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To Build A Fire Man Vs Nature

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The relationship between man and nature is at times harmonious, and at other times, proves perilous. This explanation behind these varied results, is entirely due to the preparedness of the individual entering the wilderness. After all, there is no other explanation as to why some men emerge from the wild triumphant, and others such as the protagonist in “To Build a Fire” by Jack London perish. Therefore, in the case of “To Build a Fire”, the antagonist is not the wilderness, but instead is the man himself. For starters, the obvious deciding factor in survival seems to lie in how prepared an individual is. Arguably, the wilderness located in the Arctic climate comes with the most paramount requirement of preparation due to the frigid temperatures and copious amount of snowfall. Consequently, the man in “To Build a Fire” by Jack London should have taken special considerations when he decided to traverse the Yukon territory. The protagonist evidently ignored that frigid weather calls for more clothing, since he insisted on wandering the…show more content…
For instance, the man also fails to take note of his surroundings, a skill essential for survival. This is evidenced by the fact that he builds a fire directly under a tree whose branches are bearing a load of damp heavy snow. Of course, the snow falls and extinguishes the fire, and although the man knows it was “his mistake”, he is still “shocked” (London 73). The reader is shocked as well. Not at the fact that the snow fell, but that the protagonist in “To Build a Fire” can be so frustratingly brainless time and time again in such a dire circumstance. Nature did not claim the man’s life, instead he did by not taking the proper measures to preserve himself. Each tragic, languid, and careless mistake he made in the Yukon corroborates a “man v. himself” conflict since nature was merely a catalyst in his
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