Into the Wild

Into The Wild Chapter 6

Infer Krakauer's attitude toward "Ronald Franz" from his descriptions of him and the descriptions of his interactions with McCandless. Be sure to provide evidence from the text to support your inference.

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In this section, many of the important themes of the book become apparent. In Ronald Franz we see another example, probably the strongest one, of someone who quickly becomes very attached to McCandless. With Franz it is so extreme that he asks to adopt McCandless, and changes his lifestyle completely, following Chris’s advice. Yet this also, somewhat painfully, puts McCandless’s selfishness in stark relief—although he accepts a fair amount of help from Franz, he leaves him before too much can be expected from him. I think Krakauer used Franz to cast light on Chris's selfishness towards his own family as well as Chris's inability to form long- standing relationships.