Analysis Of Jack Londons ' For Build A Fire And His Wise Dog Set Out On The Yukon Trail

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In Jack Londons’ “To Build A Fire,” a stubborn man with “no imagination” and his wise dog set out on the Yukon trail seeking out his camp in hopes to return and meet up with “the boys.” Being a “chechaquo,” a new comer to the land (Dictionary.com, 2015), this was his first Winter. “It was a clear day and yet there seemed an intangible pall over the face of things, a subtle gloom that made the day dark, and that was due to the absence of sun. The face did not worry the man.” (London, 629). The newcomer was entering Winter temperatures in which he knew nothing of, reaching seventy-five degrees below zero and would soon be in a battle of man verses nature. “But all this-the mysterious, far-reaching hair-line trail, the absence of sun from the sky, the tremendous cold, and the strangeness and weirdness of it all-made impression on the man.” (London, 629). As the man travels on through the freezing temperatures he is remind of advice from and old wise man, he had been warned of traveling alone and the dangers that could come with someone making such decisions. The traveler was hopeful of making it back to camp by six o’clock, and an hour into his travels he is ready to stop and eat his lunch with pride in his traveling progress. However, an hour into his travels the arrogant man was more concerned with chewing his tobacco, than thinking of potential dangers despite his warnings, so he stopped for lunch, never sharing with his only traveling companion, his loyal dog.…
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