Into the Wild


Jon Krakauer

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In the Alaskan bush, Chris accomplishes an impressive feat—shooting a moose. But butchering the animal’s meat traumatizes him, causing him to question his stay in the wild. As such, the moose represents nature’s powerful impact on the human spirit, as well as defends Chris’ skill as a huntsman.
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The Moose Symbol Timeline in Into the Wild

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Moose appears in Into the Wild. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 17 - The Stampede Trail
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Arrogance, Innocence, and Ignorance Theme Icon
Krakauer uncovers Chris’ campsite, scattered with moose bones, refuting critics’ claims that McCandless actually shot a caribou, not a moose. (full context)