Chapter 6 Anza-Borrego

Chapter 6 Anza-Borrego

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer Chapter 6: Anza-Borrego Project and Presentation by: Student A Student B Student C Student D Re-telling of Chapter 6 Krakauer receives a letter from Ron Franz inquiring about McCandless. In the letter, Franz says he met McCandless in May 1992, they travelled together, and Franz wants to know more about the details of his death (48). McCandless left an impression on many during

his journeys, but nobody, however, was more affected by his or her brief contact than [was] Ronald Franz (48). Franz was 80 when he and Alex met. Ronald A. FranzWho is he? Devout Christian Army man On NYE 1957, his wife and only child were hit and killed by a drunk driver Due to loss, Franz hit the whiskey hard After 6 months, Franz stopped

drinking cold turkey, but never really got over the loss (50) Took to adopting14 Okinawan boys/girls Meeting Alex rekindled his paternal instincts (50) Click icon to add picture Here, on a low, sun-scorched rise dotted with chollas and indigobushes and twelve-foot ocotillo stems, McCandless slept on the sand under a tarp hung from a creosote branch (49). Click icon to add picture Look, Mr. Franz, [Alex] declared, you dont need to worry

about me. I have a college education. Im not destitute. Im living like this by choice (51). Details of their relationship Alex confided in Franz that he was planning an ultimate adventure in Alaska (51). Alex lectured Franz about the shortcomings of his sedentary existence (51). Alex goes on angry rants about his parents or politicians or the endemic

idiocy of mainstream American life (52). Franz taught Alex the art of leatherworking henceforth, THE BELT was created (51) Franz repeatedly remarks about how smart Alex was Franz listens patiently to Alexs rants and suggestions, and he enjoys taking care of Alex Franz drives Alex to San Diego

PostcardAlex is riding the rails, thrown in jail, released and travels to Coachella, CA Franz picks Alex up and, together, they travel to Grand Junction, Colorado On this trip, Franz asks Alex if [Franz] can adopt him because he has no family left. Alex replies, Well talk about it when I get back from Alaska, Ron (55). NOTABLE QUOTEpage 55 Franz finds himself deeply and unexpectedly hurt by Alexs sudden departure (56) NOTABLE QUOTE in letterPages 57 to 58 and, incredibly

Click icon to add picture Ron follows Alexs advice! He returns to Alexs campsite and lives there for 8 months WAITING but sadly Franz learns of Alexs death from two hitchhikers he picks up DEVASTATED Franz renounces the Lord and becomes an atheist because I decided I couldnt believe in a God who would let something that terrible happen to a boy like Alex (60). After I dropped off the hitchhikers, Idrove back to the store and bought a

bottle of whiskey. And then I went out into the desert and drank it. I wasnt used to drinking, so it made me sick. Hoped itd kill me, but it didnt. Just made me real, real sick (60). Authors Purpose Why did Krakauer include this chapter? To show the powerful effect McCandless had on those around him Jan and Bob, Tracy, etc. Alex=lifestyle change, drinking, loss of faith for Franz To show that others WERE and ARE affected by McCandlesss death Prompts the questions:

Were Chris McCandlesss actions selfish? Did McCandless owe his family anything? Did he owe Ronald Franz anything? What responsibilities must we assume in relationships? Thematic Connections the grip wilderness has on the American imagination The wilderness, the openrange, the endless possibilitiesthis was the appeal to Alex and, eventually, Alex came to

inspire Franz to see a world of endless possibility also. Although, unfortunately, both stories experience sad endingsAlex dies and Franz is brokenhearted and disillusioned. Thematic Connections the allure high-risk activities hold for young men of a certain mind Alex wanted adventure and

he pursues this singlemindedly. Interestingly, his idealism and enthusiasm encourages an older man (Franz) to take on the lifestyle of a younger, freespirited man. Franz even lives at the same campsite Alex was at however, is he trying to emulate Alex or is he simply waiting for Alex to return? Thematic Connections the complicated, highlycharged bond

between fathers and sons Franz desperately wants a father-son relationship with Alex, yet Alex does NOT want thisparallels Walt McCandlesss strained relationship with Chris before Chris left In both relationships, Alex/Chris shows his moral compass Franzyou wrong if you think joy emanatesfrom human relationships (57)

Waltnot accepting gifts to buy my respect (21) AND more to come with Walt and Chris Hero or Hubris? Alex/Chris MADE AN IMPACT Alex/Chris did not compromise his beliefs to make others happy Alexs influence changes Franzs lifestyle Alex caused Franz happiness, but also pain,

suffering and hurt Alex was reckless in his relationship with Franz, causing Franz to lose his faith in religion Alex did not learn from Franz; rather, he instructed Franz and then left him Connect to Epigraph No man ever followed his genius till it misled him. Though the result were bodily weakness, yet perhaps no one can say that the consequences were to be regretted, for these were a life in conformity to higher principles. If the day and the night are

such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortalthat is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest realityThe true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. Henry David Thoreau Walden, or Life in the Woods Passage highlighted by McCandless

McCandless dedicated his life to conformity to higher principles. His rigorous and uncompromising moral standard led him into the wild (good?), but also alienated him from those who cared about him (bad?) Connect to Epigraph No man ever followed his genius till it misled him. Though the result were bodily weakness, yet perhaps

no one can say that the consequences were to be regretted, for these were a life in conformity to higher principles. If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortalthat is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest realityThe true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. Henry David Thoreau

Walden, or Life in the Woods Passage highlighted by McCandless McCandless felt that naturewith all its beauty and morality and goodnesstruly was his reward, his congratulation. Natureespecially the wildwas almost a religious experience for McCandless, just as Thoreau talks about bless[ing] yourself in nature.

Connect to Epigraph No man ever followed his genius till it misled him. Though the result were bodily weakness, yet perhaps no one can say that the consequences were to be regretted, for these were a life in conformity to higher principles. If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortalthat is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest realityThe true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or

evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched. Henry David Thoreau Walden, or Life in the Woods Passage highlighted by McCandless In Alexs letter to Franz, he instructs and encourages Franz to adopt a new lifestyle. He tells Franz, You dont need me or anyone else to bring thislight into your life. It is simply waiting there for you to grasp it, and all you

have to do is reach for it (58). Likewise, Thoreau attempts to describe the abstract herethe bliss one may find in transcendence. Works Cited "Anza-Borrego Desert State Park." California Department of Parks and Recreation. State of California, 2013. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. . "Camping at Anza-Borrego." Greene Adventures. Wordpress, 2011. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. . "Destinations: Hiking At Anza Borrego Desert State Park, CA." frogcitycheese. frogcitycheese, 2014. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. . Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. New York: Anchor Books, 2007. Print.

"Last Words of Christopher McCandless." Zimbio. Livingly Media, Inc., 2014. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. . "McCandless and Franz (film photo)." Filmtrivia. tumblr, 7 Jan. 2012. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. . "Real Ronald Franz." Youtube. Google Images, 4 June 2009. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. . "Tearful Ronald Franz (film)." FSM Board: Movie Characters You Fear You'll Become. Film Score Monthly, 2014. Web. 29 Jan. 2014. .

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