Major Characters Impact on Chris McCandless by Courtney Belgrade on Prezi
with male authority figures, and has a very conflicted relationship with his father . Chris's father, a NASA scientist and entrepreneur who develops advanced radar systems. .. What does Wayne Westerberg say McCandless liked to drink?. I can see Chris/Alex dismissing Wayne's "criminal" activities and . I mean Chris did not like at all when his father was aggressive with his. McCandless meets Wayne Westerberg and works for him for a small amount of time. whole half sibling problem with his dad that messed up their relationship. In this chapter Krakauer speaks with Chris's father and mother, Walt and Billie.
He is forced to leave after Westerberg is arrested for satellite piracy. McCandless then travels on the Colorado River and, though told by park rangers that he may not kayak down the river without a license, ignores their warnings and paddles downriver until he eventually arrives in Mexico. There, his kayak is lost in a dust storm, and he crosses back into the United States on foot.
Into the Wild
Unable to hitch a ride, he travels on freight trains to Los Angeles. Not long after arriving, however, he starts feeling "corrupted" by modern civilization and decides to leave. Later, he is forced to resume hitchhiking, after being beaten by railroad police. There, he also meets Tracy Tatro, a teenage girl who shows interest in McCandless, but he rejects her because she is underage. After the holidays, McCandless decides to continue heading for Alaska.
One month later, camping near Salton CityMcCandless encounters Ron Franz, a retired man who recounts the story of the loss of his family in a car accident while he was serving in the United States Army.
He now occupies his time in a workshop as an amateur leather worker. Franz teaches McCandless the craft of leatherwork, resulting in the making of a belt that details McCandless' travels.
After spending two months with Franz, McCandless decides to leave for Alaska, despite this upsetting Franz, who has become quite close to McCandless. On a parting note, Franz gives McCandless his old camping and travel gear, along with the offer to adopt him as his grandchild, but McCandless simply tells him that they should discuss this after he returns from Alaska. Four months later, at the abandoned bus, life for McCandless becomes harder, and he begins to make poor decisions.
As his supplies begin to run out, he realizes that nature is also harsh and uncaring. McCandless concludes that true happiness can only be found when shared with others, and he seeks to return from the wild to his friends and family. However, he finds that the stream he had crossed during the winter has become wide, deep, and violent due to the snow thaw, and he is unable to cross.
He next hitchhiked around the West for two months.
While hitchhiking, he met a man known as "Crazy Ernie," who offered him work at a rundown ranch in northern California. After working at the ranch for 11 days, however, McCandless realized that Crazy Ernie was never going to pay him, so he left the ranch and resumed hitchhiking.
McCandless hitched up the coast to Oregon and was picking berries along the side of the road when a van stopped for him — the van's drivers, Jan Burres and her boyfriend Bob, thought he looked hungry. Rubber tramps who were driving from town to town selling goods at flea markets, the couple offered McCandless a ride.
His parents hired a private investigator to find their son, who discovered that he had abandoned his car and received a hitchhiking ticket. He walks south through the desert, arriving in Topock, Arizona, where he buys a second-hand canoe.
Into the Wild: Senior Lit
He paddles it south, his goal being to follow the Colorado River into Mexico, to the Gulf of California, and ultimately to the Pacific Ocean.
Army's Yuma Proving Ground. He sends a postcard to Wayne Westerberg at the Sioux Falls work-release facility where his friend has been incarcerated.
McCandless reaches the Morelos Dam and the Mexican border. Eventually he realizes that he will not reach the Gulf of California traveling this route.
Duck hunters rescue McCandless and give him a ride to a fishing village on the Gulf of California.
Later, a violent storm engulfs the canoe, and powerful tides threaten to carry McCandless out to sea. Eventually he manages to beach the canoe on a jetty.
Shortly thereafter, he leaves Mexico. McCandless is caught illegally entering the United States from Mexico and spends one night in jail.
He next travels back across the southwest, writing in his journal, ".