Two popular novels that are read in English literature today are Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.
Both these books share three valuable comparisons. One being that both protagonists go on a self-evolving and physical journey, another that both the fathers in the novel share demanding relationships with their sons, and the lessons that both boys learned. A journey does not have to be simply walking through the woods. It can actually be a person going through an internal transformation.
In Into the Wild and The Road Chris McCandles and the young boy go through their own transformations on their journey.The young boys matures over the course of his journey with his changing relationship with his father begins to affect his growing maturity. At the beginning of the novel, the boy looks to his father for knowledge and guidance. However, as he gains new experiences the boy learns to use his own judgment and can assess whether his father is speaking the truth.
He begins to question his father’s honesty on such matters ass whether or not they are truly the “good guys” and asserts his own opinion when believing that they should help other people.The boy continues to love and trust his father, even while he begins to have and more reservation about his father’s choices. In a sense, when it is time for the father to die is when the son is mature enough to make his own moral decisions for the future. Chris McCandles journey to Alaska brought forth the idea of happiness from only nature itself. Alexander Supertramp isolated himself from conformity and the rest of the society.
Alexander’s goal was to fully understand what true happiness and escape the rest of the world. His journey to Alaska was a journey within a journey.During his journey to Alaska Alexander Supertramp was still trying out to be independent. His journey was very symbolic, as Alexander he could finally judge and see the world through its true nature, by living without the comforts and support system provided by his wealth. Both young boys show a change in character on their journey and although they did many hours of walking and hiking they truly evolve as different people. Parents can have influencing decisions on children when they are still at a small age of being dependent on others.All throughout The Road the father constantly tells his son the next route on the journey, who to and to not trust, and decisions he must make.
Ever since the day where the whole world diminished the father began to map out of the route the two men would take leaving his son with no room for his input. The father would never let his son be an open-minded individual and get to know people for who they are. A prime example of this is when the men stumble open a poor, old, dirty man sitting on the ground of their path with hardly any clothing on and his bone deteriorating.
The father believes the vagabond is trying to steal food and the son believes he truly just needs help. The boy finds it in his heard to give the man a jar of peaches but his father is very hesitant and insist that the boy must not continue speaking to the homeless man and too specifically not ask him to dinner. The young boy crushed by his fathers ignorance and crude behavior begins to see a change in his father and really trust if his father is trying to protect the both of them or just scared of getting to know people.At the end of the story when the father passes away he passes on the torch to his son to be able to make executive decisions and all of the controlling of his father in the past was to just protect him and guide for the choices he will have to make in the future. Although readers are only introduced a minimal amount the Chris McCandles father in Into the WIld audience members are able to predict he was controlling.
Chris’s had many reasons to taking a trip to Alaska however one vital reason he left was to escape his father.Chris’s father was always trying to pay his son off with gifts and just make sure everything in his life was perfect. By things being perfect Mr. McCandles thought that meant having a new car, a good education, receiving large amounts of money, and living in a wealthy environment. Not once did Walt McCandles ever care to ask what Chris wanted or how he wanted to spend his time, money, and life. Every resolution was made by his father. When Chris went into the wild he was able to find out answers for himself and not be pressured to follow and legacies or rituals his family wanted him to achieve.
Even though Mr. McCandles never dies his existence in Chris’s life does. Rarely did Chris ever speak of his father and never felt pressured to listen to the advice of elders.
Chris truly began to fend for himself just like the young boy after he was abandoned from everything. For better or for worse both boys never had to have the constraining words of their fathers being a burden on them. Lastly, both main characters learn lessons in the end of their journeys. They share one that is similar.
It has to do with letting certain people in, who to trust, opening up, and letting others into their lives. When both the boys were gone from all civilization and people they were all alone. Being alone may be a good thing at times but the boys really did need company and someone to share their stories with but not be too overpowering.
A man sees the young boy wandering the deserted beach after his father died and begins to ask boy question. The young boy uses his protective instincts but slowly begins to open his heart up and take what the older man in saying genuinely.The boy knows that nobody will be able to replace his father but he should at least take the time and get to know the family that wants to “adopt” him. Almost the same exact scenario happens with Chris McCandles. Chris felt extremely close to one character which was Ronald Frantz. The two devolved a slow relationship but began to spend a lot of time together. The two grow so close that Frantz wants to adopt Chris. Even though Chris began to open his hear and take the advice of others he had to say no the legally becoming his but the two would catch up again when Chris arrived in Alaska.
Regardless, when Chris passes away he allowed another man to enter his world without any pre-judged misconceptions and not relating every man he met along the way to his father. The similarities and comparisons in these stories are evident and both share important and realistic information that may be performed in readers and audience members daily lives. Both characters did not always have a pessimistic attitude they grew to become optimistic not only throughout their journeys but in their souls as well.