However, Tub excuses his obesity as an inherited trait. The men resume hunting as it continues to get colder, though it turns out Tub had missed some tracks in the snow. Following the tracks, they see that a deer had escaped to a private area, and Kenny wants to go after it. As the men leave for the truck, Tub lags behind again and eventually stops at a stump to sit and eat
Into The Wild “Although he was rash, untutored in the ways of the backcountry, he wasn 't incompetent—he wouldn 't have lasted 113 days if he were”. This comment from Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild conveys his belief that young Christopher McCandless who is the focus of his novel may have been young and inexperienced in regards to the Alaskan wilderness but he was capable of basic survival as he had demonstrated during his many day’s surviving the brutal environment of the Alaskan frontier. After Christopher McCandless met his untimely death alone in a school bus down the Stampede Trail in Alaska, Jon Krakauer received considerable criticism for his viewpoint that Christopher wasn’t “stupid, tragic and inconsiderate”. He firmly believed
Argumentative Essay In “To Build a Fire,” the story of an unnamed man traveling along the Yukon Trail with a dog is told. Throughout the story, the man’s death is foreshadowed. The husky that he is traveling with has a natural instinct and understands, seemingly more than the man, that traveling the Yukon Trail in the freezing cold temperatures is extremely dangerous. The man soon learns how cold it is when he spits. His saliva turns into ice before hitting the ground, and he knows this means that it is more than fifty degrees below freezing.
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.
I believe Shaun Callarman whom focuses on Chris McCandless is quite harsh in saying Chris had no common sense and saying that he does not admire him for his courage when Chris McCandless was a brave, wise and intelligent man. He knew exactly what he was getting into when he started his journey on going to Alaska. I think that he wanted to explore the wild and experience a different life other than the one he had. I disagree with Callarman saying McCandless was bright and arrogant at the same time. He had no business going to Alaska but that was his tactic for getting away from society.
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.
He chose not to bring a map, compass, watch because he didn’t want to know what time, day, month or year it was when he went into the wild. He also made the decision not to bring any real food except a 10 lb bag of rice, and a book about plants. Interestingly, one of Chris’s favorite authors was Jack London who wrote the short story “To Build a Fire.” We know Chris was “mesmerized by London’s turgid portrayal of life in Alaska and the Yukon, [and] McCandless read and reread The Call of The Wild, White Fang, [and] “To Build a Fire”(Krakauer 44). The man from “To Build a Fire” made a lot of mistakes in the story that were very crucial. Unfortunately, Chris didn’t learn from the man in “To Build a Fire” because he made a lot of mistakes in Alaska as well such as not bringing enough food, or any type of device that tells time or what direction you’re going.
The harsh environment of Alaska changes his characteristics to where primitive instincts buried deep within him are seen. These would never have been expressed if he lived in California, however in Alaska it is about surviving and therefore it is necessary. With this new side of Buck, the remote wilderness begins to appeal to Buck as he is tempted and eventually does go live our with the other wild animals, allowing his ancestral memory to take him over and become a wild dog. Buck's lavish lifestyle took a major turn when he was kidnapped. Before, his life was easy, considering he was born into his wealth and easygoing lifestyle.
He wasn’t afraid of not coming back alive. So when he went into the wild in Alaska, Chris felt like he was for sure going to come back and publish the book that he has written throughout his journey to show others that taking risks like this is totally okay. Unfortunately for Chris it wasn’t okay. I believe that he did not intend to “kill himself” for going into the wild with basically nothing. He wanted to go in there without really anything so that he can make things that were in the nature.
In the beginning of the story, he stops for a breath at the top of a steep hill but has to excuse the act by check his watch revealing his pride (London 2). The nameless man’s arrogance also shines through by his attempt to conquer the deadly Yukon alone, during his first winter. He exaggerates his survival abilities when he takes a separate, longer path than his buddies at the cabin with nothing more
He talks about Rossellini, Waterman, Mccunn, and Ruess. My favorite story was McCunn’s. I didn’t see much in common between the two of them but it shows the true danger of the arctic conditions, and what happens when you don’t respect it. Just like McCandles. McCunn was careless he didn’t remember to get a way out of the arctic for winter time, he died painfully.