Jack London's To Build a fire begins with a hiker in the Yukon, setting out to test his abilities with his large loyal dog at his side. At the start of the story there is a hint that things will not go as planned because it mentions how clear the day was, and the lack of sun and lack of worry on the man's part seems to be a foreshadowing of events to come, the man was experienced and should have known better to take nature for granted like he was doing. The hiker also had been warned by an old native man that hiking in negative 50 degree weather could have dangerous consequences and yet the man chose to ignore the old man's warning. In the whole story the man brushes off the cold temperatures even when he begins to feel symptoms of frostbite, like his face becoming numb, his fingers and toes start to freeze and he even doesn't have anything to protect his face from the harshness of the arctic temperatures.
In “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, an unnamed man and his dog attempts to trek across the freezing Yukon terrain to meet some people in a town. Before the journey, an old timer from Sulpher Creek supposedly warned him of the freezing weather. The man still goes out, not being aware that the cold can possibly kill him. He faces many obstacles, including being covered in snow after building a fire. Eventually, he becomes less aware of his surroundings and walks into a frigid spring. Most of his body is cold and numb. Near the end of the story, he accepts death and admits to himself that the old timer from Sulpher Creek was right. His dog stays until it smells the scent of death, and goes towards the camp.
In Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” the reader follows along in the journey as an almost anonymous man wanders somewhat through the cold winter Yukon. “To Build a Fire” explores a variety of methods to reveal aspects of the protagonist. In "To Build a Fire", Jack London uses inner thoughts, mood and setting to develop the character of the unnamed man.
The Short story, ‘To Build a Fire’ by Jack London, published in 1908, is an archetypal naturalist tale regarding a man who travels alone through the unforgiving Yukon in Winter, before ultimately falling victim to the harsh environment. The story portrays the issues in being unaware of the power of nature and portrays a strong naturalist, In the very beginning of the story, his indifference to the forces of nature is evident through London’s vivid imagery of the uninhabited environment and the man’s nonchalant tone imitated through the neutral diction present. Furthermore, the quote “The trouble with him was that he was without imagination. He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances,” explicitly foreshadows that an issue will come of his indifference
In Jack London's “To Build A Fire” the story follows a man and his dog in the Klondike and their obstacles of trying to get to the boys which are his compatriots. The story revolves around the winter and how mankind reacts to the wild. The author uses nature to illustrate the poem’s tone by vilifying nature and using it as an obstacle.
In Jack London's "To Build a Fire" we see a classic story of man against nature. In this story, however, nature wins. One reason that this is such a compelling and engrossing story is the vivid descriptions of the environment the nameless main character endures. Plot and characterization are brief, and the theme is simple. Yet this story is still a very popular story, and it has a mysterious quality that makes it great.
In a society such as the one we live in, nature has become drown out by aspects more parallel to our lives. Humans no longer value nature as much as we should. Nature has been imprudently shoved to the back of our minds, and false pretenses have been created allowing us to think it is possible to ignore the forces of nature in our lives. Humanity is in great conflict with nature, and consequently, our lives are negatively impacted. To resolve this conflict, humans must realise that nature is always present.
In the story “To Build a Fire” a man struggles to survive. The man failed to survive because of his foolishness. The man's ego caused him to do wrong decisions while in the wild. Mother nature throw many did not take easy on the man. The cold was too much for the man to handle.
The story “To Build a Fire” narrates about a man who decides to travel through freezing temperatures of Yukon and becomes a victim of the unforgiving power of nature. The temperatures reading 170 below the freezing point, the man decides to light a fire. Having several attempts to light the fire, he decides to run around like a “chicken with its head cut off” and finally comes to rest to meet his death with dignity. All that the man is trying to do is to find the meaning of his existence.
“It’s only cold if you’re standing still” unfortunately for the man In “To Build A Fire” by Jack London this wasn’t true, with the harsh Yukon climate coming after him. The man could not move any body parts or even being able to feel your fingers. The man and his dog were out all by themselves in the harsh miserable weather when they got lost and could not find their way back to camp. The man then made a few decisions that forced him into not being able to bear the cold and forcing him to choose death over fighting. The man made many preposterous mistakes however, there were three main mistakes that got him killed. The three irrational mistakes that the man made to force him to death were unsuccessful fires, stepping into the ice/water trap, also the man went out against an old timer's
In her passage, Ms. Vollmer argues about McCandless failing to hear the warnings provided by Jack London through his stories which McCandless had read and reread many times. In his story 'To Build a Fire' Jack London has shown the difference between a person who did not care about the risks and a dog with pure instincts. The similarity between this man and McCandless was that both were inexperienced to the adverse events of nature and both failed to see the dangers. The main purpose of London's story was to warn the adventurers about the risks to the wilderness. As an enthusiast of Jack London, McCandless had read these stories many stories many times and yet failed to understand London's warnings. Shreds of evidence lie in every mistake he had made as he continued his journeys making Vollmer's argument agreeable.
lead his readers to believe that the man will suffer a tragedy in the end
James E. Faust once said, “Unfortunately, some of our greatest tribulations are the result of our own foolishness and weakness and occur because of our own carelessness or transgression.” In To Build a Fire by Jack London, a man is on a journey to get to his camp but the problem is that it is seventy degrees below zero, and he is travelling only with a dog to help him. The man, unfortunately, dies at the end of the story from frostbite after falling into an almost frozen creek and not being able to make a fire in order to warm himself up. One cause of his death is the man’s arrogance. The second cause of his death is his carelessness and hasty decisions. The man makes terrible decisions leading to his death, it is not nature’s fault.
Nature is the strongest thing in this world that everyone takes for granted. It holds the power to create life, but also destroy in mere seconds. In the modern world, we try to figure out and use nature in a way that can benefit us, but not how we can benefit it. With a constant search for nature and its resources, it causes humans to less mindful of the wilderness around us and how no matter what, at the end, nature will outlive all of us. Humans think they can outsmart nature with their new technology and progress, but we also end up having to turn back to nature for help in order to survive. In Jack London’s story, To Build a Fire, we follow a man into the wilderness
“To Build a Fire” by Jack London is a short story about a man traveling through the Alaskan Yukon to meet up with his friends for lunch. The author keeps the character nameless and refers to him only as “The Man” which is used to show a connection between humanity and nature. The story shows the hardships the man goes through to get to his destination through the Alaskan Yukon, yet unfortunately doesn’t make it. The conflict is a man versus nature theme which contrasts strong and direct relations of the hardships in nature. Throughout this analysis, I am going to explore the conflict between the man and the merciless nature he has to go through before his death.