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What are the main characteristics of Chris McCandless? First of all thanks for the...

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anna-magdalena | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 3, 2010 at 2:11 PM via web

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What are the main characteristics of Chris McCandless?

First of all thanks for the helpful answers yesterday!

I hope you can also help me with  the characterization of Chris! I think it is really difficult because of his complex personality...

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 3, 2010 at 6:57 PM (Answer #1)

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The book "Into the Wild," is an autobiographical account of Chris McCandless' life.  Chris was a young white male.  He grew up in a comfortably well off family environment. Chris was a loner. He craved social isolation.  He was a highly intelligent individual, but he also lacked intuition and safety knowledge.  He was independent.  Chris was very much against the establishment and capitalism.  One of his reasons for exploring the wilderness and giving away his money was so that he could become free of the chains that bind society.  Chris was also narcissistic and selfish in many ways.  He did not care about his own family members concern for him.  When he wanted to do something, he just did it.  One very positive aspect of Chris' personality was his need to find a connection with nature.  He was drawn to the natural environment partially because of his interest in naturalist literary works.  Chris adventurous nature eventually led to an early death.

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