Transcendentalism could be described as an abstract and literary movement that focuses on themes of nature and spirituality although going against humanity and materialism. In Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild, following the ideas of transcendentalism is the main character, Chris McCandless. He follows the ideals of transcendentalism by living a basic lifestyle, cutting off ties with society, and devotion to nature and God. McCandless went on an expedition to find a meaning to his life and to know how it feels to truly live. Living a basic life includes eliminating every little thing except for the necessary needs for survival. This relates to McCandless in a way that he doesn’t take any offer of extravagance or materialistic things.
After a flood completely ruined his car, he wasn’t sar or upset, instead he saw this as “An opportunity to shed unnecessary baggage” ( Jon Krakauer 29). McCandless cherished his car, but it was forgotten about instantly because he realized that the flood has allowed him to free something that will make his travels simple. McCandless lost all of his belongings but he wasn’t fazed by it. He didn’t care about the things he lost.
Along with materialistic things is money. Money is like an entry to leisure and acquiring materialistic items, so that is why McCandless had no problem getting rid of it. In order to live a basic lifestyle, any opportunity that allows for higher living must be dodged to live a life of transcendentalism. During his adventures, he met a friend names Jan Burres who suggested that he take a few long underwears and warm clothes when he was leaving. Although he accepted the clothes “He’d pulled it out of his pack when we weren’t looking and hid it up under the seat” (Krakauer 46).
This shows that no one, not even his friends, are capable of getting him to change the way he lives his life. He is committed to living a minimal lifestyle that will lead him closer to the ideals of transcendentalism.