Into the Wild Questions and Answers

Into the Wild

The fact that Chris McCandless goes by the name “Alexander Supertramp” while on the road is very telling. It gives us a clear indication that he does not want to be associated with his family, or...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2020, 4:07 pm (UTC)

4 educator answers

Into the Wild

Chris's parents, Billie and Walt, reveal throughout the novel that they are people with conventional moral and social views, who have never deeply questioned the norms and values of US society....

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021, 12:07 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Into the Wild

At the end of chapter 8, the point is made that to fully understand the McCandless tragedy, we must look to other explorers or young men “cut from the same exotic cloth.” With this in mind, the...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2021, 7:53 pm (UTC)

4 educator answers

Into the Wild

Westerberg was arrested for selling illegal signal descramblers for satellite TV. These boxes made it possible for people to watch satellite television without paying for a subscription. Westerberg...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021, 12:38 pm (UTC)

5 educator answers

Into the Wild

Krakauer's life and McCandless's life are similar in a few ways. Concretely, there is the similarity that both men decided to venture out, alone, into the wilds of Alaska. Both men did so at...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015, 3:47 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

I am reading this book in an online format, and in my version, this quote appears on page 40. However, since you are probably looking at a different version, it's probably more helpful to tell you...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2021, 8:28 pm (UTC)

4 educator answers

Into the Wild

Jan and Bob are “a pair of drifters” who happen upon Chris McCandless on US Highway 101. Jan becomes one of the few people who Chris McCandless writes to. Bob is her boyfriend. We first meet Jan...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2021, 8:14 am (UTC)

4 educator answers

Into the Wild

To some extent, Chris's fateful journey into the Alaskan wilderness represents a decisive rejection of his parents and their values. Chris's parents lead a fairly comfortable, middle-class...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2021, 12:26 pm (UTC)

4 educator answers

Into the Wild

For a mystical thinker like Thoreau, truth is not to be found in the here and now, in the everyday world in which we live. It is transcendent; it lies beyond the restrictive bounds of our normal,...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2020, 9:43 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

Chris was disgusted with his parents’ materialism and moral hypocrisy. He felt that his father used money to manipulate people, and he himself felt manipulated to achieve and excel in high school...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2017, 2:20 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer, the author of Into the Wild, provides readers with only a few clues and suggestions as to the true nature of the relationship between Chris and his father; this omission was...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019, 11:38 am (UTC)

5 educator answers

Into the Wild

In Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, Krakauer recounts the tale of Christopher Johnson McCandless. McCandless, who often used the alias Alexander Supertramp, died in the Alaskan wilderness at the age...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2011, 11:20 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

Chris McCandless was very much a person who lived by his words. For example, when he arrived at Carthage, we learn that: He told Westerberg he planned on staying until April 15, just long enough...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2018, 7:21 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

The page numbers appearing in any novel depend on the particular edition selected. In the case of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, there are numerous editions by many publishers. When searching the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020, 2:28 pm (UTC)

4 educator answers

Into the Wild

The short answer is not much, and sadly, not enough for him to survive. He had basic clothes, personal care items, camping supplies, and a tent with him before he hitchhiked from Carthage, South...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2016, 10:57 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

The quote appears near the end of chapter six. In this chapter, Krakauer includes a long and impassioned letter from McCandless to Ronald Franz. The quote is in the third paragraph of that...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2016, 1:54 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

Chris is a strong-willed, charismatic character. He is a young person with decided opinions and heartfelt convictions, who has been heavily influenced by anti-establishment, idealistic thinkers...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2017, 1:01 pm (UTC)

4 educator answers

Into the Wild

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is the story of Chris McCandless, a young man from an upper middle class family who desired to live a simple, self-sufficient life. The story is not told in strict...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2016, 8:24 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

Chris McCandless was a stubborn and wilful child, with a taste for adventure even from an early age. In Chapter 11, it is revealed that he had taken himself in to a neighbor’s house in the middle...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2012, 11:24 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

The two reasons that you have listed are good reasons for why Chris McCandless wanted to go out into the wilderness. Keep in mind that McCandless's passion to be out in the wilderness did end up...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019, 2:45 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Into the Wild

McCandless is left behind and for a while cannot secure another ride as he takes much time to soak in the Liard River Hot Springs. He ignores Stuckey’s advice about the snow. Stuckey tells...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2015, 2:37 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

Chris’s mother says half way into the book, “I just don’t understand why he had to take those kind of chances. … I just don’t understand it at all” (132). Krakauer’s placement of the grieving...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2008, 8:58 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

The opening interactions between Chris McCandless and Jim Gallien hold some solid quotes that support the idea that McCandless is more foolish than adventurous. Readers are told that Gallien is an...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019, 2:30 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Into the Wild

Jim Gallien is an electrician who picked up the hitchhiking Chris McCandless and gave him a ride to the Stampede Trail, where McCandless walked into the wilderness. Gallien's experience with...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016, 2:21 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

This quote comes in Chapter Six, in the letter that Chris McCandless wrote to Ron Franz. Franz befriended Chris and they became fast friends, although Chris intentionally remained detached to avoid...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2012, 6:44 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

Chris leaves his home in chapter four of Into the Wild. His life prior to that point had been a fairly normal, suburban one—growing up in the middle class and attending college. After graduating...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019, 3:10 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

One way of answering this question would be to look at the letter that Chris writes to Ron Franz, the man who was so impressed and taken with Chris that he even offered to adopt him. Note what...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2012, 6:50 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

Chris's adherence to the ascetic principles set forth by the likes of Henry Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy set him on a path of self-righteous rejection of the rampant materialism with which he was...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018, 12:27 pm (UTC)

4 educator answers

Into the Wild

From chapter 11, I like the following quote. "His teacher pulled us aside and told us that 'Chris marches to a different drummer.'" This is a good quote because it shows readers that Chris's...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2017, 4:19 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

Chris ultimately seeks true happiness and finding the meaning of life. Chris loves the works of transcendentalist writers and Jack London, and he believes that society has obfuscated happiness. He...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019, 9:33 pm (UTC)

4 educator answers

Into the Wild

Christopher McCandles carried several books when he set off on his journey. These include; • Education of a wandering man by Louis L'Amour • Walden by Henry David Thoreau • Dr Zhivago by Boris...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2015, 3:31 pm (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

In January 1993, Outside magazine published Krakauer's article about McCandless's death. It became the magazine's most read story ever and sparked a debate about whether McCandless was a visionary...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2017, 12:00 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Into the Wild

During chapter 6 of Into the Wild, Chris meets and speaks with Ron Franz. Ron spent a great deal of time with Chris while Chris was up North, and the two had become close. However, when Chris was...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2019, 1:15 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Into the Wild

Chris has the shattering experience of learning for the first time on a cross-country trip that his father had another family Chris had never heard of. At the same time that he and his sister were...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2021, 1:21 pm (UTC)

4 educator answers

Into the Wild

According to the author, Jon Krakauer, the last thing that Chris wrote was "I HAVE HAD A HAPPY LIFE AND THANK THE LORD. GOODBYE AND MAY GOD BLESS ALL!" (Krakauer, pg199) What Chris...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2008, 11:15 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

Like Christopher McCandless, Thoreau turned his back on what he perceived as a false, corrupt urban civilization in order to get closer to nature. He romanticized the natural world, seeing it as a...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2018, 6:25 am (UTC)

3 educator answers

Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer's initial 1993 article in Outside magazine on Chris McCandless's death became one of the most read and commented on stories in the history of that publication. Many readers contended...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018, 2:09 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Into the Wild

The general reaction to Krakauer's article in Outside magazine is one of hostility towards Christopher McCandless. The consensus seems to be that Chris was, at best, a romantic fool, and at worst,...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019, 8:54 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

Early in Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer's book about Chris McCandless, the young man from the well-to-do family who eschewed materialism in favor of an itinerant life on the road, and who would die,...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2017, 4:09 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

Chris McCandless headed out on his adventure, after graduating from college, in a 1982 Datsun with 128,000 miles on it. He thought it a perfectly good car, and, as he wrote to his sister, Carine,...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2018, 12:46 am (UTC)

2 educator answers

Into the Wild

Chapter 12 of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild opens with a quotation from Henry David Thoreau: Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me the truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019, 9:51 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Into the Wild

A number of details from Chris's youth give clues to his nature and foreshadow his actions as an adult. Chris's sister Carine says that "even when we were little, he was very to himself...he...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2008, 11:31 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

In chapter four of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, the author is able to trace the early adventures of Chris McCandless from the time he leaves Atlanta until he "entered Las Vegas with no money and...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2016, 4:41 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

One of the central beliefs that Chris McCandless held in his life as he journeyed around America was that he should be independent and self-reliant, based on Emerson's concept of self-reliance....

Latest answer posted December 4, 2013, 6:01 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

In Into the Wild, Chris had learned how to take care of himself much better than before throughout his time in the wilderness. Early on, he had made many mistakes, but he was growing more...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2019, 6:39 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Into the Wild

On a literal level, Chris McCandless's biggest challenge was his final one: fronting the Alaskan wilderness alone, where he met unexpected hardships and had to cope with the inevitability of death...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2019, 12:00 am (UTC)

3 educator answers

Into the Wild

After weeks of tramping the American Southwest following his graduation from Emory University, Christopher McCandless arrives at the town of Topock, Arizona. There, he impulsively buys a secondhand...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2010, 4:09 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

Krakauer uses the tales of others to reflect that McCandless was not insane, but was driven by a force which compels many young men. In chapter 8, we see the criticism which surrounded McCandless’...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2012, 7:51 am (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

I will address your final question below. In Into the Wild, Krakauer’s account of his attempt to climb Devil’s Thumb as a young man helps the reader associate him with his portrayal of Chris...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2015, 1:36 pm (UTC)

1 educator answer

Into the Wild

In Into the Wild, journalist Jon Krakauer pieces together the experiences of various people who met Christopher McCandless to paint a fuller picture of his character and his journey to Alaska....

Latest answer posted March 13, 2020, 12:55 pm (UTC)

3 educator answers

Showing 1-50 of 442