Into the Wild

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Devil’s Thumb  Symbol Icon
A merciless glacier and peak of sheer ice that Krakauer attempts to scale alone as a young man, Devil’s Thumb represents the allure of risky activities and the unrealistic goals that young men set for themselves because of their hubris, eagerness for a challenge, and sense of invincibility.
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Devil’s Thumb Symbol Timeline in Into the Wild

The timeline below shows where the symbol Devil’s Thumb appears in Into the Wild. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14 - The Stikine Ice Cap
Risk and Self-Reinvention Theme Icon
...age 23, Krakauer, lured by the challenge of climbing a dangerous mount, decides to climb Devils Thumb alone. He is convinced that the experience will change his life. (full context)
The American Wilderness Theme Icon
Luck, Chance, and Circumstance Theme Icon
Nearly out of food, Krakauer anxiously waits for days at the base of Devils Thumb for a plane to drop off supplies. But heavy snow delays it. At first sight... (full context)