Jack London's To Build A Fire Essay

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There are many authors in this world today. Some are known for classical writings of poetry, or hundreds and hundreds of books written by them. This author though was one who portrayed himself through dozens of short stories. His name is Jack London. Jack London is a writer who shows the conflict between Nature versus Man in his writings and supports this theme through his work, “To Build a Fire.” Jack was born on January 12, 1876 and died on November 22, 1916. He is best known for his nature novels depicting how nature can sometimes be so powerful that it overcomes man. Jack was deserted by his father when he was eleven and was mainly raised by his mother in Oakland, California. When his mother became ill she passed him on to the care of …show more content…
He is with his Alaskan husky wolf-dog who is the only one beside him. The man is a relative newcomer to the Yukon, but somehow the cold doesn’t faze him. As he is walking across a trail that goes over the top of a creek he suddenly falls through and gets wet up to his shins. Before the trip, an old wise man warns him that it is too cold to travel, but the young man doesn’t listen and moves onward. He quickly begins to start a fire to dry himself and his wet clothes. However, like the foolish man that he is, he starts the fire right under a spruce tree. The fire ends up melting the snow and it falls onto the fire extinguishing it and any hopes of starting another one. The man then makes a decision to kill the dog and stick his hands inside its warm belly. He realizes that he cannot do this because his body is so cold that it will not allow him to. He then attempts to run around trying to let friction heat his body. This is a futile attempt. The man then begins to fall into a deep, deadly, relaxing sleep. The dog begins to come closer to him and smells death on the man. The dog then runs back towards camp where the others are. Jack London published two different versions of this story: one where the man survives in 1902 and the more popular one where the man doesn’t survive in 1908. Many critics thought that this story
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