What will become his passion and independence in his early twenties come off as simple aversion to authority in his younger years. Firepaw comments to Graypaw that he doesn't know why Tigerclaw thinks would be easy, as Ravenpaw would have to spend most of his time avoiding being bitten. Traveling with three companions, he uses his topographic map to locate a large aluminum basket strung across the river. Rather than interrupt the narrative, this move begins to tie together plot points and themes. Firepaw starts back through the pines to finish his assessment, feeling glad that he lived with the now. The tells him that one of the will go fetch Yellowfang her bedding and that he is to return to his training.
He thinks it is likely that the hiker is his half-brother, and when he goes to the station to see a picture, he has no doubt. Firepaw tells her that he had grown up with him and that they were old friends. Wayne Westerberg hears the story on the radio and also calls in what he knows about McCandless to the Alaska State Troopers. From this new visit to Jim Gallien, he begins to tell the story of the months and weeks just after his death. Because Gallien thinks he knows the identity of the body, he calls the Anchorage police. So successful at his job, Chris not only buys his car, but the contractor offers to hire him if he will stay in Annandale. That led them nowhere, but thanks to newspaper coverage, Jim Gallien saw the story and was able to tell them about the kid named 'Alex' whom he drove into the Stampede Trail.
Bluestar asks him if he misses his old home or wants to leave the , and Firepaw replies that he does not. Carine and Christopher were musical children and loved the family dog. By definition hobos are workers who wonder with no real home. They mystery was solved as far as the police were concerned, but it still remained for Sam to drive to Maryland to tell Walt and Billie that Chris was dead. Chapter 10, Fairbanks Summary and Analysis An article from The New York Times, dated September 13, 1992, details the death of Chris McCandless. As a high school student, Chris wandered around Washington D. The narrator also draws parallels between McCandless and Carl McCunn.
Krakauer begins by profiling three men who had similar drive and intelligence, as well as similar backgrounds. Within the chapter, Krakauer maintains a lively style that moves the reader briskly toward the bus. They assumed McCandless had mistaken a caribou for a moose, which would have signified his unpreparedness. Krakauer interviews a man named Ken Sleight, who describes Ruess and McCandless as both liking people too much to give them up entirely but disliking them enough never to be able to live in society. Yet he was a complicated character—while Chris believed money was inherently evil, he was always an entrepreneur. While other interviews have provided only snapshots of Chris—what he was like for a week or a day—his family can describe how he evolved into a drifter and how conflicted he really was. Smudge asks him how he liked living wild and Firepaw replies that he knows who he is now.
Firepaw wonders if that was what it was or if Tigerclaw had purposely sent him towards his old home. He returned home two days before he was due at Emory University, scruffy and thirty pounds lighter. In what Krakauer calls a very fortunate coincidence, a South Dakota friend of Wayne Westerberg then hears a description of Chris McCandless on a radio show. The ideas of hobos and homeless people fascinated Chris. The strongest of these is his stubbornness, which prevents him from taking his talent to the next level in almost anything, because he is so against following directions and taking advice, or following authority. Hobos enjoy exploring new adventures and task for the satisfaction of a job well done and not for the expectation of money. Chris turns the offer down to drive across the country on his first road trip.
In this section we learn that Chris did not always shun society; he even considered becoming a lawyer at one point. From the beginning Chris was unusually gifted, and incredibly willful. As well as doing different jobs he enjoyed doing them well. For example, as their business succeeded Billie and Walt McCandless eventually bought a sailboat and took their children on a cruise. They show him the developed pictures from the camera, which Gallien immediately recognizes as McCandless, and so because he had told Gallien he was from South Dakota, the troopers start looking there for his next of kin. Firepaw tells him to be careful heading back, and Smudge nervously replies that he will and that he'll tell the other cats that he was okay.
Like hobos Chris enjoyed his independence. Bluestar wonders if her judgement has been clouded by the Clan's need for , and tells him that, especially with the threat of attack, they need cats that know where their hearts lie. Simply put, hobos are not materialistic people. In Chapter 10 of Into the Wild, Krakauer describes the long and drawn-out process it took to discover Chris McCandless's identity after his body was found in the Alaskan wilderness. He and the others cook moose meat on the same grill McCandless used to prepare his own meals. He then heads home to explain to his parents that McCandless is dead.
Chapter 17 Summary: Chapter 17 Almost exactly a year after McCandless turned away from the Teklanika River, Krakauer visits the bus where McCandless. Yet were he capable of seeing it from their perspective, he would understand that they just fear for what might happen to him, and for the great loss they would face as a result. Authority and rules feel utterly oppressive to McCandless, and he is so insistent on his own independence that he finds those who care about him giving him advice or showing concern over his safety to be an affront. After struggling to differentiate himself from other tipsters and cranks, Gallien convinces the police he encountered the dead hitchhiker on the Stampede Trail. As if to confirm these descriptions, the narrator then lists other instances of men who became drifters, including several personal encounters from his own travels in Alaska and his time as a mountaineer. He would get very skilled at different sports, but always refuses to follow instructions that could take him that last bit further to greatness.