In these lines, it expresses that in order for one to make it through difficult times, one has to have some form of creativity in order to get out of tricky situations. London wants the readers to understand that the foolish man did not require a fire and warmth, but a location to build his fire where it wouldn 't be extinguished by external properties. In the short story, "To Build a Fire", Jack London reveals a man 's hardships in nature and how
During survive alone in the wild forest, he often thought bitter memory about home and mother who betrayed his father. He suffered pain that memory. One day, tornado suddenly strike area where he was surviving. He found broken the plane's tail in the lake because of the
Nature is unpredictable, and is constantly throwing mankind curveballs, but when mankind chooses to ignore constant warnings nothing good can truly come from these bad decisions. One can interpret several different themes in Jack Londons’ short story “To Build a Fire.” Such themes could include being a hard-headed man who doesn’t listen to reason, or a man that shows great determination, despite his foolishness. Ultimately after reading this short story, the main theme that is constantly being explored in multiple stories by London would be the power in which nature deploys upon the characters. This particular story is a keen representation of Jack Londons writing style. A story about a man that ignores all warnings being thrown his way about the harsh conditions he will endure along his excursion through the Yukon.
London uses relatively plain and simple diction, but at the same time using imagery. London describes the morning of the man. Day had dawned cold and gray when the man turned aside from the main Yukon trail. He climbed the high earth-bank where a little-traveled trail led east through the pine forest... There was no sun or promise of sun, although there was not a cloud in the sky.
He helped others in the sense of building over 240 wells giving people water. Water at this time was a resource valued as much as gold. He will always choose to persevere through the hard times. He even says, “I overcome all of the difficult situations of my past because of the hope and perseverance and hope that I had.” The ending of the novel is so perfect because it set’s the fireworks that the story has been building up, in terms of Salva meeting Nya. The end reinforces the major theme of the novel, being how one can change through experiences challenges and lifestyle.
People have walked the same wintery paths for centuries and fail to make it to their destination but people still walk them. People climb mountains to say that they can. People cross snowy fields to get to the other side but people rarely do. In the short documentary Cold by Anson Fogel and the short story To Build a Fire by Jack London it shows people going head to head with nature. They show that if you don’t respect, and accept nature then you will have no motivation to live.
He is chasing the creation of life! He does this without weighing the pros and cons and just jumps right into it. Was not a very good idea. This is another tool Mary Shelley uses to relate the two. In the end of the novel Robert describes his voyage in a letter to his sister saying, "We are still surrounded by mountains of ice, still in imminent danger of being crushed in their conflict."
For example, in the very beginning, “a man was fighting his way to the door” (261). This small quote in itself, shows the struggle man faces against an effortless, natural environment. When the men are trying to “offer the smallest possible surface to the attack of the cold” (262), the wording personifies nature as it is giving the cold an action. From plentiful quotes like
With that, he has enough insight and knowledge in him to realize what is expected to survive. At the beginning of the book, Ralph was the only boy that was able to see that one must have a shelter and fire to get by in the conditions they are compelled to live in. This decision used both logic and emotion. Logically, “If it rains like when [they] dropped in [they will] need shelters”(Golding 52) and “If a ship comes near the island they may not notice [them]. So [they] must make smoke on top of the mountain.
Every single piece of literature has a theme that can be learned from it, but every author differs in their way of showing it through the text. Jack London tells the tale of the death of an ignorant man traveling in Alaska’s extreme cold in “To Build a Fire”. The man’s tragic, but not unexpected, death portrays the theme of common sense and instinct being essential to survival. London shows his theme through the man’s own thoughts and actions, the man’s canine companion and the advice of the old timer from Sulphur Creek. The source of the main conflict in the story is the man’s need to build a fire after getting his leg soaked in sub zero water, and we can see the first way the theme is shown from his fall.