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brew1212 | eNoter

Posted March 5, 2012 at 3:24 AM via web

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What are 2 pieces of evidence from "Into the Wild", that connects it to quote by Thoreau from book Walden, "Our life is frittered away by detail.....

Two pieces of evidence must come from two different places in the book- can be a specific action, decision, or belief of Chris McCandless. The full quote by Thoreau is "Outr life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count mora than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and kepp your accounts on your thumb-nail.

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slcollins | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted March 5, 2012 at 4:06 AM (Answer #1)

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One early example that supports Thoreau's quote is when Gallien is trying to give Alex/Chris a watch, comb and some money. Alex responds with "If you don't take it, I'm going to throw it away," ... "I don't want to know what time it is. I don't want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters" (page 7). This is obviously his attempt to be done with structure and details that bog down his life.

Another example appears at the end of the book, when Krakauer is recounting what the inside of the bus looks like. He notes this grafitto, which is apparently part of a Roger Miller song: "Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road..." (179). This is another support of his desire to live a simple life where possessions are not the most important thing, not even a thing at all, really.

Krakauer, Into the Wild. New York, Anchor Books:1996. Print.

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