Answer to Question #195793 in English for Makaia Hill

Question #195793

In the epigraph for Chapter 1 from Into The Wild, Chris states in  a postcard dated April 27, 1992 to Wayne Westerfield…”I now walk into the wild.”  In Chapter 1, he tells Jim Gallien, “ I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am.  None of that matters.”  Write about the quotes and/or your assessment of Chris McCandless so far? An epigraph is a relevant quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc. 

Expert's answer


The second chapter of Into the Wild begins with an epigraph before moving on to the narration of author John Krakauer. A short quotation or passage at the opening of a book or part of a book is called an epigraph. Its purpose is to further the section's theme. "Jack London is king," begins the first half of the epigraph.

The quotes

”I now walk into the wild.” 

“ I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters.”


The joy of life is derived from our contacts with new experiences, and there is no greater joy than having an endlessly shifting horizon, with a fresh and different sun each day.

Only when happiness is shared is it truly genuine.

A man's passion for adventure is at the very center of his living spirit.

The personal relationship to a phenomenon, what it means to you, is where all true meaning is found.

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