Into the Wild

Each chapter opens with 1-2 epigraphs (quotations/excerpts from other sources, interviews, or McCandless’ writings). How do the epigraphs at the beginnings of chapters 3, 6, and 11 relate to the material in those chapters?

Compare the epigraphs to the chapters that they are in.

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The epigraph in Chapter 3 describes a book on McCandless's possession. In it was a highlighted excerpt from "Family Happiness" by Leo Tolstoy. It pretty much talked about stepping outside of one's comfort zone to seek truth. In chapter 3 Westerberg picks up a hitchhiking McCandless in Montana. Chris is talkative about, among other things, "rubber tramps". THese are people who simply wander looking for change outside their comfort zone, by car.

I chapter 6 there is a description about Ronald A. Franz, an elderly man lost his wife and his only son from a car accident .This connects with how Franz's life was touched by Chris. How Chris was to help heal this guy while feeling incomplete himself.

Chapter 11 begins with a passage highlighted by Chris from Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago.Basically the passage is about finding purpose in life, "you needed to surrender to some such ultimate purpose more fully..."This is a segue that leads into Chris's past and the reasons he might have needed to find a "purpose" in life.

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