In his author's note, Krakauer suggests that he desires to "leave it to the reader to form his or her own opinion of Chris McCandless." However, based on chapters 16–18, what opinion of Chris do you believe Krakauer hopes the reader will arrive at by the end of the book?

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Krakauer, as he states openly in the book, identifies with Chris McCandless. A debate erupted after Krakauer wrote his initial article on McCandless's death for Outdoor magazine. The debate revolved around whether Chris was a fool who deserved to die for going into the Alaskan wilderness unprepared or a person who had simply met with bad luck. Krakauer's book is an...

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