The Cost of Pride in Jack London’s To Build a Fire Essay

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In Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,” the nameless man’s pride cost him his life. Throughout the story, the character exhibits many indications that there is a possibility of his demise. It begins with the character’s inability to ground himself to reality, he observed the events happening around him, but he does not fully grasp the impact they have on him. He is naïve and overconfident, believing he could survive on his own; he does not take advice from an experience man from that country. The nameless man is unable to grasp at the events occurring around of him. He presents himself in a form of astral projection, removing his mind and senses from his physical body. During the course of the man’s journey, he demonstrates how he leaves his …show more content…
In Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,” the nameless man’s pride cost him his life. Throughout the story, the character exhibits many indications that there is a possibility of his demise. It begins with the character’s inability to ground himself to reality, he observed the events happening around him, but he does not fully grasp the impact they have on him. He is naïve and overconfident, believing he could survive on his own; he does not take advice from an experience man from that country. The nameless man is unable to grasp at the events occurring around of him. He presents himself in a form of astral projection, removing his mind and senses from his physical body. During the course of the man’s journey, he demonstrates how he leaves his body and ignores the blistering cold against his exposed face. In the hazardous weather conditions the man is traveling in, he chews on tobacco throughout his trip. Upon spitting the “juice” it caused the man to have a crystal beard. He continues to “monotonously” chew tobacco; thus, enlarging the size of his “ice muzzle” but this does not faze him (pg. 129). He eventually makes a fire to thaw out his “ice muzzle” to eat but leaves the warmth of the fire soon afterward, and he continues to chew tobacco, once again, turning his eye muzzle. His hand and toes began to go numb, and only his reaction is to strike his hand against his body, in order to regain feeling in his extremities. He is reckless and takes for granted the only form of