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Topics for Discussion

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Why did McCandless reject his parents' lifestyle?

2. What do you think of McCandless's decision to discard his identity and past life without a backward look? Would you do the same thing if you were in his place, or do you think it would be important to discuss your decision with your family first, even if you were certain that they would try to dissuade you?

3. Pretend that you could speak for McCandless. What would you have to say to Krakauer, his biographer. To his parents?

4. What do you think you would want to say to McCandless if you were his father? If you were his mother?

5. The author believes that McCandless was deeply embittered by his discoveries about his father's past. How do you think he should have handled his discovery?

6. Do you think that Krakauer's empathy for McCandless may have influenced his critical judgement in examining Chris' actions and decisions? Do you think the sympathetic...

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