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Christopher McCandless the only son of a prosperous family had a difficult time living in a culture with an abundance of rules restrictions and guidelines He was an incredibly bright young man who felt bound by the pressures of modern American society- such as going to college and finding a career- and therefore looked for a passage to escape Chris searched for an abundance of adventure and freedom that present-day American society could not give him Throughout the narrative Into the Wild Jon Krakauer implies that the constant presence of guidelines and the restrictive household and culture Chris McCandless was raised in caused him to become mentally disturbed and to desire an adventurous life in the Alaskan wilderness to find himself Throughout the narrative Into the Wild Krakauer utilizes characterization to suggest that Chris McCandless had a mental disorder such as Dissociative Identity Disorder Schizoid Personality Disorder or Avoidant Personality Disorder Krakauer suggests that Chris suffered from Dissociative Identity Disorder by emphasizing Chriss abandonment of his former lifestyle and his acceptance of the challenging life of a leather tramp Individuals who suffer from this disorder have two or more distinct identities or personality traits which alternately take control of them Chris McCandless suffered from these symptoms throughout the majority of his life he led two very different lifestyles Throughout early childhood and into college McCandless led a focused and motivated lifestyle by pursuing goals in academics and athletics While working under the strict expectations of his parents Chris obtained an impressive GPA and believed he could get accepted to Harvard Law School However Chris also displayed the carefree adventurous personality of an explorer When departing for Alaska Chris abandoned all the things which were a part of his previous life including a significant amount of money and his birth name Chris took on the name of Alex and lived the adventurous life he had always dreamt about While meeting new people Chris McCandless introduced himself
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