The short story, “To Build a Fire’ by Jack London is a devastating tale of a man who makes the foolish decision to go off the Yukon’s main trail. The story starts off saying “Day had broken cold and gray”(First Paragraph), as the man further travels off the path he gets into extremely cold temperatures, “The Yukon lay a mile wide and hidden under three feet of ice. On top of this ice were as many feet of snow”(Second Paragraph). This man, this exceptionally foolish man who has never had a winter still continues to walk further upon the trail. However, this man was foolish but he was also simple, he looked at things in simplicity, he realized even though it was 50 degrees below freezing that the frost bite could be avoidable with mitten, hats, …show more content…
On Christopher journey he decided to enter the Alaskan turran with basically nothing, on his journey to Alaska people stopped him along the way offering him items to help insure his safety in the upcoming winter. Chris was foolish like the man he did not prepare as much as he needed to while coming into winter. While, Chris was on his journey he came across a trailer and decides that is where he was going to reside for the next couple of weeks. He was foolish and simple only bringing one bag of rice to help in survive in the wilderness, little did he know he was going to be stuck there for awhile. While Chris was adventuring out in the turran, the the river he crossed to get to the trailer (where he lives) started to get higher and was fericing flowing with water, making it impossible to cross. Chris started to run out of food and realized his simplicity might be the death of him, however, he did have a shotgun and a edible plants book and was able to carry on with eating meat he caught and plants he found. Sadly, even though Chris had a book of what not to eat and what to eat, he ‘misstepped’ and ate the wrong plant. A plant he thought was edible was actually a plant that would make it impossible for him to digest anything, furthing leading him to starve to death. Chris and the man were both simple men that travel into the …show more content…
On his flight, the pilot has a heart attacks and dies, while this is happening the plane is advancing downwards, and crashes. “Exhausted, terrified, and hungry, Brian struggles to find food and make a shelter for himself. He has no special knowledge of the woods, and he must find a new kind of awareness and patience as he meets each day's challenges. Is the water safe to drink? Are the berries he finds poisonous? Slowly, Brian learns to turn adversity to his advantage--an invading porcupine unexpectedly shows him how to make fire, a devastating tornado shows him how to retrieve supplies from the submerged airplane”(Paulsen). Unlike the man in To Build A Fire this boy was nowhere prepared to take on the journey of living in the woods alone, he had no background knowledge and everything he had to do was off of gut feeling, he was never sure. However, the boy was resourceful just like the man and was able to find ways to further prolong his living. The man in the short story made sure the dog went first so he would know when the ice was too thin, the boy in this story had things help him along the way like the tornado and porcupine. Yet, if they boy hadn’t of made the decision to go visit his father he would have never been in the position he was in. He made a wrong choice and it almost caused him his
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After picking up the hatchet, he sees something he never should have seen. Brian saw the pilot's head. The head was eaten by the fishes and Brian almost could have been sick in the water but comes up to the land and tried to sleep. The next day, Brian opened the survival pack. He found a freeze-dried meal which could be cooked fast and there were also an Emergency Transmitter which did not work even though Brian tried hard.
David Laskin’s The Children’s Blizzard explains the devastating force of an intense blizzard, which caught several people unprepared, and it tells the tragic stories of these people. On January 12, 1888 a massive blizzard struck the center of North America, killing between 250 to 500 people and affecting thousands. There were many factors that made this blizzard exceptionally deadly. Many farmers and children who were outside were unprepared to deal with any cold conditions, “a day when children had raced to school with no coats or gloves and farmers were far from home doing chores they had put off during the long siege of cold” (Laskin 2).
Christ had a map, the map he had was known as a topographic map, which tells you all the little details or where you can find things. If christ would have kept that map with him, and not got rid of it he would have most likely survived. (174) The map would have told him how to cross the river the day he decided to return to civilization, he would have gone out of there, and possibly explain his reason for doing what he did, but because he was so arrogant and wanted to prove he can do it on his own, he died. Chris was not in the right mindset to go into the wilderness like that, he was angry with him parents, he wasn’t thinking straight and once he stepped in that trail without anyone companionship, or help from anyone, he was already dead.
Now Brian is forced to fly the plane and crashes in some lake then swims and saves himself. He may not be picked up that day or any day so it leaves brian alone to survive and live on his own. He is not prepared for anything like this and does not know how to survive in the wilderness. Which will change his life forever. I found that all in the text that he has crashed and has already been the first day of the crash.
While he was going to the northern Canada, pilot gets bad heart attack. So Brian had to drive the plane. He didn’t know how to drive an airplane but while he was driving an airplane he starts to think about the book that he read about the plane. Luckily he land on the lake but everything execept his body was sank into the lake.
As Brain struggles through the long, hot days and cold, lonely nights, he learns through moment after moment techniques on how to survive. Throughout the novel, we learn how important fire becomes to Brian. How it keeps him alive, its glow the only thing Brian can trust, can use. Yet, his discovery of this life giving element was on accident. Purely thought of as sparks lit up a dark cave.
Chris lived in a very violent household. He went into nature to flee “ the claustrophobic confines of his family (Krakauer, 55).” Carine describes an incident in which Chris finds out more about his parent's relationship. “ Their fraudulent marriage and our father’s denial of his other son was for Chris a murder of every day’s truth. He felt his whole life turned like a river suddenly reversing the direction of its flow.
Chris died on August 18, 1992. His long journey believed to come to an end due to starvation. He had no idea where he was or what was surrounding him. Chris had no food or no drink and he had no way to communicate with anyone. “It is common sense to bring a map while hiking” .
Gary Paulsen 's Hatchet is a modern classic tale of a stranded boy 's struggle for survival in the wilderness. The book is based on a 13-year-old who is accustomed to big-city life and comfort when he finds himself alone in a remote Canadian forest with no tools but a hatchet his mother gave him. Brian Robeson, a thirteen-year-old boy from New York City, is the only passenger on a small plane headed toward the oil fields of Canada. Brian is on his way to spend the summer with his father, and he 's feeling totally bummed about his parents ' recent divorce. he doesn 't have much time to dwell on his unhappy family situation, though, because the pilot the only other person on the plane suddenly suffers a heart attack and dies.
Brian had changed to a city boy to a survival Brian he seen his life as. When he was very hungry he had to eat things he didn’t want to like bugs and many different other things he hasn’t eaten in his life before. When Brian had went out into the water with his hatchet he had seen the plane. So then he took his hatchet and hit on the side of the plane. Then, his hatchet drop into the
In conclusion, Christopher McCandless wanted to live the simplest life possible. The way he was raised, and how his parents were to him, just motivated him much more. To Chris it was not about the materialistic or luxurious parts of life, but life itself. Which is what drove him on his adventure into the wild.
The Hatchet is a intense survival story. The main character Brian is trapped in a forest after a bad plane crash. In the story, Brian used three survival strategies to lead him to staying alive in the forest and being able to face any challenges of survival. The strategies used are Trial and Error, Positive Thinking, and Observation. In the next paragraphs I will talk about the three main survival strategies Brian used to survive the forest.
Brian’s adventure begins when the pilot dies and Brian is forced to fly the plane before he ultimately crashes the plane into the wilderness, separating him from his family and the rest of civilization. Brian is very similar to many of the other heroes in young adult literature. One of the ways he is similiar is through his quest for identity. The divorce between Brian’s parents made his life unstable and muddied his sense of self. When the plane crashes in the woods, Brian then has to learn to grown up and survive.
To build a Fire is written by Jack London, It is a story that a man and a wolf-dog travel in the Yukon on an extremely cold morning .Although an old man has told him that it is dangerous to travel alone on this cold day, he does not believe that man and keeps moving. He plans to meet his friends by six o’clock at an old claim. At the beginning, he pays much attention to walking and thinks those old-timers were rather womanish, all man who was a man could travel alone. He does not care about the temperature and is making four miles an hour.
In “To Build A Fire” the author Jack London uses the contrast of humanity and nature to illustrate how fallible we are. We repeatedly see instances where mistakes return to haunt the man. Jack London as a prospector undoubtedly saw many deaths like these. Prospectors who thought the rules were for the“womanish”, who were later found dead, or never found at all.