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Into the Wild Discussion Questions

From: Alice Osborn, W.
Sent on: Thursday, August 21, 2008 8:28 AM
Hi Everyone,

We're meeting tomorrow (Fri 8/22) at 10am at Cameron Village Library to discuss Into the Wild. Here are a few discussion questions to get the ball rolling and hope to see you there & that you enjoyed the book!


"Into the Wild" Questions

1. Why did McCandless reject his parents' lifestyle?

2. What do you think of McCandless's decision to discard his identity and
past life without a backward look?

Would you do the same thing if you were in his place, or do you think it
would be important to discuss your decision with your family first, even if
you were certain that they would try to dissuade you?

3. Do you believe McCandless was a reckless greenhorn or a well-prepared
wilderness adventurer? Why?

4. What do you think you would want to say to McCandless if you were his
father? If you were his mother?

5. The author believes that McCandless was deeply embittered by his
discoveries about his father's past. Were Chris's actions justified?

6. Tell me what you thought about Krakauer inserting his memoir into this
book. Was it justified or did it bog down the story?

7. According to Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless died as a result of "one or
two seemingly insignificant blunders."

What were those blunders and how could Chris have avoided them? Discuss the
kinds of preparations that someone planning to live in the bush should take
before setting out.

8. Who are "Rubber Tramps" and "Leather Tramps"? Describe their way of life.
Discuss the pros and cons of a vagabond lifestyle.

9. Consider the various accounts of experiments similar to McCandless's
that Krakauer relates. Discuss the kinds of idealism or alienation that lead
these young people to abandon past lives and lead potentially dangerous

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