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Into the Wild

In Into the Wild, how does Chris McCandless feel about his family, and how does Chris's family feel about him? Are...

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

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Into the Wild

In Into the Wild, how is Krakauer's life related to McCandless'?

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

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Into the Wild

In 'Into The Wild',what are some quotes by Chris's parents that give their moral and social views?

Walt and Billie, Chris McCandless's parents, did not understand their son very well and placed far greater value on material goods than he did. They grew up poor and wanted the kind of material...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2017 7:21 pm UTC

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Into the Wild

Ron Franz

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

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Wayne Westerberg

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

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Into the Wild

What was Chris's relationship with his parents like?

Chris McCandless had a difficult, strained relationship with his parents and became estranged from them for the last two years of his life. Chris's father was a successful, intelligent man, who...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018 1:56 pm UTC

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Into the Wild

In Into the Wild, why did Chris McCandless hate his parents?

It's not so much that Chris hates his parents as that he hates the lifestyle they lead and the values they embody. Of course, he harbors a certain degree of resentment towards them for their...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020 6:30 am UTC

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Into the Wild

How would you describe Chris's personality in 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

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Into the Wild

On which page of Into the Wild does the quote about "the core of man's spirit" appear?

On page 57 of Into the Wild, Chris McCandless writes, "The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure." He writes this in a letter mailed from South Dakota to his friend...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017 7:06 pm UTC

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Into the Wild

Who are Jan and Bob?

Jan Burres is a forty-one-year-old "rubber tramp" who sells her wares at flea markets throughout the West. Bob is her boyfriend. They are introduced in Chapter Four of Into the Wild. After...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2017 7:01 am UTC

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Describe Chris's relationship with his father and whether you think it had something to do with his behavior in Into...

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

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In Into the Wild, how did Chris McCandless feel about his family of origin?

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

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What are two quotes in chapter 7 from Into The Wild which prove that McCandless actually lives by his words or not?  

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

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In Into the Wild, what are some quotes that represent characteristics of Chris's parents?

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

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In what chapter of Into the Wild does McCandless give his money to charity?

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

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Into the Wild

Where in the book Into the Wild does the following quote occur? "So many people live within unhappy circumstances and...

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

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Into the Wild

What supplies did Chris McCandless bring to Alaska in 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

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What are the main characteristics of Christopher McCandless? I hope you can also help me with  the characterization...

You're right. Chris McCandless is a difficult character to characterize. McCandless is quite an ethereal character, always evading our grasp as readers. He even speaks about himself in the third...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2015 8:45 pm UTC

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Into the Wild

What are the various miscalculations and mistakes McCandless made in chapters 16 to 18?

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

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Into the Wild

What was Chris McCandless from Into The Wild like as a child?

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

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Into the Wild

What did Jim Gallien think about Chris?  

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

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Into the Wild

On what page in the book Into the Wild can this quote be found: "Happiness only real when shared"? What book did...

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

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Into the Wild

In "Into the Wild", what similarities and differences do you see between Chris and Ruess, Waterman, McCunn, and...

Krakauer mentions these men in an attempt to better understand McCandless's motivations. These men were similar in that they all went into the wilderness alone and eventually died, but their...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 1:53 pm UTC

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Into the Wild

In the book Into The Wild how does Chris McCandless reject society?

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

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Into the Wild

From Into the Wild, what are "rubber tramps" and "leather tramps?"

The "tramp" is a figure in the American mythos of the open road. A tramp lives a nomadic existence, having no fixed abode. Although the term is to a degree synonymous with "vagabond" or "vagrant,"...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2017 1:58 pm UTC

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Into the Wild

In the end of "Into the Wild", what does Christopher learn? The whole movie he is carving a message into a...

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

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Into the Wild

Chapter 8 opens with some reactions from people to the article about McCandless that Krakauer published in Outside...

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

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Into the Wild

How is Henry David Thoreau related to 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

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Into the Wild

What books did McCandless bring on his journey?

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

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Into the Wild

In the book Into the Wild, why does Chris McCandless abandon the Datsun, and why was the discovery of the car important?

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

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Into the Wild

What are some of the beliefs Chris held in Into the Wild? Explain.

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

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Into the Wild

Describe the trip Christopher McCandless took with the canoe in the book 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

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Into the Wild

Why did Chris McCandless go 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

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In what chapter does Chris McCandless leave his home after graduating from college? Specifically, in what chapter...

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

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Into the Wild

What are some important quotes from chapters 6-8 of Into the Wild?

I would personally say that there are two important quotes in these chapters, but of course, you have asked a very subjective question, so I would recommend that you read these chapters yourselves...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2011 3:08 am UTC

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Into the Wild

Where during Into the Wild does Ron Franz talk to Chris McCandless about adoption?

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

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Into the Wild

Into The Wild Chapter 12 Quotes

Since chapters 12 and 13 have been covered, I will focus on chapter 14. In this chapter, Krakauer records that Chris McCandless writes a postcard to his friend Wayne Westerberg, in which he says:...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2017 11:27 am UTC

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Into the Wild

In Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, why did Chris decide to settle down in Bullhead City? What significance did this...

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

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Into the Wild

Where from Into the Wild is the following quote? "You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from...

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

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What is a good thesis statement for the book Into the Wild?

Krakauer's book emerged out of an article for he wrote about Chris McCandless's death that created a hot debate over whether McCandless was a fool or a sage. Audiences were divided: some argued...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2019 12:58 pm UTC

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Into the Wild

What was Chris McCandless's purpose for going into the wild? Did he discover or fulfill what he was looking for?

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

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Into the Wild

In Into the Wild, what are some quotes that support the idea that Chris McCandless is foolish?

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

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Into the Wild

In Into the Wild, how can McCandless’ feelings about his family be contrasted with his family’s feelings about him?...

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

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Should the charges about Krakauer be taken seriously in Chapter 8? Why or why not?   consider how the story of the...

You mean the charges against McCandless? Kraukauer is the author. This chapter seems to be a digression from the McCandless story, as Krakauer pads his novel with filler material, tangential...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2010 11:49 pm UTC

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Into the Wild

What is the main idea of Into the Wild?

Jon Krakauer chronicles the adventures of a unique, enthusiastic young man named Chris McCandless, also known as Alexander Supertramp, as he hitchhikes throughout the western United States before...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 11:29 am UTC

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Into the Wild

What are some important quotes from Chapters 9-11 of "Into the Wild"? Need Page Number

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

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Into the Wild

Some view the postcards Chris sent to his friends as evidence that he was suicidal. Make a case that Chris was not...

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

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Krakauer insists that he wont claim to be an impartial biographer. What kind of book do you think an impartial...

Krakauer's partiality is apparent in the way he dramatizes his account of "Alex's" journey. This dramatization is evident from the first page: A rifle protruded from the young man's backpack, but...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2011 10:18 am UTC

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What are two specific details from McCandless' childhood/high school years that help explain his actions as an adult...

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

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What is the purpose of using the stories of other people in chapters 8-9? What do you think is Krakauer's reasoning...

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

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