1 Answers. Father-son relationships play a central role in Jon Krakauer’s non-fiction book, Into the Wild. Chris McCandless holds his father up as the ideal man for most of his young life. Walt McCandless inspires this idealism by holding Chris to a standard of perfection unattainable by any fallible human being.
What was Chris relationship to his family?
What was Chris/Alex’s relationship to his family? He was very distant and wanted to be divorced from them, he didn’t want anything to do with them (his parents) at all.
Why did Chris’s relationship with his parents deteriorate?
His parents worked a lot and they did not spend time together. McCandless’s parents did not get along. Chris was embarrassed by his family’s wealth. Summarize the passage late in this chapter that foreshadows further breakdowns in the family’s relationship.
What did Chris McCandless say about his family?
In one of the letters, Chris wrote to Carine that after his college graduation, “once the time is right, with one abrupt, swift action I’m going to completely knock them [Walt and Billie] out of my life. I’m going to divorce them as my parents. … I’ll be through with them once and for all forever.”
What did Chris McCandless learn about his parents?
During his trip, he had discovered that his father had maintained a relationship with his first wife and his other children, heading two households. He had a son with his first wife after McCandless was born, before Walt and Billie moved to the East Coast.
What discovery did Chris make about his parents in El Segundo?
The author traces McCandless’s “smoldering anger” to the fact that during his earlier drive out west, McCandless had revisited his childhood home in El Segundo, California, and discovered that his father had lived a double life for several years.
What secret is responsible for Chris’s deteriorating relationship with his parents?
What secret is responsible for Chris’s deteriorating relationship with his parents? His father has had to families and another son in secret. What according to Chris, made his “entire childhood seem like a fiction”? The deception committed by Walt and Billie.
How did Chris’s parents find out about his death?
Carine and her husband were notified of Chris’s death shortly after his body was discovered in the Sushana River bus. They traveled to Alaska to bring home Chris’s ashes, in Carine’s knapsack. Chris’s mother, Billie, is in shock over her son’s death ” . . .
How does Chapter 13 make you feel about Chris and about his mother and sister?
How does Chapter 13 make you feel about Chris, and about his mother and sister? Sad. I wish he would´ve stayed in touch with them. I think that his mom and sister feel very guilty even though they did everything they could to take care of him.
What is the difference between Chris’s treatment of his parents and the way he got on with strangers?
Discuss the difference between Chris’s treatment of his parents and they way he got on with strangers. He was distant, cold, and unforgiving of his parents and their actions. To strangers, he was warm, loving, outgoing, personable, forgiving, attentive, fascinating. 28.
What did Chris learn about his dad?
In California that summer, Chris learned that his father’s divorce from his first wife, Marcia, had not been typical. Chris’s father, Walt, had for some time led a double life. Walt carried on a relationship with Marcia long after he had moved in with Billie, Chris’s mom.
Why did Chris McCandless not like his dad?
Through this action, Chris shows that he is still wholly dominated by his father’s ideals. Even though Walt fails in his example, Chris does not recognize that the perfection Walt preached was unattainable. Chris’s anger stems largely from his disappointment that Walt failed to attain perfection.
What did Billie leave on the door when she left the house?
She leaves suitcase with a first aid kit, canned food, other survival supplies, and a note that urges whoever happens to read it to “call your parents as soon as possible.”
What page does Chris burn his money?
Towards the beginning of the story in Chapter 4 we experience Chris burn all of his money before his trip, here money is shown as society and through him burning his money we are able to see his views against society and his needs to disconnect form it.
What do Walsh and the other Rangers discover?
What do Walsh and the other rangers discover? They discover Chris’ yellow Datsun abandoned at the edge of the riverbed with no license plates.
Why were Carine and Chris so close?
What is one reason Carine thinks she and Chris were so close? They learned to count on each other when their parents weren’t getting along. What family member does Walt state Chris is like?
How did Carine react to Chris’s death?
Carine was devastated by Chris’s death, and screamed and cried for hours. Later, she and her half-brother Sam flew to Alaska to collect Chris’s remains and his belongings.
What gift did Walt give Billie after the birth of Chris?
What gift did Walt give Billie after the birth of Chris? The guitar from the back seat of the Datson.
What was the skeleton in Walt’s closet that stressed the whole family Chris in particular?
What was the skeleton in Walt’s closet that stressed the whole family, Chris in particular? He had lead a double life and had another family.
Why was Chris so angry with his father Walt?
Chris was angry with his parents because of a secret he had learned from family in California—when Walt left Marcia for Billie, their romance did not end. In fact, Walt even had another child with Marcia after Chris was born. Chris began to ridicule the rich kids at Emory.
How was Krakauer’s relationship with his father?
In his later years, Krakauer’s relationship with his father only worsened. His father experienced dementia and the return of polio symptoms from his youth. He became addicted to medications, which he would carry with him in a suitcase.
What similarity is there between Jon’s relationship with his father and Chris’s relationship with Walt?
What similarity is there between Jon’s relationship with his father and Chris’s relationship with Walt? Both fathers were weak willed and seldom gave their children advice. Both fathers turned out to be bigamists.
Why is Chris anger hypocritical?
Its hypocritical because Walt did similar things, but Chris is angry towards him. What position did Chris hold at The Emory Wheel? He co-founded a College Republican Club and was the assistant editorial page editor.
Why did Chris McCandless want to leave his family?
Many people would think it was absurd that Chris left his family and threw his life away, and they would think that he was not justified in leaving society, however, Chris McCandless was justified in leaving society because by doing so he could achieve non-conformity and self-reliance without being oppressed.
What is the author’s analysis of the relationship between McCandless and his father?
What is the author’s analysis of the relationship between McCandless and his father? The author said that Walt always wanted to be in control but McCandless always wanted to be independent so there were unavoidable problems between them. Krakauer comments on McCandless’s sex life.
What athletic activity did Chris take up as a teenager?
What sport was Chris’s “athletic calling”? Running, Chris was the captain of the cross-country squad.
How did the police know Chris real last name?
How did the police know Chris’s real last name? The note on the bus door. What connection did JIm Gallien make when he read the article about Chris’s death? He had given a ride to stampede Trail.
What did Walt and Billie leave in the bus?
Billie and Walt leave food and first aid supplies in the bus, along with a Bible that belonged to Chris when he was young and a note that says, ‘Call your parents as soon as possible.
Could Chris McCandless have survived?
The debate over how McCandless died has persisted for two decades now, and many people have insisted that he simply starved to death. But I concluded that, were it not for these seeds, he might very well have survived.
Who finds Chris abandoned Datsun in the dry riverbed?
A woman named Jan Burres and her boyfriend, Bob, encounter McCandless next and give him a ride. In the meantime, McCandless’s parents search for him. They receive a ticket for the Datsun from California and hire a private investigator who discovers that Chris McCandless has donated his money to charity.
How did Chris and Ron meet?
Krakauer learns from Franz that he and McCandless met while camping at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near the Salton Sea. McCandless shows Franz the hot springs where he camps in exchange for a ride. The two become friends.
How were Chris and his grandfather Loren Johnson alike?
McCandless’s maternal grandfather, Loren is proud, stubborn, and dreamy, and never can quite fit into society, just like Chris. The two get along very well together. Loren is especially fond of wildlife, and finds hunting very emotionally difficult.
Who was the last person to see Chris McCandless alive?
One witness described McCandless as “generally strange, weird, with a weird energy”. McCandless was then last seen alive at the head of the Stampede Trail on April 28 by a local electrician named Jim Gallien.
Who is Earl Pilgrim into the wild?
Blazed in the 1930s by an Alaskan miner, (Earl Pilgrim) the Stampede Trail originally led to Pilgrim’s mining claims along Stampede Creek. In the early 1960s, the trail was upgraded by Yutan Construction to an actual roadway meant to allow trucks to haul ore year-round from the mines.