Jack London 's "To Build a Fire" is a short story that uses the literally element of naturalism to describe how an individual 's choices he or she makes ultimately will decide their fate in the future. In the short story the main character 's ego and lack of experience overcomes him, as he tries to travel through Yukon Trail in the middle of winter unprepared and ill-equipped. He made the poor choice of ignoring all the warning signs, leading up to, and during his journey. The man 's selfishness and arrogance lead to his unfortunate outcome. The story is set in the Yukon during the great Klondike Gold Rush, when over 100,000 people moved to the Yukon Territory in search of gold.
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.
Winter can be endured, yet without heat and shelter, there are consequences. Finally, with a source of heat in his life, Ethan adores Mattie and fights to control her. He is in desperate need of this constant source; therefore, he does whatever he can to keep it. Meanwhile, Mattie is slowly melting the crystal, white snow and revealing a secret hidden beneath -- a loveless, broken marriage. “The note of authority in [Ethan’s] voice seemed to subdue [Mattie]” (88), yet he did not realize that the seasons cannot be controlled.
Every single piece of literature has a theme that can be learned from it, but every author differs in their way of showing it through the text. Jack London tells the tale of the death of an ignorant man traveling in Alaska’s extreme cold in “To Build a Fire”. The man’s tragic, but not unexpected, death portrays the theme of common sense and instinct being essential to survival. London shows his theme through the man’s own thoughts and actions, the man’s canine companion and the advice of the old timer from Sulphur Creek. The source of the main conflict in the story is the man’s need to build a fire after getting his leg soaked in sub zero water, and we can see the first way the theme is shown from his fall.
Skateboarding in Winter: Is it Possible? During winter season, you can expect to have an unpredictable weather. There are days when the harsh weather bombards us with rain and snow. Even the temperature fluctuates from cold to freezing points. The streets are littered with melting ice, salt and sand.
Throughout this stanza, the speaker alludes to ghosts, and death. First, he describes the Frost as being ghostly gray, and he goes on to describe the “mankind that had haunted nigh…”. He also uses alliteration to create a creepy, desolate scene in the reader’s mind. For example, the speaker says “And Winter’s dregs made desolate”
If London had focused the type of narration in “To Build A Fire” differently, he would have emphasized a different theme, provided an entirely different moral/tone, and changed the readers ' attitude toward the characters themselves. The narrator in “To Build a Fire” introduces the reader to an unimaginative man who was experiencing his first winter in the harsh Yukon with a predisposition focusing on what facts he knows but without the deeper understanding of the implications behind the facts. His journey and his thought process were earliest emphasized in the following lines: “The trouble
The conflicts show the struggles between the forces. With out them, there will not be any tension making no fun. Some stories even have multiple conflicts throughout the story. The stories “To Build a Fire”, “The Jungle”, and “Food Product Design”, mainly focuses on how each of the authors are going to use these devices to answer the thesis question as a whole. In the story “To Build a Fire”, the author Jack London uses a conflict, Man versus Nature, as the main rhetorical device.
It showed no mercy. No compassion. No kindness. The frigid temperatures, high winds and snowfall were major factors in the death toll being so high. Someone even wrote a song titled “The Murderous Blizzard”.
The huge crossing of Shibuya was massive, the temples were extraordinary, and the snow that fell on the ground gracefully was as comforting as falling face first into a pile of marshmallows. Every bit of Japan was wonderful, except for the pavement of course. From my 3 weeks there, they were another ruinous event that happened, but in Mt Fuji. After skiing and ice skating on frozen lakes, we decided to go rowing on a lake. My parents thought it was a good idea, but boy was they wrong.