Into the Wild

what is the purpose of chapter 4?

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The purpose of this section is to make McCandless’s intense distaste for society abundantly clear to the reader. In these chapters, he comes close to rejoining society a few times, going to Los Angeles with the intention of getting a new ID and possibly a job, working in Las Vegas, staying in Bullhead City longer than he has stayed anywhere else, and even working for a McDonald’s using his real name and social security number. Yet each time, he finds himself quickly moving on again, unable or unwilling to reintegrate himself.