The narrator visits Chris younger sister and interviews her about his disappearance and death. She describes her extremely close relationship with her brother and how they had a disagreement about materialism. She struggled after finding out his death. She’s refuses to eat food and her mental health state was on the line. It was very tragic for the entire family.
The narrator opened a story from his past when he was younger. He summit a difficult peak called the “devils Thumb”. As he is climbing a snow storm starts and he falls through a crevasse before he makes it to camp. He worries that the supplies being dropped off by a plain wouldn't arrive. The plain finds him and delivers food and he climbs. Krakauer stays in his tent for several days. He then smokes his only marijuana cigaret which makes him hungry making him want to make oatmeal and he sets his tent on fire.
The whole family really struggled with the death of Chris, and they each handled their grievances differently. Some refused to eat, some gained weight. The Narrator thought he was going to struggle and die but, he ended up being fine. Krakauer is relating to Chris because they both don't have good relationships with their fathers.
Everyone had a difficult time seeing that they could’ve helped their family member knowing he was struggling with his last few days knowing that they could’ve helped. The narrator thought he was going to end up McCandless. Maybe if Krakauer and chris had better relationships with their father it would’ve had something more positive come out of the situation.
The theme of this story would be self reliance because all Chris had was to rely on himself in the end because he had shut everyone out. He was all by himself in the wild and was struggling but didn’t let any of the people that cared about him help so he was isolated to only use his self reliance.
Chris: alone in the wild all by himself leading to struggle and his death. Carine: Chris's sister that he had a very close relationship with and when she found out about her brothers death she was devastated and wouldn't eat. Walt: Chris's father they didn't have that good of a relationship of Chris growing up with him being at work. Billie: Chris's mother they had a better relationship than he did with his father and she also was so devastated that she didn't eat. Jon: the narrator of the story he described that he kind of had the same history as Chris but was more successful seeing that he didn't die.