What do you perceive is Chris McCandless's goals  in Into the Wild?

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Given that you are only reading about him from other people's accounts and from Krakauer's own biased view of his life, it is difficult to decipher exactly what Chris' goals were.

He clearly wanted to escape some of the bounds of regular society that he felt held him back from perhaps discovering his true self or perhaps even being truly happy.  He finds companionship and things that are worthwhile in working for people and finding those folks that he doesn't find to be fake or untrue, but he also quite actively works against people getting close to him, whether they are family or friends.

One other goal is simply to push himself to a level he likely can't himself so escaping to nature may bring those challenges to him.

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blissful0ne | eNotes Newbie

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Id say his main goal througout the story would have to be the last two questions on the end of page 172.

"Who are we? Where are we?"

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