Jack London 's Build A Fire

953 Words Oct 29th, 2015 4 Pages
In 1910, Jack London wrote “To Build a Fire” with the deliberate intention of meticulously describing the setting for this particular piece. The author intently puts all his efforts to create the setting as an important, valuable role in his main theme. He purposely did not give a name to the man or the dog. He wants to make sure the reader clearly understood the setting and the importance of its role in this story. Mr. London explicitly intertwines his message on the ironic moral reality that can fall upon each one of us. It comes down to a choice. Real consequences happen. The irony can be seen through three different points as follows: the man’s pride, the dangers of 50 below zero temperatures, and the need to build a fire. Although the man in this story has not been given a name, pride and arrogance loudly scream from the very beginning to the very end. The first sign of pride sneaked out in the open from the statement, “He was not alarmed by the lack of sun. It had been days since he had seen the sun” (London). The man still chose to travel on the main Yukon trail. “Do not travel alone the old-timer from Sulphur Creek advised” (London). Even though the man had very little knowledge and foresight of what lay ahead on the open trail, the man laughed at the advice cautioning him on the extreme cold. Dangers do have a way of attacking around the corner before you even know what has hit you. Pride and arrogance protruded from the man each step he made on this…
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