The dog knows the cold better than the protagonist, but he is aware of his master’s whip and “made no effort to communicate its apprehension to the man” (London). After nearly freezing to death, the protagonist has a brief vision of killing his dog and using its body for warmth, showing that he has failed to use the advice of both men on the trail and of the dog, and can finally only use them for the most archaic and animalist benefit of his
In the passage To build a fire the character goal is to get to the campsite where all his friends will be waiting for him to arrive but he never makes it because of the low temperatures he faces many circumstances that slow him down. He struggles with fires when he runs out of matches and he starts to have problems with his body when factors of his body is numbed, his dog can feel that it is not good to continue going in the cold weather but his owner insist to stay and they continue to walk in the snow. The character can not go on anymore and dies out in the middle of nowhere. In conclusion, the moral of the story is even if you have people who give you advice but do not take it sometimes you have to rely on what people tell you. For example, in the story To Build a Fire the character figured out the hard way that you should never travel or hike on your own even you have the faith that you will make it out alive.
The book “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer describes a man by the name of Christopher McCandless that ventures out into the wilderness of Alaska unprepared which causes him to struggle during his adventure. This leads many people to question whether Chris was mentally sane or had problems. As time goes on during his stay in the wilderness, it started to make him realize all of the skills he had and didn’t have. Although his actions show that he was very inept at living in the wild. Burres was concerned but also knew that “He was smart.
Whether or not the man can build a fire in the story represents life and human’s ability to survive against nature. The man’s failure to build a fire further reinstates the dark and ominous tone presented by the narrator. Similar to fire, the man’s hands represents the relationship between life and death. The narrator describes that, “He kept his head to one side to escape the strangling fumes, and held the blazing bunch to the birch bar. And so he held it, he became aware of sensation in his hand.
Van Winkle is genuinely loved by the people of his village, especially by the children whom he tells ghost stories to, plays with, and gives toys. However, this simple, easy-going man has one great error in his character: he is incredibly lazy, despising work in all forms. Therefore, Van Winkle must endure the unrelenting nagging of his wife, Dame Van Winkle, every day. When he can no longer deal with the words of his wife, Van Winkle decides to wander the mountainside with his loyal cur dog, Wolf. After some time, Van Winkle hears his name called out by a Dutch man,
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?
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.
In "To Build a Fire" the protagonist makes bad decisions because he is far from civilization, and he wants to reach it. For example, before he stops to build the first fire, he realizes that it is colder than he has ever experienced before, but he does not do anything because he is only thinking about the fact that “at six o’clock he would be in camp with the boys.” This shows that the protagonist is not thinking about his well being, he is just thinking about reaching his friends. Another example is when he builds the second fire under the spruce tree then snow fell from the tree, and “the fire was blotted out." This example shows that the protagonist is not thinking straight because he built his fire in a bad place because he was focusing on getting to civilization, not surviving. In "An Episode of War", the protagonist is treated differently because of his injury.
In both stories an example of determinism would be that both of the men’s outcomes were determined by nature. In “Love of Life” nature really did decide his fate, because he was forced to struggle through the frigid weather without shelter, and in the search food. However bleak it may have seemed nature did show him mercy by allowing him to find the ship and allowing the reachers come to his rescue. In “To Build A Fire” nature forced the man through all of the hardships of being cold and hungry for so long that there could only one outcome, his demise at the end of the story by the freezing cold. All in all we can see London’s use of regionalism and naturalism did infact impacted the outcome of the stories he
First, suicide defeats the purpose of life. Some people say, we all live only to die, which in some context is right, we are all going to die one day, so why can we not just end the agony and do it now? You see that reasoning is wrong, I think the only time you have the right to die, is if you have fully lived your life, and the only way you can prove that is if you die with a smile on your face. Mark Twain said, "A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ", meaning you are only prepared to pull the trigger if you know you have lived your life to the fullest, and I would like to believe that for