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  • To Build a Fire

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    To Build a Fire The short story "To build a Fire" by Jack London, tells about the relationship between man and nature. The story takes place in the Yukon during one of the long night. The main character who is unnamed travels with a dog along a small trail to a mining camp. The man leaves against the advice of a local and after a short time realizes that he should have waited. The temperature is extremely cold because the mans spit freezes before it hits the ground. The main obstacle of his journey

  • Analysis Of ' Build A Fire '

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    To Build a Fire The theme of to build a fire is that arrogance leads to unnecessary pain. To build a fire starts with a man on a cold, snow-covered mountain. This man is thousands of miles away from civilization. He believes it is negative 50 degrees Fahrenheit while it is actually negative 75 degrees. He first notices it is below negative 50 when he spits onto the ground, but his spit freezes and cracks in the air rather than on the ground like it would do at negative 50. The man has his dog with

  • To Build A Fire Essay

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    “To Build A Fire”, by Jack London was a story about a man who’s job is to ship logs in the springtime. The author uses the 8 aspects of fiction to reflect his point of view that it takes brains to survive. The characters in the story are used to keep the story going and help the author come across to his audience. The plot is the storyline in which the story it self takes place. The setting is the environment in which the story takes place. The suspense is when the author keeps information back

  • “To Build a Fire” Essay

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    “To Build a Fire” is a short story written by Jack London. It is viewed as a masterpiece of naturalist fiction. “To Build a Fire” features a miner who is traveling to the Yukon Territory with a dog as his companion. The miner is the protagonist and the dog companion is called the foil. The dog plays off of the traits of the protagonist. “The central motif of “To Build a Fire” concerns the struggle of man versus nature.” (Short Story Criticism) The most argued point in the short story is the reason

  • To Build A Fire Essay

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    'To Build a Fire';      In Jack London's, 'To Build a Fire';, it is obvious to see that as the story progresses, the man becomes more bestial. However at the same time the dog seems to gain the human quality of good sense. This quality of good sense, which the dog acquires, allows it to away from the same fate of the man. There are many examples of how this is portrayed as the story makes headway.      The first example of how the man becomes more

  • To Build A Fire Analysis

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    To Build a Fire Essay In the short story To Build a Fire by Jack London, London uses the minor character, the dog, to display the common sense and wisdom that the man in the story lacks. The actions by both the nameless man and the dog prove that, during the battle of man versus nature, survival instincts should be heard and followed. Acting unreasonably in such conditions along the cold Yukon trail, where the story takes place, is nothing else but a death sentence. To overcome nature in this situation

  • To Build A Fire Essay

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    Sometimes everyone feels like giving up, and the only thing a person can rely on is his will to survive. Giving up is admitting defeat, in every circumstance. In the story by Jack London, To Build a Fire, the main character learns a hard lesson of reality, when he meets his fate. The result came about because of many factors, mainly the man’s lack of psychological perserverance on the journey, as well as the harsh temperature and surroundings. If there was any hope for the man to survive these conditions

  • Theme Of To Build A Fire

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    To Build A Fire Genre: Adventure This short story is of the adventure genre. In the short story, the man is trekking through the Yukon wilderness and trying to survive even though nature is against him. A passage from the story that shows this is the adventure genre is: “This dark line was the trail—the main trail. It led south 500 miles to the Chilcoot Pass, and salt water. It led north 75 miles to Dawson, and still farther on to the north a thousand miles to Nulato, and finally to St. Michael

  • Essay about to build a fire

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         Interpretation “To Build a Fire”      In the story "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, a man is travelling through the klondike in Alaska to find his friends, "the boys". Because the man is only quick and alert to the things of life and not the significance, he finds himself in some very bad circumstances. The man experiences several instances of bad luck such as getting wet up to his knees, the spruce tree dumping snow on his fire, and matches falling

  • To Build a Fire: Revealing the Man

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    The story To Build a Fire demonstrates possible dangers of traveling in the Yukon under extreme cold. Through a young man, Jack London depicts the consequences of ignoring instinct and survival advice. The man travels with a dog, who can perceive the dangers of the freezing wilderness. The reader learns of the man's personality through descriptive words and phrases while journeying through the story. At the beginning of the story the man turned aside from the main trail. He stopped at the top