What are life alienating aspects (tragic aspects) of what Chris Mccandles did in "Into the Wild"?

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Several of Chris McCandless's actions and behaviors could be considered life alienating.

Perhaps most disturbing of all of Chris's actions are the lengths and efforts Chris goes to in disregarding and separating himself from his own parents. The book never probes deeply into any of the antecedents that might have lead to this behavior and the reader is left to question as to what might have caused such a strong negative reaction in Chris to behave this way. For someone who seemed so empathetic and concerned about others in so many ways, his behavior toward his parents seems strange to say the least.

Against this backdrop are Chris's realizations that happiness only exists when one has someone else with which to share them. Although it would be too easy to say that Chris learned this lesson to late in his life for it to do him any good, we see glimmers that he understands this long before his Alaskan adventure.

In essence, all of Chris's life alienating acts are against society and the close friends and family members that represent it.

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