In the novel Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, what was Christopher trying to escape?

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In the novel Christopher is trying to escape the confines of modern living by escaping to the freedom of the wilderness where he can live how he wants to live in total freedom.  He is driven there by a resentment he harbours for his parents, which festers into a resentment and hatred for society in general.  It is based on the true story of the author.  It turns out, however, that daily living in the wilderness is a struggle to survive and not the romantic life of quiet contemplation free from the authority of others that he sought


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