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Into the Wild - Chapters 6 and 7

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Chapter 6 - The old man tried to influence Alex but Alex influenced the old man, who began living off the land after 81 years. Alex does not care much for relationships and has no regard for other people’s feelings. He is acting selfishly and determined to live out a fantasy he read in a book.

"The Good Life"By: Tony Bennett

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.” (pages 56-57)

“Somebody needed to convince him to get an education and a job and make something of his life.” (page 51)“He had fled the claustrophobic confines of his family. He’d successfully kept Jan Burres and Wayne Westerberg at arm’s length, flitting out of their lives before anything was expected of him. And now he’d slipped painlessly out of Ron Franz’s life as well.” (page 55)

“’I got the impression that this Alaska escapade was going to be his last big adventure,’ Westerberg offers, ‘and that he wanted to settle down some’.” (page 66)

April 15, 1992 – I came back to South Dakota to make some money to buy some new gear for my trip to Alaska. I met Wayne’s girlfriend and his mother. His mother I find interesting to talk to, but Gail…I feel a strange connection with her. I’m leaving for Alaska today but something’s different. It’s not like when I left Ron feeling relieved. I liked spending time with Ron but I always like to leave before the relationship gets too emotional. There’s no doubt I’m going, but instead of my usual excitement, I feel very sad.

Chapter 7 – When Alex left South Dakota to begin his Alaska odyssey was the first time he showed any kind of emotion. He sent final farewells to his surrogate father and surrogate mother (but not his own parents) somehow sensing he was never coming back.

Into the Wild - Chapters 6 and 7


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