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Into the Wild Chapter 3

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Dakota Hartley

on 14 May 2013

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By: Dakota Hartley Concept One - Chapter Overview Concept Two - Epigraphs Concept Three - Quotation Concept Four - Literary Analysis Plot “I wanted movement and not a calm course of existence. I wanted excitement and danger and the chance to sacrifice myself for my love. I felt in myself a superabundance of energy which found no outlet in our quiet life.”

Leo Tolstoy,

“Family Happiness”

Passage Highlighted in one of the books found with Chris McCandless’s remains “I can’t believe they’d try and buy me a car.” – Page 21 – Chris McCandless letter to Carine McCandless Concept Five - Reaction Into The Wild Chapter 3 This Chapter begins with how Chris McCandless met Westerberg. Westerberg picked him up after finishing his work in Montana. He told McCandless to look him up in Carthage, South Dakota if he needed a job. McCandless showed up within weeks and worked for Westerberg, Chris worked there until Westerberg had to go to jail. Then the Chapter talks about Chris and his family. Also Chris was a good student and got good grades in school. Characters Chris McCandless Wayne Westerberg Chris was a good student in school and had an average 3.72 GPA in college. In this chapter, Chris meets Westerberg for the first time in Montana and eventually works for him in Carthage, South Dakota, until Westerberg goes to jail. Westerberg was in Montana wrapping up cutting barley for coors and Anheuser- Busch. He picked up McCandless and let him stay with him for a little. Westerberg is a farmer, welder, businessman, machinist, ace mechanic commodites speculator, licensed airplane pilot, computer programmer, electronics trouble shooter, and a video game repairman. He gave McCandless a job back in Carthage , South Dakota Setting The setting of this chapter is Carthage, South Dakota in 1990. It took place from the fall to May of the same year Time Westerberg picked McCandless up on Sept. 10, 1990 McCandless left Carthage on Oct. 23, 1990 Chris Graduated from Emory University in May, 1990 Theme The theme of this chapter is, trying to find yourself presents several challenges The point the epigraph is trying to get across is that the person writing it wants a challenge. He doesn’t want the easy way out of things, he wants to go out there and find the hard way to do things. He wanted to do what he loved to do which is going after things. This relates to Chris McCandless because he was doing the same exact thing this epigraph is saying. He left home and is trying to lice on his own. He tries doing everything the hard way and looks for a challenge in everything he does. Chris underlined it because it is exactly what he is doing. He read it and it probably encouraged him to keep going after a challenge in everything he does. I think Chris underlined it because if he didn’t make it, it could possibly send a message to whoever reads it, possibly telling why he left his home to travel all the way to Alaska. This quote shows how stubborn McCandless was with his parents. He didn’t want them to buy him anything new for some reason. He told them before that he didn’t want to give or receive anything anymore from anybody. In the letter to his sister, he also said in a letter to his sister that he will have to be careful not to accept any gifts from his parents in the future. He also said he has the best car in the world that has traveled from Miami to Alaska. This quote shows that McCandless will use his things until they are of no use. I chose this quote because it shows how McCandless would not accept help from anyone, witch eventually lead to his death. Nonfiction writing techniques used
-Interview with Westerberg
-Interview with Walt McCandless and Billie
-Letter from Chris to Carine McCandless
-Chris’s letter (report card) to his parents
-McCandless highlighted a passage from “Family Happiness” Krakauer chose these items to make this book for several reasons. The interviews with Westerberg, Walt McCandless, Billie McCandless, and Carine McCandless helped Krakauer find accurate information on what Chris did before he left home. It also helped Krakauer find out what kind of person Chris was. The letter From Chris to Carine that Krakauer included in this chapter helped the reader find out about how stubborn Chris is. Also Krakauer used a passage Chris highlighted in one of his books, by putting it in the beginning of the chapter. This passage Chris highlighted helped Krakauer use Chris as a source in a way. Each item Krakauer uses has a lot of information on Chris. Without just one of them, a lot would be left out and unknown about Chris. All of the information Krakauer included helped the reader know the background of Chris McCandless in this chapter. The information is related to the events that transpire, because the information that Krakauer puts in this chapter tells how Chris was stubborn and didn’t accept much from anyone. This tells you that this was the reason he died in the wilderness. I believe both epigraphs in chapter three were appropriate for the chapter. The first epilogue tells about excitement, danger, and the chance to sacrifice myself for love. The second talks about escaping from history and oppression, and the road has always led west. This matches chapter three, because half of the chapter it talks about where Chris has gone and how he doesn’t accept gifts, but prefers a challenge. Yes, I believe Krakauer’s use of nonfiction writing techniques were useful in writing this novel. Krakauer used so many different reliable resources. He used interviews, highlighted passages, journals, maps, letters and many more. I think he did a fine job with all of his sources. No, the illogical order did not hinder my understanding of the novel. Krakauer made it clear when each chapter took place. It was not difficult for me to understand. No, I do not agree with the Native Alaskans calling Chris McCandless an idiot. I still think Chris could have prepared himself a lot better. Chris didn’t accept gifts from other people to help him on his trip. He didn’t bring a lot of food with him when he went on the Stampede Trail, and only brought a .22 rifle, which is not a reliable weapon for surviving in the wilderness. I don’t think Chris was an idiot, but I don’t think it was smart the way he prepared himself. I think if Chris had the right equipment, he could have survived a lot longer. Yes, I think Chris is a transcendentalist. I think he is one because of all of the things he has been through with his family. I think he needed to find himself after finding out all of the secrets about his dad, and knowing his whole childhood was a lie. Also I think he found the meaning of life at the end of the novel. I have a little bit of sympathy for Chris McCandless. I feel bad he had to die in the wild like he did, but he brought it upon himself. He didn’t come prepared and didn’t accept much help from anyone. The choices he made confused me at times. Another bad thing is how he left his parents, and made them very worried. Then his parents eventually found out he had passed away. I don’t think any parent should have to go through that with their child. If I was Jon Krakauer, I would not do anything different in the story, except for adding more pictures Chris took of himself. I think he did a great job writing this novel and I really enjoyed it.
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