Strength In Ernest Hemingway's To Build A Fire

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In the story “To Build a Fire” the protagonist fails to recognize nature strength, almost in a disrespectful manner while traveling in the harsh Yukon environment. The down fall for him not listening and underestimating nature itself led him to his death. In this story you could find irony because he was also warned by a wise old man not travel alone in extreme conditions. The protagonist failed to listen to the old man that was his first mistake. The protagonist got lucky a couple times among his journey and came across many trial and errors, but the character’s luck started to run out. Once he recognizes his strength alone wouldn’t get the job done, he instantly realizes it was over and eventually died in the cold Yukon trail. No human…show more content…
“He knew that a fifty below spittle crackled on the snow, but this spittle crackled in the air. Undoubtedly it was colder than fifty below how much colder he did not know. But the temperature did not matter” (111). Under normal circumstance spit does not freeze in the air nor does on the ground. Since it did both that tells us as peers, he is in a dangerous environment where he shouldn’t travel alone. Since the protagonist subconscious mind fails to get an understanding how easy it is to freeze to death in the conditions he is in. He continues to go further down his menacing path to failure.
Due to his lack of imagination, the character will not recognize how much of a threat nature will be as he dig deeper down his path. Since he fails at recognizing the strength of nature almost in a disrespectful manner, its treacherous force will soon hit him hard. The author hilfer, Anthony channel states an issue on environmental situations that relates his story blowback to London with the topic view of nature and the wild. He states that humans should have more respect for the wild because it’s Mother Nature. Mother Nature is very unpredictable and cannot be stopped by human
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