Compare and contrast essay: ITW Movie vs. Book
Since they are based on a true story, the book and movie tell the same basic story. The movie is good but as is usually the case is the book is better. The book includes many details that are absent in the movie. The book gives the reader a much better idea of what motivated Mccandless to the life he chose.
The movie made it easier for people to feel for Chris because he was friendly and gentle. It allowed people to admire him for pursuing, his dreams. However, the book made it seem like he was foolish and selfish, and was caught up in this illogical mindset. “Roman, Andrew, and I stay up well past midnight, trying to make sense of McCandless’s life and death, yet his essence remains slippery, vague, elusive.”(p. 186) This left people to think that he deserved to die for his arrogance. While portrayed as a harsh character in the book, Chris’ father Walt is seen as an even harder character in the movie, they pushed Walt’s character even more, adding more tension between Chris and himself.
Both the book and movie tell a story about a twenty four year old guy named Chris McCandless who changed his name to Alex Supertramp. Graduating from college ran away burning his cash and donating his savings, To search for a life of independence and spiritual freedom. "McCandless went into the wilderness not primarily to ponder nature or the world at large but, rather, to explore the inner country of his own soul." (p. 183) Throughout the whole book, and movie it shows us the adventure and experience he went through, and the journey he embarked on. This quote from the book shows Chris' desire to be free and embark on his adventure,
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