness in order to tune in with their natural instincts and having to use their problem solving skills in order to survive. Surviving in the wild comes with thousands of challenges that can help someone someone may not have to experience living in the city and therefore conquering the wilderness is an accomplishment that almost everyone would want to have such as climbing Mt. Everest and going down the Amazon or Nile river.
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Of the three identified themes, the one that relates to me the most is the allurement of high risk activity. The surge of adrenaline that pulses through your body when you know that partaking in such hobbies isn't permitted. The reward can be within the mind or a tangible item. Whether it's receiving an actual prize for succeeding or it can just be the personal satisfaction of following through farther than you expected. Engaging in high risk activity stimulates a chemical high for me that will never get old.
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The allure of the wilderness is the most capturing theme to me. The thought of getting away from the mushy life that is provided for us is exhilarating. Being on your own and relying on yourself allows you to become more confident in who you are and what you're capable of. This theme represents total freedom, of those freedoms there is the most important: freedom from social standards. It is the most amazing experience and is a dream for many.
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Personally the allure of high risk activity is most relevant. Some people question why the character would want to give up everything, knowing he came from a well- off family and that he gave up a hefty amount of money from his savings account. This challenge of being "unconnected" from society with no "nets" so to speak, such as, money or even his family's last name which could potentially help him on his adventure, forced him to be accountable for himself, but mostly instilled a sense of care-free personality, because his only focus was on his journey. The character wanted the thrill of bearing the harsh conditions of his journey and enduring the conditions of the Alaskan bush wilderness. Perhaps he was on a suicide mission and his last commitment was to himself to connect with the earth and experience a spiritual journey.
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High risk of activity seems the most relevant to people now but, only to younger people. It seems as though younger people want to live a little by doing things that can make their heart race by doing something that seems a little dangerous to some but great and exhilirating to others. High risk activities make people feel like they're actually doing something with their lives while they're young and living it "to the fullest."
The concept of allured high risk activity holds the most relevance to me. Most teenagers, especially boys, are drawn into doing high risk activities. This may be because males brains tend to mature around 25 years old. The reason they do these "high risk things" is because they don't know better and their brain isn't fully matured. When a group of teenage guys are all together, they tend to follow each other and don't have as much individual, clear thoughts. Being a teenage boy in today's society, I can testify that this is very true. Teenage boys tend to lean to the dangerous activities because their lack of developed brains make it seem like their risky behaviors are fine and normal.
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The alure to high risk activities holds most relevance in my life. At the age of six, going down a steep gravel hill with training wheels on my bike seemed like it was a good idea, until my face was buried in a cement block. Another way dangerous activities intrest me is that skydiving out of a perfectly good plane seems like it would be fun. The reason that these activites hold such high vaule in my life is because it makes me understand that life is important but shouldn't be coveted. Insted, it should be used to have fun even if that fun might end your fun for good. So for the forseable future, danger is going to be my main form of entertainment.
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The concept that holds the most relevance to my being is the allure of high risk activities. My life revolves around the idea of excitement and adrenaline rushed exertion. Given that the activities that I pursue are not to what individuals think of as extreme or high risk, the true definition of risk is "a situation involving exposure to danger." Danger is everywhere in today's society ranging from going to school to extracurricular activities to hanging out with friends. Partaking in two extracurricular's at a time my body is exposed to internal and external harm from head to toe. Repeating these actions because the adrenaline and contentment control my existence, I am consumed by the attraction of enjoyment from risky behavior.
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The concept that most allures the youth today seems to be high risk activities. People nowadays always seem do be doing high adrenaline rushing things to make them feel "alive" in a sense. Why they might need this adrenaline is due to school and their lives being so scheduled and repetitive making them feel better about themselves. Teens don't really see consequences for their actions, if you're basing it off of what's considered bad high risk things. The growing brain in teen years is expanding in curiosity but not fully developed so it's lacking a part of showing how to cope with things and how to handle the energy they have.
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Out of the three concepts Krakauer, the grip of wilderness I feel fits me best. Being able to go outside and look how beautiful the outdoors truly are, not having to sit and worry about all the stress of the real world. The outdoors is so peaceful, seeing all the animals and bugs roaming around. Feeling the breeze through my hair, relaxing. Trying to see all the animal prints pushed into the mud. Watching the wind blow the leaves, making them fall to the ground. The most gorgeous sight anyone could ever see.
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The male population are naturally drawn to risky activities. They pursue risky behaviors because of the benefit that is believed to come from from the behavior. They are willing to take a chance, risking potential harm, because of the appeal of the reward. Sometimes the risk is taken on accident. They believe that the action they are taking is not a risky behavior when in all reality it does have a risk of potential harm.
The theme that Krakauer identifies and holds the most relevance to me is the allure of high risk activity. Being able to go out and have fun and get my adrenaline rushing has always been something I enjoy. I think this is also relevant to most teenagers today. We all enjoy risky activities, it's almost as if it's what makes us teenagers. Adrenaline is like an addictive drug and people are constantly looking for ways to get their adrenaline pumping. This usually results in doing risky behaviors.