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The Purpose Of Chris McCandless S Life
Chris McCandless’s purpose and meaning in life was to find and reach his purpose in life. Like any young man he was trying to find his reason for being on Earth, and to do so he went back to the place where it all began: Nature. Even as a young kid he never quite fit in.
He was always questioning authority, instead of blindly obeying like most kids. As he grew older a similar attitude was evident. Even though he respected his parents choices he didn’t agree with them. He complied with his parents in studying and receiving a college education but after that he decided to go explore the country. He went to many different placed around the Mid­West and California, making friends here there, picking up new aliases, and saving money all to reach his final goal of traveling to Alaska. However all his traveling and exploring was done to find himself. He was so preoccupied in reading, moving, “keeping no string attached”, traveling, hitch­hiking that couldn’t find his meaning in life. He was like the men attached to chains in a cave from Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” they were so busy looking at the shadows that they couldn’t believe what their friend was telling them. Chris was similar to that to preoccupied doing things to help him find his purpose in life that he wasn’t going to be able to find it if he kept going in the same path. It’s ironic because the more he tried the farther he got.

Many however can argue and say that Chris’s purpose in life had nothing to do with finding himself or his reason for being but instead to get back at his parents for the hypocrisy they raised him in. After Chris took the trip to California and learned about his father’s past he felt repulsed by the man. He was never able to get past the fact that his father had another family. He had such high standards for his father ­perhaps because his Dad had raised him with similar ones too­ that he couldn’t forgive him. As a kid Chris’s dad would always try to
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