Similarities Between Jack London and Stephen Crane

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The two writers were both similar and dissimilar. Both died young: it is unsure whether or not Crane committed suicide. Both wrote about contemporary and realistic topics and both dwelt heavily on existentialist themes. Both too were very realist. In 'Buck', London has the character live in the real world not escape it, whilst Crane has his character thoroughly absorbed in the vicissitudes and realities of war. Both also use mediums to convey their message: with London it seems to be the dog (for instance in To Build a Fire who connotes superior friendship and loyalty to that of the man) and in Crane it is the extent of human fear in the human when faced by war.
On the other hand, both authors had their characters face challenges in different ways. Fielding, Rivera and the man in To Build a Fire looked at fear differently. in London's short story, The Mexican, it is difficult to see real fear in the Rivera's make up. Henry Fielding, on the other hand has to prove to himself that he will not fear. Crane says "He tried to mathematically prove to himself that he would not run from a battle" (7).
The authors feelings about death too are different. Stephen Crane, through Henry Fielding, seemed to find death something to fear because it is unknown, but he also realized that it is something one must face regardless of the uncertainty. Henry was able to stand tall the second battle he…

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