Romantics believe their ideals of life are a better guide than reality. They believe life is about following their own emotions, hoping to find themselves throughout their journey. In Jon Krakauer’s novel, Into the Wild, a young man named Christopher “Alex” McCandless goes out into the wild in Alaska, trying to figure himself out but only leads himself to his death. McCandless expresses his unique brand of romanticism through the way he thought things through, his past with his family and his interactions with the people he met during his journey to Alaska. McCandless’ romanticism was reflected on when he interacted with other people on his journey. How he came off on others left an impressionable mark on how he is thought of today. In the story, Westerberg, a man McCandless meets while traveling to Alaska, states, “There was gaps in his thinking,” (Krakauer 63). Westerberg said McCandless was a great kid, but he never saw complete pictures in situations. Krakauer also implies, “Many who knew him have commented, unbidden, that he seemed to have great difficulty seeing the trees as it were, for the forest,” (63). McCandless was able to clearly see what was on the outside of the forest: trees, nature and beauty, But he was never able to comprehend what was on the inside: natural disaster, harmful animals and the harsh cold weather of the wilderness that led him to his death. McCandless therefore saw only the black and white sides of things, never grey. His ideals put him in danger of himself because he could no longer see what reality could have given him.Chris McCandless’ held a strong judgement towards his parents relationship. His parents’ moral hypocrisy and and caused left a deep scar on Chris’ mentality. Krakauer writes, “Their fraudulent marriage and our father’s denial of his other son was for Chris a murder of every day’s truth. These revelations struck at the core of Chris’s sense of identity. They made his entire childhood seem like fiction,” (121-122). McCandless’ sister, Carine, depiction of what Chris spoke to her about indicated McCandless’ relationship with his parents was hard for him to accept because “he could not pardon the mistakes his father had made as a young man, and he was even less willing to pardon the attempt at concealment,” (122). The past marriage his father was in showed Chris his father was weak and so was his current marriage with Chris’ mother. He believed his parents were disrespectful and insulting and they were ignorant towards family values and life goals. Krakauer states, “Children can be harsh judges when it comes to their parents…which was especially true in Chris’s case. More even than most teens, he tended to see things in black and white.” (122). Because McCandless had set up high standards and a “rigorous moral code,” he made it almost impossible for his parents to reach his level of satisfaction. Their unawareness of the burden Chris took on because of their relationship led him into making the decision to go into the wilderness. Children tend to be more gullible and quick to believe that anything can happen. Their qualities make them romantic. They easily believe in things because they only see the information that is given to them, not the bigger picture of situations. When children are being taught the religion given to them by their parents, they are quick to believe it is the only way of life or death because they know listening to their parents is what is best for them. As a child, they have yet to form an opinion on such topics because they haven’t learned everything about the religion and are only using the tools and information given to them. Around 8 years old, religion wasn’t making much sense to me. Questions such as, “What is the sole purpose,” and “Why did the creator of the world want to make it,” couldn’t be answered. The answer was always, “because he loves us,” and it wasn’t meeting my expectations anymore. Because questions such as these couldn’t be answered, a bubble of anxiety began to configure my thoughts, showing the reality of life. Being diagnosed with depression and anxiety made my reality worse. Knowing that I was thinking negatively because of a chemical imbalance in my brain that is not curable made my problems progress. The anxiety has torn down the positives to religion because materialistic things such as gold, milk, honey, music and happiness should not exist in heaven because they were made for man. It is either heaven or Hell for religious romantics but as a realist Heaven and Hell could exist, but there is also a possibility of humans only dying, making the black and white side of romanticism grey. Romantic judgement clouded Chris McCandless’ and other’s minds on how the way things “ought to be” then how reality is. Romanticism gives many people the power to believe in something they want to achieve, but doesn’t give them the tools to carry through with their thoughts. McCandless’ unique brand of romanticism gave him his beautiful dream about the wild, but not the harsh inside of the reality of the wild. In Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, readers can learn that before taking action on their romantic dream, they should know all the steps needed to be taken in order to go through with their ideas.