Into the Wild

Questions about the Writer (Pathos)

7. Chapters 14-15 describe the author’s actions and his emotional and psychological state as he climbs the mountain. For example, when he accidentally burns a big hole in his tent, which actually belongs to his father, he is more worried about his father’s reaction than the cold. What are some other details that have an emotional impact on the readers? How do these affect you as the reader?

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Most readers can identify with parent child relationships to a point. Borrowing your father's car, for example, and damaging it is a pretty common experience. The guilt and fear would not be hard to comprehend. The reader can internalize Chris's experiences with family but only to a point. The rest is up to the reader's interpretation. The last part of this question asks for a personal response. My experience with this story would be different from your experience with this story.