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From Into the Wild, why did Chris McCandless reject the lifestyle of his parents?

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Chris is described as being a self-taught student of Tolstoy, Thoreau, and Transcendentalism; his ideals focused on self-growth and harmony with nature, not on materialism. Chris grew up in an upper-middle-class family, and so was attuned to the great privileges he had received in life, especially compared to others. Chris decided that his life should be spent in work and self-reflection, and so abandoned...

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