McCandless ruins his first camera by burying it in the desert, signaling his youthful foolishness. Chris’s second camera is found among his remains with five rolls of film. The pictures developed show a skinny, but happy young man, who seems to have found peace. They symbolize Chris’s acquisition of wisdom and self-knowledge through his adventures.
Chris’s Camera and Photographs Symbol Timeline in Into the Wild
The timeline below shows where the symbol Chris’s Camera and Photographs appears in Into the Wild. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 - The Stampede Trail
...Chris signed the SOS note with his full name and took many self-portraits with the camera discovered, no identification is found on his person, mystifying the authorities as to who Chris... (full context)
Chapter 4 - Detrital Wash
...Las Vegas, Chris returns to the desert to retrieve his backpack, but finds that his camera has been destroyed. Even so, he exuberantly writes in his journal that he has successfully... (full context)
Chapter 7 – Carthage
Chapter 18 - The Stampede Trail