Jack London’s short story, “To Build a Fire,” is the tragic tale of a man "who, against the advice of an old timer, ventures out into the harsh environment if the Yukon with only the company of a wolf-like dog. Due to his failure to heed the Old Timer's advice, the man is unprepared for the below freezing temperatures and becomes a victim of the harsh terrain. Towards the beginning of his journey, the man gets his feet wet as he falls through the ice into the water of a spring. The extremely low temperature means that the man needs to quickly build a fire to prevent his feet from freezing. Frantically, the man attempts to create a fire, however, his efforts prove to be ineffective.
Both Coyote and Prometheus are alike because they both want to make sure that the people are not cold from winter. As I was reading I saw this quote, “Coyote, overhearing this, felt sorry for the men and woman. He also felt that there was something he could to help them.” This quote shows that Coyote wanted to get fire to help people just like Prometheus did in the Firebringer. Coyote and Prometheus both want to help people for good In the myth the Beings and the Gods are alike because they both do not want anyone as powerful as them. I
His experiment teaches him so much and he gains new friends or “pack members”. In the book Never Cry Wolf, Mowat uses pathos, humor, and logos in his experiment when he is trying to find out if the wolfs are blood thirsty killing wild animals. Mowat uses humor throughout the book, and that helps to prove that The wolves are not mean animals. The first humorous part of the book was when Mowat went out to watch the wolves and he couldn’t find any trace of them. When he was about to leave he turned around to go pee and as he was peeing he noticed that the wolves are staring right at him.
The only two point of views in the story belong to both of these characters and their shared experience differs through the narrative and through instinct. The dog is introduced with instinct just as much as the man is introduced with arrogance, “its instinct told it a truer tale than was told to the man by the man 's judgment” (London 630) and it is through this instinct the dog ends the story alive. The dog’s instincts work to characterize nature as indifferent in just how instincts develop and work. It was through the dog’s ancestor’s ancient and long-lasting struggle that it was given an advantage. 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.
This scene helps to continue the desperate tone the narrator developed. The pain is very intense, yet the man know that his survival lays between whether or not he can start the fire. His hands are his only way of keeping his life. Although, in the end he loses both. When focusing on the symbol of the dog, we see that the dog represents the reality and instinct of the story.
The blood dried on his face during the ride out of town (966). This was a sense of pride for Sartoris, weird huh that he got beat up but still prideful, but Sartoris had defended the family name. A little later in the story Snopes plans to burn down a barn and it being De Spain’s barn, Sartoris feels that it is morally wrong and decided to tell De Spain that it was going to happen. De Spain then goes out and kills Snopes. As I said early in the paragraph before this that Sartoris has a hard time deciding between being loyal to his family or the law and in this case he was loyal to the law but the rest of the family was loyal and they still wind up alone, “… no blood to stick to...” This is that non-literal sense of blood if you didn’t catch
People walk into the wilderness to “No longer to be poisoned by civilization he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.”(163). Being alone had made him happy but it started to come up to him that happiness isn’t real until it is shared. Even though that made him happy, this experience that he had led him to think that it isn’t so bad being with other people and he can return to civilization. Throughout the story, Chris had tried to find his purpose in life and tried to be happy but didn’t realize how unprepared he was. This leads to the conclusion that Chris could not conquer the wild on his own especially with the skill set that he had.
In the book “Into the Wild” written by John Krakauer, and the short story “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, both represent and differ similarities within these stories. These two stories represent a selfish man thinking they can tackle an adventure in the wild. The two main characters live and experience identical deaths. The similarities between these two characters are nothing more than that both men travelled in similar harsh winter weather conditions, despite the fact both men were informed before their travels it would not be a simple journey to survive. Why would people face harsh weather conditions with little to no aid for them to survive?
Last, the dog's whereabouts are different when their good masters are being attacked.For example, Buck was out in the wilderness (away from camp) answering the “call of the wild” when John Thornton and his partners were attacked and killed by the Yeehats. White Fang was in the cabin with Jack Conroy when Beauty Smith (White Fang’s old mean master) and his henchmen attack Jack, luckily, White Fang saves Jack’s life unlike Buck did for John. Since, the dogs whereabouts were different when their masters were attacked, that is another reason why The Call of the Wild and White Fang are
“Thornton’s doubt was strong in his face, but his fighting spirit was aroused- the fighting spirit that soars above odds, fails to recognize the impossible, and is deaf to all save the clamor for battle” (52). Buck does the impossible and breaks the sled from the frozen snow and pulls one thousand pounds one hundred yards all by himself. John Thornton wins $1,600 dollars- which is around $46,000 today- and sets off into the wilderness with his accomplices Pete, Hans, Buck, and his other dogs to look for a lost mine. Buck accomplished this tremendous act out of love for John Thornton. “As Thornton got to his feet, Buck seized his mittened hand between his jaws, pressing in with his teeth and releasing slowly, half-reluctantly.