Jack London And The Mexican Revolution

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Jack London was born in San Francisco in 1876, and won a large audience for many of his novels. He was a writer who lived a tough life, he marched cross-country in Coxey’s Army, took part in the Klondike gold rush, covered the Russo-Japanese War and the Mexican Revolution as a reporter. He was raised by a single mother because his father denied his paternity. London was poor growing up and at the age of fourteen he began working. He held hard jobs, working in a canning factory, jute-mill, serving as a deckhand and pirating oysters in the Bay. His experiences persuaded him to join the Socialist Labor Party, he had endowed with immense physical energy but managed to write fifty volumes, one of them was entitled, “To Build a fire”. This short story takes place in Alaska. The main character, who isn’t given a name, is travelling the main Yukon trail with his companion, a large husky dog. He is new to the area, he mentions ignoring the advice the old-timers gave him and his buddies, who are mentioned throughout the entire story. The weather and conditions of the story are based off of the situation. The beginning sentence describes a dark and gray day, “Day had broken cold and gray, exceedingly cold and gray.” The mention of the lack of sun and it’s melancholy atmosphere, later, sets the mood of the story. London mentions, “There was no sun nor hint of sun, though there was not a cloud in the sky.” Leading the reader to feel the emptiness in the setting and

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