Into the Wild

by: Jon Krakauer

Chapter 3

All the information Krakauer compiles in Chapter Three pushes toward the moment in which he reveals that Christopher McCandless has renamed himself Alexander Supertramp. The assumption of his new name marks a new period in McCandless’s life and represents a point of no return for the book’s primary plot, which traces his journey into the wild. Attempting to cross the boundary between these two versions of McCandless, connecting his past to his decision to spend his future tramping, is perhaps Krakauer’s primary project in Into the Wild. The book’s secondary plot, Krakauer’s psychological investigation of McCandless, is also thus advanced by the key moment of renaming at the end of Chapter Three.