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Describe Chris's relationship with his father and whether you think it had something to do with his behavior in Into the Wild.  This is the topic of an essay I have to write for my English Class.

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Jon Krakauer, the author of Into the Wild, provides readers with only a few clues and suggestions as to the true nature of the relationship between Chris and his father; this omission was deliberate, according to Chris's sister Carine McCandless. Because the violence and abuse that characterizes the father-son relationship was only hinted at in the book, some readers feel that Chris acted selfishly or that he pursued a foolish dream without a regard for safety, suggesting that he was mentally unstable. According to a memoir written by Chris's sister and published nearly twenty years after Krakauer's book, titled The Wild Truth, both their father and their mother were at times abusive toward their children, and these early life experiences most certainly motivated Chris to make the decisions that eventually led to his death.

According to Carine, living with abusive parents inspired Chris to take risks and to seek out extreme ways to express himself. Because Chris had always had a love for...

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