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Why is chapter 10- Faribanks of "Into The Wild" particularly short in length? Could...

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Posted March 13, 2012 at 2:06 AM via web

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Why is chapter 10- Faribanks of "Into The Wild" particularly short in length? 
Could there be an underlying purpose to it's length? Does is contribute to the theme?

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted May 24, 2012 at 10:53 PM (Answer #1)

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Chapter 10 is shorter as it is mainly concerned with the identification of the body in the bus being that of Chris McCandless. Chris had painstakingly tried to become a new person – Alexander Supertramp – and distance himself from his previous life. It is possible that Krakauer was respecting Chris’ belief that his identity was not the most important part of his story. McCandless wanted to be free from the labels of society and he was keen to leave his old life behind. He had carefully planned his withdrawal from society, keeping his departure secret  from his family and severing all contact with them once his adventure had begun.

Chris McCandless was a very spiritual young man. He would have considered his body to be a vessel for his soul, rather than representing him as a whole. Krakauer notes of Chris’ journey-

At long last he was unencumbered, emancipated from the stifling world of his parents and his peers,

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