Themes In Jack London's To Build A Fire

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Nature often tests man’s limits. Sometimes man can overcome these tests and win; however, there are times when man just simply fails. In Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,”, a man faces many trials which test his limits. Unfortunately, through arrogance and a lack of preparation the man cannot survive the conditions of the Yukon in which he haves a hard time making it through the tremendous cold and is set up for death. The setting in “to build a fire” has an impact on the characters, plot, and symbolism. One of the first ways that the setting has an impact is on the characters. For an example, “it certainly was cold, he concluded, as he rubbed his numbed nose and cheek-bones with his mittened hand” (2). The weather had been very cold in which it caused the man’s body to be numb. The second reason setting has an impact on is the man’s food. For example, “He had forgotten to build a fire and thaw it out” (4). The cold weather caused the man’s biscuit to freeze. Another way the setting has an impact is on the dog. For example, “It had wet its forefeet and legs, and almost immediately the water that clung to it turned to ice” (3-4). The water would have caused the dogs feet to become sore. Not only has the setting influenced characters, it has also influenced the plot of the story. Another way that the setting impacts “to build a fire” involves the plot. First in the opening of the story, the man faces difficult things. For example, “the man's red beard and mustache have likewise

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