Why was Chris Theodorakis happy to be selected to play "The Westing Game"?

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Chris Theodorakis is "delighted" to be selected to play the Westing Game because it gives him the opportunity "to be part of the outside world".

Chris Theodorakis is the victim of a crippling disease.  He is intelligent and has an exceptionally astute mind, but he cannot control his ravaged body and is confined to a wheelchair.  Chris must depend on other people, especially his brother Theo, to be understood and to get out into the world.  He spends much of his time in his room bird-watching, and observing the comings-and-goings of the denizens of Sunset Towers and its surroundings.

Chris is thrilled to be included in the Westing Game, and to be partnered with Dr. Denton Deere.  He has recently noticed "a person who limped into the Westing house" whom he thinks might be the murderer; Chris feels he has something to contribute to the mystery, and looks upon this opportunity as something "really exciting, even better than television" (Chapter 7).

bettycake | Student

because he wanted to tell someone who the limper is and to be out instead of alwys being in a wheelchair inside the house