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Chris was ignorant to the realities of the Alaskan wilderness. He also romanticized authors like Thoreau and Emerson. What captures readers about Chris is that Chris, naive as he was, actually followed his calling. His anti-establishment counterculture approach to life is rather appealing in a world saturated with materialism. In many ways Chris needed some more personal maturity but this is the case for many people in their young 20's. Chris's spirit of adventure and uncompromising ethos is what still draws people to his story.