What was Chris's relationship with his parents like?

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Chris McCandless had a difficult, strained relationship with his parents and became estranged from them for the last two years of his life. Chris's father was a successful, intelligent man, who attained wealth and raised his family in a comfortable, affluent suburban household. As Chris grew older and entered high school, he began questioning society's ills and resented the fact that he was raised in a wealthy home with opportunities. Chris became a moral absolutist, who lost himself in the works of Thoreau, Emerson, and London. Chris's rather radical outlook on life differed from his parents, who subscribed to the typical American ideals of working hard and attaining financial success.

During the summer before his junior year, Chris discovered that his father lived a double life and continued to spend time with his first wife after he was born. Upon learning that his father was dividing his time between two households during his childhood, Chris became furious with his father and was...

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