In Into the Wild is Chris McCandless considered a hero? Why?

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Many people would claim that Chris McCandless is a hero in Into the Wild. Many would think this because he lived his life the way he wanted to, and he deserves accolades for that. Chris was not enticed by money or material goods, which is shown through his hatred for his parents’ expensive lifestyle and his disdain when they offered to buy him a car. He stuck to these morals for the entirety of his journey. He came to understand (too late to make a difference) that family was important, and happiness was meant to be shared, not kept in isolation. The fact that Chris had the guts to just up and leave and truly live his dream of going to live in Alaska is what makes him a hero to many people. 


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