Vocab List #6: Into the Wild. 1 . Affluent ( adj ) - wealthy 2 . Emulate ( v ) - to strive to equal or surpass an example of something 3. Asceticism ( n ) - quality of depriving oneself of luxuries; simplicity; anti-materialism 4. Fulminated (v) - pondered; guessed; hypothesized
1. Affluent (adj)- wealthy
2. Emulate (v)- to strive to equal or surpass an example of something
3. Asceticism (n)- quality of depriving oneself of luxuries; simplicity; anti-materialism
4. Fulminated (v)- pondered; guessed; hypothesized
5. Rendering (n) – creation; someone’s version of something
6. Convoluted (adj)- complicated; twisted
7. Unsullied (adj)- pure; not corrupted
8. Congenial (adj)- friendly; amiable; sociable
9. Meandering (v/adj)- wandering (v); something that has twists and turns (adj)
10. Obliterated (v)- wiped out; destroyed
11. Derelict (adj/n) – in poor condition (adj); a very poor person who lives on the fringe of society (n)
12. Contumacious (adj) – disobedient towards authority
13. Undeterred (adj) – not discouraged or dissuaded
14. Cursory (adj) – basic; not detailed; hastily done
15. Enigmatic (adj) – mysterious; puzzling (usually describes people)
Using all the words from List 6, complete one of the following creative options:
-An article about a crime that was committed
-A story about anything you want. (suggestions: musical chairs, outdoor activities, babies with big heads)
-A letter of any kind: love, hate, break-up, complaint, resignation, etc.
-A song or a poem
Dear Mom and Dad,
I know you must be worried sick about me, fulminating about all the terrible things that could have happened to me, and I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch for so long, but the reasons why I left are quite convoluted. I’m not trying to be contumacious, but you are not the kind of people I want to emulate. Though you are congenial and caring, I’ve always felt that our family’s affluence has sullied our values. I need to meander the country, unattached to materials or social institutions, in order to render my own philosophy of life, different from yours. I have brought little with me, and am so far thinking that asceticism is the way to find meaning in life. You may determine at this point that I’m a derelict and that my actions have obliterated our relationship, but I hope when I return to civilization that we can find some common ground. I’m sure you will always find me enigmatic, but we may be able to resolve our differences nonetheless. I know this is only a cursory explanation of my choice to run away, but that’s all I care to say for now. Please don’t try to track me and down and deter me from my mission.
1. Affluent (adj) affluence (n)
2. Emulate (v) emulation (n)
3. Asceticism (n) ascetic (adj); ascetically (adv)
4. Fulminated (v) fulmination (n)
5. Rendering (n) render (v)
6. Convoluted (adj) convolution (n); convolute (v)
7. Unsullied (adj) sully (v); sullied (adj)
8. Congenial (adj) congenially (adv); congeniality (n)
9. Meandering (v/adj) meanderer (n)
10. Obliterated (v) obliteration (n)
11. Derelict (adj/n)
12. Contumacious (adj) contumaciously (adv); contumaciousness (n)
13. Undeterred (adj) deter (v); deterrence (n)
14. Cursory (adj)
15. Enigmatic (adj) enigmatically (adv);enigma (n)
For your assigned epigraph, do the following:
Ch. 2 Chris’s piece of graffiti
2. In this piece of graffiti that Chris carved into the wood at the site of his death, he shows his admiration for Jack London as a writer, and also strongly identifies with his new chosen name, Alexander Supertramp.
3. The only charged word in this epigraph is KING.
4. Text: self-made graffiti
5. It’s being used for pathos because it reminds the reader of Chris’s love for life and literature, which would likely make the reader feel sad about his death.
6. Since the graffiti is made by Chris, it shows his personal point of view and is therefore more emotional than logical or ethical.
7. This epigraph relates to the chapter it introduces because this chapter details the dangerous terrain of Alaska, which is featured in Jack London’s writing, and it also details what happened when Chris’s body was found. It’s an appropriate intro to the chapter because while the chapter is very factual, this epigraph taps more into the emotional side of Chris’s death.