The Movie "Into The Wild" ~ A Study of Schizophrenia?
Posted Jan 07 2009 6:51pm
I spent my Spring Break watching some movies.
One of them that left an impression was the 2007 film Into The Wild
It is the true story of Christopher McCandless - a twenty two year old man, who decided to leave everything and everyone behind to travel across the United States to live in the Alaskan wilderness.
What struck me was that this was NOT a story of an idealistic visionary but rather a young man with Schizophrenia.
Schizophrenia frequently surfaces in late adolescence, often making its impact in college age individuals. It is an illness that distorts the ability to think clearly, and is often accompanied by hallucinations &/or delusions, among other symptoms. Schizophrenia is generally stereotyped. Versions of maniacal people cringing in paranoia or hiding in shadows are never accurate depictions. In my opinion, Christopher McCandless was experiencing Schizophrenia, not an unbridled zest for an unencumbered life.
His story is tragic for many, many reasons.
If you saw the movie or read the book, tell me what you think.