Learning the Simple Life With Stanley of the North
Almost reluctantly, Stan Jr. begins to enjoy learning at least some lessons in the old ways: how to harness a team of sled dogs, set a snare for a rabbit and unfurl a net under the ice when fishing in winter. When he catches a rabbit, he is clearly proud.
Stan Sr. is trying to help his son, but is also recruiting him. “It’s a good life,” the father says, “a simple life.” And speaking of his son, “It’s a better life for him, to live here.”
Stan Jr. returns to Seattle, though the wilderness and its creed of self-reliance have bitten him and his old life of drinking and partying holds a shade less appeal. It’s not clear what his decision will be, but he does make his way north again by the end of the film.