Into The Wild Chapter 12 Quotes

What are some significant quotes from Chapters 12-14 of "Into the Wild"?

 

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Chapter 12-14 deal with Chris’ tempestuous relationship with his parents. Walt and Billie in particular reflect on what drove their son to his fatal end. Walt notes that-

Chris was good at almost everything he tried…which made him supremely overconfident. (p118)

Their observations assist the reader, and Krakauer, in understanding McCandless’ character-

Many aspects of Chris’ personality baffled his parents. He could be generous and caring to a fault, but he had a darker side as well, characterized by monomania, impatience, and unwavering self-absorption, (p120)

His sister Carine explains that Chris ruminated on his anger, particularly towards his parents-

He’d keep it to himself, harbouring his resentment, letting the bad feelings build and build. (p121)

Carine suggests that Chris’ risk taking may have been tempered if he had taken his dog with him. The dog was recovering from an accident and Chris had asked his parents if he could take him, but they refused. They later feel that having the dog with him may have saved Chris’ life-

Chris didn’t think twice about risking his own life, but he never would have put Buckley in any danger. There’s no wayhe would have taken the same kind of chances if Buck had been with him. (p128)

Chris’ mother Billie was frustrated at her son’s attraction to danger, and says in chapter 13-

I just don’t understand why he had to take those kind of chances,(p132)

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