Symbolism In To Build A Fire By Jack London

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There’s people in this world that don’t like being helped. As those people like to do situations their own way and not following directions. But as it happens, those people usually end up doing something wrong and could even possibly lead up to their death. In a short story by Jack London called, “To Build A Fire,” an unidentified man and his dog are travelling in the Yukon to a gold mining camp. The man believes he can make it to the mining camp all by himself and does not need a guide or group to help him achieve his goal. The reader is soon given an obvious outlook on where the man will end up. A dominant theme that London develops in his short story is how being arrogant can lead to someone to a situation that they don’t want or did not expect. In the short story “To Build a Fire,” Jack London uses conflict and symbolism to help develop the key theme of arrogance throughout the story.

Jack London uses internal and external conflicts throughout the story to express the central theme of arrogance. The author uses an external conflict of Man vs. Nature to show the arrogance that the man shows throughout the story. This is the most important as because due to an external conflict it will eventually lead to the man’s death. This is shown by, “It was seventy-five below zero. Since the freezing point is thirty-two above zero, it meant that one hundred and seven degrees of frost obtained,” (“To Build A Fire” 498). This quote relates to the theme as the man knew how cold it
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