Jack London has written numerous stories, many of which take place in the Yukon of Canada. The location of these stories plays a crucial part in the outcome of it all. He uses this location mainly due to his work he did there. After working in the Klondike of Alaska, London returned to his home and started to publish books. His characters were most often males with a sense of adventure.
Jack London implements imagery to heighten the reader’s experience by allowing them to visualize the actual setting and predict what kind of life-threatening situations the man can possibly go through. According to the story, it states, “There was no sun or promise of sun, although there was not a cloud in the sky... there seemed to be an indescribable darkness over the face of things.”(64). The darkness promotes the reader to portray a
In The Story of The Eyewitness Jack London is describing what happened after the San Francisco earthquake. London uses vivid language to better explain what happened. The language he uses in the story will help readers better understand what the damage from the earthquake did. London uses first person, descriptive words, and talks about how much damage was actually done to completely immerge his audience into the story. London uses first person perspective in his story about the earthquake to make the devastation seem more personal.
The dog had no idea how cold the actual temperature was yet it knew what needed to be done to survive. This shows that it is not facts alone that create knowledge, but the understanding of the situation and the imagination to create a better one. The combination of the need for imagination, natures indifference of humans’ survival and Jack London’s upbringing and beliefs lead to the death of the narrator. Jack London was born into a life of poverty but by the time he became an adult he found himself bellow where he started (Williamson). This is similar to that of the life of the nameless man in the story “To Build A Fire.” The man remains nameless because he represents working class people try to survive in a harsh environment that is capitalism.
“It is hardly a new perception that James Baldwin’s fiction, indeed all of his work, is spun out of suffering. His characters are to a significant extent defined by their capacity for pain, both their own and that of others. How they handle it is a measure of their endurance, of course, but more subtly of their creativity and their redemptive possibilities - both for self and for their communities” (Lee 92). This proves that despair is a constant in the communities of James Baldwin’s short stories, “The Rockpile”, “The Outing”, and “Sonny’s Blues.” Lee talks about how each character in each story is created from suffering and despair. This despair is what makes the people who they are, the persecution of their race and daily hardships.
Jack London had been an American novelist and is known for works such as The Call of the Wild, which McCandless greatly admired. Chris McCandless had greatly admired Jack London, going as far as carving “Jack London is King” at what came to be the site of his death. The Jack London quote used in the epigraph describes a scene in the forest but uses bitter imagery- yet somehow still romanticises it. “Alex” was unable to ever see past the facade London had built- given that London had hardly ever spent time in the wild himself and most definitely nowhere near as intense as Alaska. This chapter had described how he had been found and this quote leads back to that because though Chris was intelligent, he did not understand that London had to make nature sound beautiful.
In 1948, when the New Yorker published Shirley Jacksons piece, “The Lottery,” it sparked outrage among readers, but could arguably be known as one of her most famous pieces of writing. In this short story, Shirley Jackson used literally elements such as imagery, diction, and symbolism to foreshadow the negative and harsh ending of the story; the harsh ending that sparked such outrage by society in the 1940’s. One of the main ways Jackson foreshadows the ending and true meaning of her short story, “The Lottery,” is through symbolism. Jackson uses the color black throughout the story. This is described as both the color of the box the people use to draw from for the lottery and the color of the paper that the winner receives on the paper they
Thematic Analysis In Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” the theme of perseverance appears several times throughout the story. The man had not been following some of the rules, even at the start but he never really wanted to give up. Just like how he had to start those three fires, he was determined to do it and that shows perseverance. Even though the man was quite foolish at some parts, he did show incredible perseverance even at his worst times. As the story goes on, you can see how the man basically faces the potential loss of his fingers, toes, even parts of his face.
A story of such intensity. Jack London short story “All Gold Canyon” is a story of nature, death, money, discovery, and greed. The meaning behind the story, the imagery of the canyon and the tragic ending of the greedy man represent Jack London's view of nature and life. The meaning behind the story but comes clear once the background of Jack wanted is understood. John Griffith London (1876-1916) was born in San Francisco of an unmarried mother of wealthy background, Flora Wellman.
Writing was lucrative, and for the first time, authors could make a living doing what they loved. Although the history of American Literature in the 20th century includes many outstanding authors, Jack London made the most significant impact on the future of American Literature. Jack London became the most influential writer of the 20th century by researching his books firsthand through travel, vividly describing nature, and testifying to the human spirit’s will to survive. Traveling was a great love of Jack London and would provide firsthand knowledge to his writing. His adventures began at the age of 14, after quitting school.