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In Into the Wild, how does Chris McCandless feel about his family, and how does Chris'...

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In Into the Wild, how does Chris McCandless feel about his family, and how does Chris' family feel about him? Are there any differences?

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dymatsuoka | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 13, 2007 at 3:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Chris McCandless was deeply bitter toward his parents, calling their behavior toward him "irrational...oppressive...disrespectful and insulting" (Chapter 7).  He thought they were controlling, and was scornful of their adherence to traditional values and life goals.  Although his father did have an intense, authoritarian personality, he and Chris's mother did seem to genuinely care about him, and the general concensus of the author and those he interviewed seems to be surprise that Chris's anger at them was so extremely virulent.  Chris baffled and frustrated his parents, finally shutting them out of his life completely.

Although he had a number of siblings, Chris was close to only one, his sister Carine.  He confided in her through occasional letters, telling her his feelings about his family and a little about his wanderings.

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