McCandless cherishes his rifles very much, but ends up losing one in a Mexican jail and carrying another in the Alaskan bush that is ill suited for taking down big game. In this way, Chris’ rifles embody the contrast between his vision of the wild and real conditions on the trail. While Chris thinks that a gun prepares him for life in the wild, it only highlights his fragility in and inexperience with the wilderness.
Chris’ Rifles Symbol Timeline in Into the Wild
The timeline below shows where the symbol Chris’ Rifles appears in Into the Wild. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 - The Alaska Interior
Chapter 4 - Detrital Wash
Chapter 16 - The Alaska Interior