The setting in “To Build a Fire” is in the wilderness of the frozen Yukon Trail in Alaska during the harsh winter months. The man states “There was no sun nor hint of sun in the sky.” During this time the characters in the story could literally freeze to death if they could not keep their body temperature up. They were traveling along the trail during the dangerous temperatures
“When you're in the battlefield, survival is all there is. Death is the only great emotion.” This quote by Samuel Fuller relates to the protagonist in the short story, “To Build a Fire,” by Jack London, and how he felt overpowered with the idea of death. When people are put in a life or death situation, they steps they take in order to survive share a certain correspondence mentioned in “Deep Survival,” by Laurence Gonzales. Yet when put in a life threatening situation the protagonist failed to follow a few of these steps which lead to his eventual death. The steps that the main character failed to complete during his expedition into the vast wilderness include staying calm, taking decisive action, and surrendering the fear of death.
Growing up, we are always told to listen to others, but is this really sage advice? “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, is the tale of an adventure through the wild Yukon Trail of Alaska. A man hikes the trail alongside a dog and has to survive the harsh cold, and the only way to do that is to build a fire. An old man from Sulphur Creek gives him advice, to never travel alone in the area’s extreme cold, but he ignores it. London’s text shows us that you should listen to those who know more than you, or harsh consequences will follow your recklessness.
These questions, crying for a response, are debated, studied, and portrayed in both Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” and “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell. The settings in these stories, the Yukon in “To Build a Fire” and an island in the south Atlantic in “The Most Dangerous Game”, take a toll on the main characters in a very different fashion. Both of these short stories provide excellent demonstrations of this topic but the most obvious are the environment The Man is in, the, application of nature in Rainsford’s survival, Connells animal-like description of Rainsford, and the symbol of fire. We see in “To Build a Fire” that The Man is constantly plagued by the icy tundra he finds himself in. Unfortunately for him, at the beginning of his journey, the cold did not bother The Man.
They both know it’s coming for them eventually, yet they only find out for sure after they are already dead. These two stories have many similarities including the setting, the main concept of death, and the struggle of man vs. nature, but despite these similarities they also have many differences such as the type of main character, the way they think of death, and how they go about dying. In both stories we are shown a wilderness type area completely frozen over and snowy. They both are even in the same
In “To Build A Fire” the central message is survival of the fittest in the world. He died because he was not able to make it back without freezing to death. The man didn’t care, and he didn’t realize how serious it was. The man thought he was powerful and could beat nature, but that’s not what ended up happening. Like the author said, “ Fifty degrees below zero stood for a bite of frost that hurt... “ (London 332).
It includes exposition, rising action, climax, falling action action and resolution/denouncement. Narrative structure isn't complicated to comprehend and identify. Narrative structure is the content of the story and the form used to tell the story. In Fanrenheit 451 the exposition and rising climax are the first things you can identify. In the beginning we get a sense of the characters, who they are, and what they are all about.
Wildfires Did you know that wildfires can get up to the speeds of 14 miles per hour, and 90% of wildfires are stared by humans? Wildfires are stared by humans because of cigarette buds being left on the ground, campfires not being put out. Another reason of how wildfires are stared by humans is burning wastes. Wildfires forms in inserting ways, they are very deadly and happen in a lot of place. First, it is important to understand the interesting ways that wildfires may begin.
He takes a risk that could either pay off mightily or possibly send him to his death. The Man is lead to a yukon territory that is extremely cold. He is isolated from all people and only has a dog making the journey with him. It is clear that the temperature becomes the man's enemy, “Fifty degrees below zero meant 80 degrees of frost. Such facts told him that it was cold and uncomfortable, and that was all.
Arrogance is Dangerous In the short story “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, the author analyzes the similarities of humans logic and animal instincts in a life or death situation. The story takes place in a arctic winter where a man and his dog are trekking through a frozen forest to get to another town. Soon after he leaves, the man realizes that it is a lot colder than he had thought when his spit freezes instantly in the air instead of it freezing when it hits the ground. Despite this discovery and the fact of humans only being able to “live within certain narrow limits of heat and cold”(London 482), the man decided to continue on towards his destination. During the whole time the man was just trying to prove it to others that he able to conquer these conditions, while the dog knows that the cold they are enduring is nothing to test.