and in the stars so brightly you could see the stars themselves blinking down at the snowman and the boy. It 's said that in nights like these a winter time miracle could happen. And as it happened a winter sprit seeing the snowman and the rather sad boy. moved into the snowman and it started to move. The boy was shivering but seemed to just standing there admireing his work but as the snowman gently prodded the boy with his broom hand.
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
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.
Jack London’s effective use of basic literary techniques such as narration and conflict in the short story “To Build a Fire” is successful in keeping the reader involved throughout the story. Jack London’s use of third person narration in telling the story allows the reader to be privy to information surrounding the unnamed man of which he is unaware. In using third person, London builds anxiety by foreshadowing the dangerous events that are about to happen to the man. In the story, after falling into an ice-cold stream, the man builds his new fire under a tree. As he begins to pull the branches from the tree above his fire, other snow-covered branches begin to shake (12).
Jack London’s short story, “To Build a Fire,” is the tragic tale of a man "who, against the advice of an old timer, ventures out into the harsh environment if the Yukon with only the company of a wolf-like dog. Due to his failure to heed the Old Timer's advice, the man is unprepared for the below freezing temperatures and becomes a victim of the harsh terrain. Towards the beginning of his journey, the man gets his feet wet as he falls through the ice into the water of a spring. The extremely low temperature means that the man needs to quickly build a fire to prevent his feet from freezing. Frantically, the man attempts to create a fire, however, his efforts prove to be ineffective.
A large sum of his stories focus on the instincts of animals and the questionable survival of man in extreme conditions and situations. A recurring theme throughout these short stories is survival, and the protagonist typically does not achieve this goal. Survival on the frontier is not easily achieved, as Jack London knows all too well. He and his family took part in the gold rush during the early 1900’s, getting first hand experience with the things he writes about. “To Build a Fire”, one of London’s more popular stories, focuses on a man traveling through the Yukon Valley with only an unfriendly dog as a
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.
Jack London 's "To Build a Fire" is a short story that uses the literally element of naturalism to describe how an individual 's choices he or she makes ultimately will decide their fate in the future. In the short story the main character 's ego and lack of experience overcomes him, as he tries to travel through Yukon Trail in the middle of winter unprepared and ill-equipped. He made the poor choice of ignoring all the warning signs, leading up to, and during his journey. The man 's selfishness and arrogance lead to his unfortunate outcome. The story is set in the Yukon during the great Klondike Gold Rush, when over 100,000 people moved to the Yukon Territory in search of gold.
This book refers to Jack London’s story because it shows them both living off the land, one in a harsh cold, and with very little resources to stay alive. Both of them have a journey, but eventually pass away in the end, though both struggled to stay alive throughout their story. Christopher McCandless had no one with him on his journey, just like John London’s character, and they both ended up
In To Build a Fire, the man had no respect for nature. He didn’t respect the fact that nature is stronger than any man. He went outside in below freezing weather and thought he could make it, but he couldn 't. He treated the land like it was something that could change to meet his needs. Nature will not stop or slow down because a man wants to go on an adventure.