Into the Wild - Chapter 11, Chesapeake Beach Summary & Analysis

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Samuel Walter McCandless, Jr., Chris's father, receives Jon Krakauer in his home seven weeks after his son's death. "'How is it,' he wonders aloud, as he gazes blankly across Chesapeake Bay, 'that a kid with so much compassion could cause his parents so much pain?"' (pg. 104) The McCandless's well-appointed home features a photographic memorial to Chris, currently occupying the dining-room table. Billie shows Krakauer photos of Chris as a toddler, and as an eight-year-old on his first backpacking trip. Walt states that of all his children, he had spent the most time with Chris and really enjoyed his company.

Walt has Top Secret Defense Department clearance in connection with his work on advanced radar technology. He is a man accustomed to being in charge, and his electric intensity brings to mind Chris's intensity. In response to Chris's...

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