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Into the Wild Reading 4
Analyze the speaker, situation, and significance of the following quote: “As a young man, I was unlike Mc. Candless in many important regards; most notably, I possessed neither his intellect nor his lofty ideals. But I believe we were similarly affected by the skewed relationships we had with our fathers. And I suspect we had a similar intensity, a similar heedlessness, a similar agitation of the soul. ” (p. 155) Speaker: Krakauer Situation: He’s comparing himself to Chris and explaining why they were both justified in leaving. Significance: His point is that neither were suicidal. This is the reason why he wrote the book and researched Chris for so long.
Analyze the speaker, situation, and significance of the following quote: “The fact that I survived my Alaska adventure and Mc. Candless did not survive his was largely a matter of chance; had I not returned from the Stikine Ice Cap in 1977, people would have been quick to say of me– as they now say of him– that I had a death wish. Eighteen years after the event, I now recognize that I suffered from hubris, perhaps, and an appalling innocence, certainly; but I wasn’t suicidal” (p. 155). Speaker: Krakauer Situation: Explaining why he’s so obsessed with Chris and why he wrote the book. Significance: hubris- excessive pride: both went to great lengths to do what they wanted to do, this shows pride because the average person does not think he/she could survive alone in the wilderness.
Why was Chris so upset about wasting the moose? He didn’t know how to preserve the meat He felt inferior for once and admitted that he was incapable. He has a moral issue with killing an animal and letting it go to waste.
Speaker, Situation, Significance “I am reborn. This is my dawn. Real life has just begun. Deliberate Living: Conscious attention to the basics of life and a constant attention to your immediate environment and its concerns, example– a job, a task, a book; anything requiring efficient concentration (circumstance has no value. It is how one relates to a situation that has value. All true meaning resides in the personal relationship to a phenomenon, what it means to you)” (p. 168). Speaker: Chris Situation: written in his journal toward the end of his life Significance: At this point he feels successful. In order to live purposefully, one must pay FULL attention to what he/she is doing at the moment. Circumstance (being rich/poor, timing, etc. ) has nothing to do with an experience. How the person experiencing it feels about it is what matters.
Analyze the speaker, situation, and significance of the following quote: “Franklin regarded nature as an antagonist that would inevitably submit to force, good breeding, and Victorian discipline… he tried to insulate himself from the northern environment… Mc. Candless, on the other hand, went too far in the opposite direction. He tried to live entirely off the country– he tried to do it without bothering to master beforehand the full repertoire of crucial skills. ” (p. 182) Speaker: Krakauer Situation: comparing Chris to the man who led an expedition in Canada in 1819. Significance: Franklin might know more about what he’s doing. He treats the land as a threat that must be shut down. Chris embraces the land (as a protagonist/ or a companion) and teams up with it. However, he doesn’t feel the need to prepare well, which again shows his hubris.