The book “Into The Wild” written by John Krakauer is about a young boy named Christopher Johnson McCandless who left everything behind including his parents. He burnt all the cash to be independent and to be his own in the nature. He is stubborn by nature and refuse to follow the rules of the government. He changed his real name to Alexander Supertramp and stop calling himself Chris McCandless (Krakauer 23). Moreover, he insists to discover a future for himself by putting own efforts because he did not accept any help from others. McCandless reckoned his road trip from West Virginia and have a desire to visit Alaska. He encounters with risks and adventures in the wild, but he terminates his trip with a tragic death. Chris storyline become a controversial topic, whether he did correct or incorrect by left his family alone. However, he was a non-fictitious man that constructs their own pathways for success. He provides an example of true manhood who is strong, willful, independent and non-judgmental about the women.
The initial aspect of realest manhood is the strength. Alex is mentally and emotionally very strong human being who had a courage and spirit to create innovative ideas that was distinct from other people who just think of sports, business and jobs as their carrier. Alex forms his own directions and source to live in the natural environment. In his letter to Ron Franz, Alex argues that, “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure” (Krakauer 57). He believes that the rage of taking risks and experience is the basis of a male’s vital soul. According to Alex, life is all about ventures and to follow our obsession of dreams. He demanded to go out and see the different views or scenes of the magnificent nature by walk rather than continuing his studies or finding good job. Therefore, He followed his adventure by going to Alaska without any company. In her article Caroline Hanssen reveals the strength of the Alex by saying that “He clearly knew of the danger, McCandless traveled alone with neither topographical map nor feasible exit strategy, and no one knew where he was” (Hanssen 193). In these lines, Hanssen describes that no one was aware of Alex plan of going by own without any proper guide or backup plan, even though he was well known of the hazards. This evidence shows the Alex’s confidence and his ability to face the obstacles. Thus, Alex was a strong and fearless person.
The powerful will is the second feature of masculinity. Alex was unshakeable boy who stand on his own feet for his dreams. As well, he was obstinate for the work he chose first because he never begins his next task until he done with the first one. Westerberg says that, “Once Alex made up his mind about something, there was no changing it” (Krakauer 67). Here Westerberg explains the behavior of his friend Alex that he is the toughest guy who never shifts his plans about the future and keeps on his words. Alex was a willful guy who wants to move around every time and to watch the purity of nature through investing some time alone in it. He fulfilled his desires by spending few months in the wild without any interference of the society and his family. As well, he rejected to go along with the crowd. Molly Hartzog claims that, ‘”His stubbornness was receiving an F for one subject because sic he refused to write an article in the particular way that the teacher had asked”‘ (529). In these lines Hartzog explains that when Alex’s instructor demanded a report in a specific technique, he declined to follow the instructions that are why he failed that course. This adds to his character that he stayed focus and just took care of his own ideas and did not care about low grades. Hence, he always goes after his passion.
Independent also plays a paramount role in the nature of manhood. Alex was a young and individualistic man who neglected his everything which includes his car and parents. He burnt all the cash he had from his family and gave his own savings to the charity. Jon Karkauer reveals that, “Alexander buried his backpack in the desert on 2/27 and entered Las Vegas with no money no ID” and “He lived on the streets with bums, tramps and winos for several weeks” (37). Here, Krakauer shows that Alex wants to be self-sufficient. He hid his carryall under the barren ground and entered a new city where he opened his days like beggars and homeless. Alex belongs to well-healthy family but still he slept on streets. However, he did not call his family to help and neither had he wanted to go back. He continued his journey by trusting himself without begging any help from anyone. He did not even take his family name. He had chosen a new name for himself. He did not want to become burden on anyone, which was the reason he went alone on his journey. Thus, he was following a manhood pathway by becoming independent.
In addition to this, a real man should not be judgmental about somebody. A man should believe in gender equality. It is very important for a man to respect women. Alex was a gentleman, talkative and had a great sense of humor. Westerberg says that, “He didn’t take relationships lightly. He wasn’t the kind of guy who would go out and pick up girls just to get laid (Krakauer 65). Here, he explains that Alex was a guy who respects the women and never used them. He never played with their emotions and took them very seriously. He had no girlfriend but he did have soft corner for girls.
In conclusion, it can be said that masculinity is not about sports, dominancy and anger. Alex was the perfect example of manhood who was strong enough to go alone on his journey and stood by his decision. In his whole trip, he said no to any hand came to help him. He was stubborn to follow his dreams. He had a sense to talk to women and he had never hearted any women intentionally.