Imagine being so cold that you couldn’t even move or feel your own fingers; that is how the man in Jack London short story “To Build a Fire” felt. In the short story, a man tries to survive the cold and it’s not just cold - it’s extremely cold. The man tries to survive, but fails and gets killed. How did he die? Three things that got the man killed were that he fell in the ice trap, he built a fire under a tree with snow on it , and didn’t listen to the old man’s advice.
First, the man is arrogantly traveling with his dog on a secluded trail towards a mining camp, ignoring the wise advice from an old timer of the Yukon. Next the man struggles for survival after experiencing a series of life threatening events. Finally, after the man’s multiple attempts of failure, he decides to humble himself enough to accept his defeats and peacefully leave the
He also usually doesn’t carry weapons when he goes out to watch wolves he didn’t even carry any weapons into the wolves den. Mowat works for the government, and knows that they won’t believe him if he said that the wolves weren’t killing all of the caribou so he has to lie about the amount of caribou being killed by the wolves. These reasons are why you can trust Mowat about the wolves. Emotionally Mowat gets kinda weird toward one of the wolves that he named Angeline he pretty much falls in love with her. It can also be humorous because he runs through the forest chasing the wolves naked, and an eskimo lady Ootek’s friend thought that Mowat was in danger so her and her children went running at him with knives and spears(195).
In the excerpt, Julie of the Woods by Jean Craighead George, Miyax is stuck in the outskirts of the cold wilderness in Alaska with no one after her father has not returned from sea. She has not been able to catch food and rely on the wolves to catch her food, but the wolves have been ignoring her since. Now it is up to Miyax to develop a way, for which the wolves will bring her food for her survival. Following Julie of the Wolves comes Hatchet. Hatchet shares a similar fate of being abandoned with the protagonist Brian, who shortly figures out that for his carelessness, his food and shelter has been vandalized by a mere skunk.
All throughout the book, Buck slowly turns into a wild dog and lets his inner wolf come out, one way he does this is he digs a hole and learns that he 's not going to have a warm bed anymore. After walking around and getting kicked out of the nice warm tents, Buck learned that to keep warm at night he would have to dig a hole and prepare for the cold winter nights. Buck confidently selected a spot, and with much fuss and wasted effort proceeded to dig a hole for himself.” (London 20 & 21). In this quote, it is explaining that Buck had to find a spot to dig a hole to make himself a bed instead of being treated like a king and sleeping in the tent. Buck starts to become very protective of his master John Thornton, his crazy side starts to
Given being the keyword, as all the dog did was follow passed down genetic information and acted upon it, such as when it fell into the ice and bit off the forming ice on its paws, “it did not know this. It merely obeyed the mysterious prompting that arose from the deep crypts of its being” (London 632). Nature provided these promptings, not because it favored the dog over the man, but simply because the dog’s ancestors were native to the environment the two were struggling through. It was pure luck and obedience on the dog’s part when faced with a force greater than itself that led to its survival, nothing more; nature has no favorites, survival of the fittest is completely
By the end, he sheds the veneer of civilization and relies on primordial instinct and learned experience to emerge as a leader in the wild. He was influenced by Jack London's novel To Build a Fire also influenced chris because it's about a man and his dog and the man is supposed to meet with “The Boys” but while hiking he falls through the ice
Atticus showed courage when he shot the rabid dog because he knew he was going to kill the dog because he’s a good shot but Heck Tate was relying on him to keep everyone safe and unharmed. He says that this isn’t courageous but I disagree because if he kills the dog and doesn’t miss. “ I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. (Pg.128)” Atticus thinks that this isn’t courage because he wants his kids to see you can be courageous without a gun, a gun is never the answer.
According to the story, it states, “The snow fell without warning upon the man and the fire, and the fire was dead...The man was shocked. It was like hearing his own judgment of death.”(73). The snow smothered the man’s last fire which makes the reader very anxious and curious about what he is going to do next and if he is going to potentially die or not as a humble man. The story also clarifies, “...the man broke through. It was not deep.
After being oblivious of his own strengths and killing the dog, Lennie says that, “‘Now maybe Geaorge ain’t gonna let me tend no rabbits, if he fin’s out you got killed,’” (Steinbeck 121). Furthermore, Lennie’s puppy is one of several symbols that represent the victory of the strong over the weak. Lennie kills the puppy accidentally, as he has killed many mice before, by virtue of his failure to recognize his own strength. Like an innocent animal, Lennie is unaware of the vicious, predatory powers that surround him. Finally, Candy’s dog represents the fate awaiting anyone who has outlived his or her purpose.
Imagine Lack of Imagination One would not think that imagination would be vital in the numbing Yukon, however in Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”, the narrator proves just how much even a puny amount of imagination will help a man in the extreme cold; through ignoring old advice, lack of common sense, and inexperience with nature’s instinct, one man will face death’s door in the cool dark depths of the Yukon. Before the man departed for his journey, he had visited a wise old man (who had taken the journey across the Yukon before) for advice about the trip. The man had said to travel with a partner and to not underestimate the cold, but the man had laughed at his advice; now that he was in the Yukon he was literally freezing to death: “Perhaps
When in the wild he had to get his own food and survive with little to no help. When living with the humans he had a safe place every night and had food when he needed it. I think that is would be fitting if he lived his life either as a pet or a wild animal. White Fang was born part wolf and part dog. Before he was born, his mother, father, and some other wolves were trying to kill a dog sled team and two men.
To Build a Fire talks about a man who was on the Yukon Trail. He was on his way to meet his friend. There were harsh conditions and he had to camp for the night, or not he would surely die from frostbite. Trying to get himself warm, he builds a fire, but then is covered by snow. He tried to run around to get blood circulation, but it endured him.
Deepak Chopra once said, “The masculine energy was about survival. The male was the hunter who risked his life and had to be in the fight-flight mode.” When pertaining to survival, the main character in “To Build a Fire” by Jack London failed to follow three main steps in Laurence Gonzales’ nonfiction trade book, “Deep Survival.” The main character failed to stay calm, to think, analyze, and plan, and to never give up his trek through the pure untrampled white snow. One reason the main character died is because he did not follow the step of staying calm (Gonzales 96). In his crisis, remaining placid, a detrimental key while in a critical situation, was unachievable by the protagonist of the story. For example, when the man built the second