Christopher was seeking freedom from the confines of society and from authority that tells him what to do and how to live. He wanted to be free to live exactly how he chose. The wilderness, however, did not conform to his romantic depiction of it and it ends up being much harsher than he anticipated. Much of the time he is searching for food as is clear in his journals which are often entirely composed of what he found to eat that day. To the extent of his freedom, Christopher accomplishes this goal, and even though he dies after 119 dies he dies completely free from the constraints of the society he loathed.