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Into The Wild Chapter 12 Quotes

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

 

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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:

if this trip proves fatal and you don't ever hear from me again, I want you to know you're a great man. I now walk into the wild. (133-34)

The quote is significant for providing the title of the book. It shows that the title comes from Chris's own consciousness that his Alaskan adventure meant crossing a border into the unknown--crossing into the "wild." It reveals Chris's generosity of spirit when he calls Westerberg "a great man." It also reveals Chris's sense of drama: Chris sees this Alaskan trek as a life or death struggle, which, in fact, it proves to be. Krakauer also notes that some have used the lines about the trip being possibly fatal to argue that Chris was suicidal.

In this chapter, Krakauer wants to prove that Chris had no death wish or suicidal impulse in going by himself to the...

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