A fragmented, but honest account of his life on the road, written in the third person, the journal gives insight into McCandless’s state-of-mind and travels. It symbolizes Chris’s beliefs, worldview, and his search for truth.
Chris’s Journal Quotes in Into the Wild
The Into the Wild quotes below all refer to the symbol of Chris’s Journal. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Into the Wild published in 1997.).
Chris’s Journal Symbol Timeline in Into the Wild
The timeline below shows where the symbol Chris’s Journal appears in Into the Wild. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 - The Stampede Trail
Chapter 4 - Detrital Wash
Chapter 7 – Carthage
Chapter 18 - The Stampede Trail