Who Is Chris Mccandless's Identity In Into The Wild

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In a society heavily based on family values, Chris McCandless abandons the status quo and runs into the wilderness seeking solitude and self-discovery. In Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, the protagonist Chris McCandless escapes a privileged young adult life to pursue a better understanding of his self-identity, which he believes he can find in the Alaskan wilderness. Although intending to chase his sense of adventure and escape materialistic ideologies, McCandless was egotistical in his exploration. Before leaving for his adventure to Alaska, Chris McCandless told his sister Carine of his plans to leave his family behind, as he was tired of feeling controlled. McCandless was known to be apathetic towards his family, excluding his sister Carine; …show more content…
As Chris had abandoned his family, both had been left alone on the road. The two had met when McCandless was hitchhiking into town for food and water in the beginning of his voyage. Acting as a chauffeur to McCandless, Franz drives him to San Diego and then to Grand Junction, Colorado. Franz then proceeds to ask Chris if he could adopt him; he was concerned about his family line dying off after him, so he invited Chris into the family. However, this offer makes McCandless uncomfortable with which he hastily replies that they will discuss the matter when he returns. McCandless is made uncomfortable by this offer as he is opposed to being tied down, as evident when he abandoned his biological family. Parsimoniously, Chris McCandless proceeds to leave Franz behind and continue into the wilderness. Surprisingly, McCandless did send Franz a letter telling him to be adventurous and get out into the world, which inspires Franz to take residence at one of McCandless’s campsites. Unfortunately, Franz remains at the campsite until he is informed of Chris’s death by hitchhikers. The knowledge of McCandless’s death leads Franz to abandon his relationship with God and resume drinking. Correspondingly to the effects of Chris’s other self-centered acts, the effects on the outside party is horrendous. If instead McCandless were to have accepted Franz’s offer, he could have spared Franz from his downward spiral. Yet, McCandless once again sought isolation and left those who cared about him

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