Summary Of Jack London's 'To Build A Fire'

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In Jack London 's "To Build a Fire," London reveals how a man walks through a tough winter in one of the many forests found in Yukon, Alaska. Facing a myriad amount of obstacles along the way; he depends on how he should tackle his problems when they appear during his journey instead of thinking ahead rationally and beyond the obvious. Before the nameless man leaves off to his harsh expedition he was forewarned by an elderly that “no man must travel alone in the Klondike after fifty below"(London). The man decides to ignore the elders warning and continues his path. If he would of listened to the wise man, he would have avoided all the sticky situations that would soon come his way and ultimately lead him to his demise. The man thinks only for himself, and for this just reason, it cost him his life. In this short passage, London shows the readers that the outcome of events can change dramatically if certain actions are scrutinized with unconscious insight. London asserts, "The trouble with him was that he was without imagination". 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
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