Because he is not prepared, McCandless dies in a bus he finds. Chris had every intention of coming back to civilization, but sadly eats something poisonous and is unable to get it out of his system. Prior to eating the poisonous food, Chris tries to cross the river that he had easily traveled through in the spring. Since it is now winter, he is unable to do so and is forced to retreat back to the bus. Though the book focuses on McCandless, it tells brief stories of other men who have gone into nature and passed away as well.
Unfortunately for him, at the beginning of his journey, the cold did not bother The Man. He states, “it was cold and uncomfortable, and that was all…it did not lead him to consider his weaknesses as a creature affected by temperature” (London 2). The man knew it was extremely cold, but failed to recognize the intense gravity of his situation: he did not process it as a viable threat. Eventually, this lack of fear caused his unfortunate demise. As the story goes on, his environment begins to
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.
For example, when the gambler sends Tommy off with the snow shoes, he agrees to go part of the way with him and then return to the group. However, time passes and John Oakhurst does not return. Both Piney and the Dutchess end up dying in the camp while waiting for the return of John. The narrator then reveals that John Oakhurst has in fact taken his own life. “And pulseless and cold, with a Derringer by his side and a bullet in his heart, though still calm as in life, beneath the snow lay he who was at once the strongest and yet the weakest of the outcasts of Poker Flat” (paragraph 36).
Throughout the story, the duo are literally carrying fire, or at least producing it. Fire sustains them; it allows for them to cook their food, keep warm, and to play cards or for the father to read to his son at night. Fire is the foundation of civilization but in The Road, it is also the primary implement of the destruction of civilization. Maybe the significance of fire is carrying the seeds of civilization. If humanity were to return to the world, it would be through the “good guys” like the man and his son.
Starting off as a young no-named peasant who has never seen the world, he had little to no experience in travel, when advised to flee the village; he had to be heroic in order to survive. For instance, when he senses that there is a spy after Bear, he goes out of his way to warn those at Bears meeting even if it means imperiling his own life. As stated in Crispin: The Cross of Lead, “… I went to the main street, and ran in the direction Bear had gone. I had to warn him.” (Avi, 224). He cared deeply for Bear and worked up the courage to go and warn the tavern.
The internal conflict was expressed more so in the midst of the story when the main character started his hike up to camp to find the boys and he realized it was a lot colder than he thought. During this time he remembered the old man from Sulphur Creek who told him about the weather previously before and that he shouldn’t go alone. The internal conflict came at an climax when the man realized he could freeze to death since he was not able to start a fire and his method of beating his hands to spark a feeling of sensation didn’t work. He was at anger with himself when he realized he was at fault with this predicament he was in, and coming to an end he accept his fate of death and died lying in the snow. This story relates to the societal message that people need people, if the main character would have just had someone with him he could of survived and would’ve made it back to camp, but he decided to go alone and being alone is what ended his
At the beginning, it explains that the man form Sulfur Creek had always warned the man of where he making his trek was going to be extremely tough to bare, but the man kept insisting that it was nothing he could not handle. Because the man underestimated almost every situation, by the end of the story, he had put himself into a rut where “he realized that it was no longer a mere matter of loosing his hands and feet… but it was a matter of life and death”(London 490). The dog, however, “merely obeyed the mysterious prompting that arose from the deep crypts of its being”(485 London) much like when the dog fell into a hidden river. This was a crucial situation because the ice would freeze on his feet which would inevitably lead to death. Even though the dog does not cognitively deducting this problem, the its instinct realized this and made it lick the ice off its feet.
The forces of nature are unable to be predicted, especially in an environment where someone has not familiarized themselves with. London explains how the forces of the environment are not in favor of the man who chooses to disregard the warnings that were given to him. At the beginning of the man’s journey he had been warned by the old man about the harsh winter months that the Yukon would offer those who travel through the wilderness. However, he chose to ignore the warnings and proceed on his endeavor of the Yukon. For example, “The man from Sulphur creek had spoken the truth when telling how cold it sometimes gets in the country.
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