A Man 's Best Friend

1138 WordsOct 25, 20155 Pages
A Man’s Best Friend One day I was playing soccer with my friend and his dog outside of his house. All of a sudden his dog ran inside. I asked my friend what was the matter, why did he he just run inside? My friend explained to me that his dog is able to sense when bad weather is going to come. I told him it doesn’t look like bad weather is coming though, the sun is still out. He then responded by saying “you’ll see; his instinct is never wrong.” Nevertheless, later that day it did thunderstorm. My story of the dog’s instinct being superior to my intellect is similar to Jack London’s short story, “To Build a Fire.” In this story London contrasts the two characters in the story – the unnamed man and his dog. These two character foils accompany each other on their daring travel through the deadly weather conditions of the Yukon. The unnamed man’s knowledge and the dog’s instinct are put to the test as they are both faced with the challenge of surviving their journey. In “To Build a Fire,” instinct versus intellect is a prevailing theme which can be discussed through the use of the literary device, character. London’s story “To Build a Fire,” begins with the main character foolishly setting out on a long journey across the dangerously frozen Yukon with only the company of a dog, although “the old-timer had been very serious in laying down the law that no man must travel alone… after fifty below” (113). The man has full confidence that he will conquer whatever nature throws at

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