Analysis Of Jack London 's ' The Yukon Wilderness '

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Jack London was an American novelist who wrote To Build a Fire. It takes place somewhere along the paths of the Yukon wilderness. The story revolves around the protagonist who is a guy just referred to as “the man.” The man sets off on a journey on a frigid day with the idea that he will meet his friends by suppertime. However, his lack of wherewithal for cold and his overwhelming optimism about his situation leads him to a point of no return. As the man’s journey evolves, so does the parable-like morals’. Some being respect your elders and another being a man must be careful when trying to go against nature. I will argue that the moral of the story is to always trust your gut. I will prove this by honing in on specific points of the story where this theme occurs. First, as “the man’s” journey gets underway and he begins to make his way to the camp where he encounters an unlikely partner, where he should have reconsidered his judgment. “At the man’s heels trotted a dog, a big native husky, the proper wolf dog…Its instinct told it a truer tale than was told to by the man’s judgment…The dog did not know anything about thermometers. Possibly in its brain there was no sharp consciousness of a condition of a very cold such as in the man’s brain. But the brute had its instinct” (P.125). The quote is saying that though the dog is native, has keen animal instincts, and is familiar with the cold temperatures. The inner voice of the dog was telling it that the extreme

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