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In Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, in what ways did Chris McCandless show his compassion...

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chara101su | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2012 at 3:23 AM via web

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In Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, in what ways did Chris McCandless show his compassion for others?

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lschertz | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Chris McCandless showed his compassion through his sense of black and white.  McCandless saw the world as black and white, and he felt that people with money were vile, and those without it were to be shown compassion. He lacked the ability to show his parents compassion, because he was busy resenting were and what they were. But, in high school,

"on weekends...McCandless would wander the seedier quarters of Washington, chatting with prostitutes and homeless people, buying them meals, earnestly suggesting ways they might improve their lives" (p. 113)

His mother stated that Chris did not understand how people in this country could be allowed to go hungry. He was very compassionate toward their plight and wanted to help them.  More than just feeding them and befriending them, he wanted to help them improve their lives.

He also talked a lot about the upheaval in South Africa and how he'd like to go over there and help end it.

McCandless showed a lot of compassion to people whom he believed really needed his help.  On the other hand, he lacked all compassion for those he believed had money and wealth.

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