During his travels, Chris primarily lives off of rice, carrying pounds of it in his backpack. Rice thereby represents Chris’ devotion to living a simple, yet dangerous life, always on the edge of hunger and starvation.
Rice Symbol Timeline in Into the Wild
The timeline below shows where the symbol Rice 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