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  • Why does he look so familiar?
  • The relationship between Walter McCandless can be expressed as tense and distanced Walter wanted to his son to be as if not more successful than he was, pressuring him into a life which he thought was best.The author writes “Both father and son were stubborn and high-strung. Given Walt’s need to exert control and Chris’s extravagantly independent nature, polarization was inevitable. Chris submitted to Walt’s authority through high school and college to a surprising degree, but the boy raged inwardly all the while”(Krakauer 64).
  • Wow, honey, you know a lot about books. Now say, who are your favorite authors?
  • Gosh, there's so many. I would have to say that my favorites are London and Tolstoy
  • Billie's anxiety from the lack of communication only rises “As months passed without any word of Chris—and then years—the anguish mounted.. In July 1992, two years after Chris left Atlanta, Billie was asleep in Chesapeake Beach when she sat bolt upright in the middle of the night, waking Walt. “I was sure I’d heard Chris calling me,” she insists, tears rolling down her cheeks. “I don’t know how I’ll ever get over it." I wasn’t dreaming. I didn’t imagine it. I heard his voice! He was begging, ‘Mom! Help me!’ But I couldn’t help him because I didn’t know where he was’”(Krakauer 125-126)!
  • And then there's my dad, and he's just another story.
  • Jan Burres is a rubber tramp who, with her boyfriend, Bob,  stumbled upon Chris McCandless together. The reason Burres picked up McCandless was that she had “‘a son about the same age Alex was, and we’ve been estranged for a few years now"(Krakauer 30).Burres often makes connections between McCandless and her son, treating him like a second son The couple took care of him by giving him rides, places to sleep. In return, Chris would keep in contact with the couple.
  • Thank you for getting me my life back 
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  • Chris McCandless also built a relationship with Wayne Westerberg’s mother, Mary Westerberg, through conversation. McCandless and Mrs. Westerberg “‘talked for hours about books; there aren’t that many people in Carthage who like to talk about books. He went on and on about Mark Twain. Gosh, he was fun to visit with; [she] didn’t want the night to end’” (Krakauer 67). Every other instance where he talks about books is always a recommendation, never an analyzation.  
  • Gail Borah met Chris McCandless n the Spring of 1992 by Wayne Westerberg, her boyfriend before McCandless left for Alaska. Whenever they visited each other, they talked a lot, with McCandless talking about “‘serious stuff, like he was baring his soul, kind of. He said he could tell [Borah] things that he couldn’t tell the others.’” (Krakauer 63). This could be seen as Gail as a sister figure to Chris. The transparency he had with Gail could be compared to the one he had with his older sister.
  • One Thursday in mid-January 1992 Franz picked up McCandless hitchhiking when McCandless made an unforgettable impression on Franz, “Nobody, however, was affected more powerfully by his or her brief contact with the boy than Ronald Franz, who was eighty years old when their paths intersected in January 1992”(Krakauer 48).The two would develop a close relationship.  According to Krakauer,Franz tried to talk Alex into making something more of his life.  Franz remembers. 
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