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In Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, in what ways did Chris McCandless show his compassion for others?

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Actually, I noticed that the original question (contained, although misspelled, in the url) specifically requests specifics from Chapter 11 of Into the Wild, so I thought it would be fun to focus fully on that chapter.  In Chapter 11, Chris' compassion is his focus in high school.

In high school, Chris becomes a big fan of the underdog in society, especially the poor of his own community.  Through the observation of "the plight of the downtrodden," Chris comes to realize at this early age that money is the root of all evil (in his opinion). I love the way eNotes puts it:

In high school, Chris became passionately concerned with the plight of the downtrodden in his community and the world, and although he was a natural entrepreneur, he came to believe that wealth was...

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