Summary: To Build A Fire By Jack London

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Mimesis is the imitation of life, capturing the human condition and painting it in a way so that others can experience it. Simply put, literature is the most effective way to do this. It allows the author the freedom to choose how they want to express every last detail of the story, the moment, and the event they want to capture and share with others. With this many works of literature make their way into the hearts of people that become touched by these stories. Jack London was one of these authors. He captured the human condition in way no one had done before and for that he became a man with who left his mark as an innovator in literature and cemented his legacy as one of the greatest authors of all time.
Jack London, born John Griffith
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When delving deeper into text we can see that London showcases the relationship of Nature vs Man. In doing so he introduces to the reader the harsh fact that nature is the true enemy of man. Nature does not care of the human condition and or about humanity in anyway. It also highlights the fact that nature is an unrelenting unstoppable force that man has no control over. Therefore, man must live within the confines nature allows man to live in, meaning nature is the ruler of man. London also introduces the themes of instincts, primitivity, judgement, and foolishness. All these themes in the story are interconnected as they play into the central conflict. The fact that the man decides to ignore the advice of others in traveling in conditions he shouldn’t is not only a neglect of better judgement and instinct but shows the foolishness within the man as he believes he has the upper hand against the forces of nature. We also can see that in the story the dog is a symbol and representation of instinct. The dog himself is aware that the conditions they are in are no conditions for survival. Yet this is further highlighted by the fact the dog has no knowledge of the actual temperature, unlike the man. Still the dog knows he must find fire and food for his survival being the reason that when the man dies at the end of the story he continues on to find refuge. It is ultimately this lack of judgement in contrast to the dogs more primitive ways of instinct that lead to the downfall of this
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