On impulse, McCandless buys a canoe to paddle down the Colorado River into Mexico. He nearly dies in the canoe when he loses an oar during a storm. The canoe stands as a sign of Chris’s thirst for adventure, compulsive nature, and risky behavior.
Chris’s Canoe Symbol Timeline in Into the Wild
The timeline below shows where the symbol Chris’s Canoe appears in Into the Wild. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.