Yukon Essays

  • Chechaquo's Journey To The Yukon

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    traveling through the harsh, cold trails of the Yukon Territory towards a mining camp accompanied by his native husky dog. In the land of extreme cold, the man experiences the consequences of his daring journey in the Yukon. He is staunch and independent traveler in the cold, but with unimaginable circumstances he discovers himself in a lot of trouble. He is a chechaquo, or "newcomer" to the Yukon. Being a large and strong man, not appreciative of the Yukon, he ignores the obvious significance of the

  • The Yukon Gold Rush

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    The rush for gold did not occur until the fall of 1897 when it became sudden and overwhelming. At the beginning of 1896, only several thousand non-Indian miners, traders and missionaries resided in the Yukon. Two years later, the territory was overrun with tens of thousands of newcomers who quickly wrought serious and far ranging changes to the land. The federal government, concerned primarily with maximizing resources extraction, did little to ensure environmental protection. Sadly, and for the

  • Personal Narrative: A Day In The Yukon Trail

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    The day was cold and gray, no sun. In a place called, Yukon Trail, Alaska, it was fifty degrees below zero. The begging start with a man that decides to take a walk, the time passed and he meets a dog. He thought he would make it back on time because he is meeting with his friends. That was the begging of the story, but neither of them knew what would actually happen. A man decided to climb. The time was nine o’clock, not a hint of sunlight, not a single cloud. In his way, he meets an old sir that

  • To Build A Fire Vs Call Of The Wild

    592 Words  | 3 Pages

    place in the Yukon Territory, for example. The purpose of the story was different. To Build a Fire and Call of the Wild have many similarities and differences so we can tell how Jack London interpreted the books. Both Call of the Wild and To Build a Fire took place in the Yukon Territory. Quoted in the book, To Build a Fire, “Day had broken cold and grey, when the man turned aside from the main Yukon Trail and climbed the Earth-bank. In the quote, it explains that there is a man on the Yukon Trail and

  • Summary Of Jack London's Journey

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    Jack London tell the short story of a man traveling the Yukon trail. As this man starts the trail, he is easily on his way passing every challenge thrown at him. It is 75 degrees below zero. The man seems to be forgetting about the dangers of travelling alone on the Yukon at night in the harsh winter. All of this does not seem to matter as he is overly excited to go see his boys at a camp down the creek. Unfortunately, due to his lack of sense, the man continues down the trail as he is starting to

  • Theme Of Pride In Jack London's To Build A Fire

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    In the short story “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, the protagonist is challenged with the impossible task of navigating through the Yukon in weather that he had never experienced before. The man believed he could travel through temperatures of 107 degrees below freezing. However, his pride proves to be his weakness as Widdicombe explains, “In the context of “To Build a Fire,” then, “imagination” is the ability to recognize one's limitations. As it happens, the man does not possess this ability

  • Impact Of The Setting In Jack London's To Build A Fire

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    colder than ice with no sun present at anytime through the journey through the Yukon Territory. In this short story, “To Build a Fire,” by Jack London the setting makes it have many major impacts in the story because of the impacts on the character, the plot and also on the theme as well. In this short story just to tell you a little about it the man who is the man character believes that he can travel through the Yukon Territory by his self after being told that no man can travel through alone.

  • Jack London's To Build A Fire

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    story that follows a man’s journey in the cold Yukon with his dog. Author Jack London keeps readers on their toes and builds suspense with his powerful use of setting, theme, and imagery. London uses these elements to depict the man’s struggle to survive and overcome the obstacles he faces. First of all, the setting is arguably one of the most important aspects of “To Build a Fire” because it is one of the central focuses in the story. Set in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush, the story allows

  • To Build A Fire

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    harmful yet peaceful. Ironically “pure white, rolling in gentle undulations” (London) in light of the title’s preemptive mention of fire and heat. London’s naturalism in the story of man vs. nature depicts an existential crisis where the solitude of a Yukon trail becomes its own universe. “To Build a Fire”

  • Elements Of Naturalism In Jack London's To Build A Fire

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    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. This brought a lot of young men into the harsh wilderness

  • Arrogance In To Build A Fire

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    who believes he can conquer the harsh, sub-zero temperatures of the Yukon. He disregards the advice of an old-timer at Sulfur Creek, who warns him not to travel alone in such cold conditions. The man's ignorance and hubris are evident in his decision to ignore the advice and forge ahead. This sets the stage for his conflicts throughout the story. Man vs. Nature: The man is constantly battling the brutal natural elements of the Yukon, including the extreme cold and the unpredictable terrain. He struggles

  • Arrogance In To Build A Fire

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    imagination who loses his battle against mother nature and her tenacious climates. This short story portrays the thought of man vs. nature and how undeliberate the outcomes may be. The man in the story faced a great challenge and trudged through a Yukon trail in subzero temperatures; what he didn’t expect was to be frostbitten and have death breathing down his neck the entire way. The man overlooked the power of mother nature and came to realize he was painfully mistaken for going into the unknown

  • To Build A Fire Analysis

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    To Build a Fire During the story “To Build a Fire” the theme that is developed is that sometimes you have to trust animals instincts because they might know more about the fire than you do. The setting of the story is on the Yukon Trail and it is seventy five degrees below zero while the man and the dog are on the trail. The reason they are on the trail is because the man is trying to find the camp to get food, water, and shelter. There are two ways the theme is developed. One way

  • Compare And Contrast The Old Man And The Sea And To Build A Fire

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    Fire” by Jack London, it describes how a chechaquo (newcomer) to the Yukon faces the freezing temperature that will take his life away. The man lacks imagination and is not aware of the dangers ahead of him. The main characteristics of the man would be arrogant and confident. He did not listen to other’s advice and ignored the dangers that could be fatal. The old man at Sulfur Creek once told him that nobody should travel in the Yukon alone when it’s fifty degrees below zero, but the man insisted on

  • Jack London's To Build A Fire

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    story. The story takes place in the Yukon wilderness where an unnamed man and his husky dog are travelling. The dangerously cold temperature of the Yukon Trial gives the reader a vivid description of the challenges the man will soon face. The setting is an important element because it portrays a dark and gloomy mood which assists the reader to anticipate the outcome and gain insight on what is to come.

  • Should Call Of The Wild Be Banned Essay

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    Should “Call of the Wild” be Banned? Did you know that Jack London’s “Call of the Wild” won the newbery medal in 1931? Even though this is true some still say that wonderful books like this should be banned from schools so that today’s youth cannot read them. However I disagree and say that we should let today’s youth read these books and that they should in fact not be banned from schools across the country. I believe this for several reasons; kids need to learn to be more mature, this book

  • To Build A Fire By Jack London Analysis

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    imagination would be vital in the numbing Yukon, however in Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”, the narrator proves just how much even a puny amount of imagination will help a man in the extreme cold; through ignoring old advice, lack of common sense, and inexperience with nature’s instinct, one man will face death’s door in the cool dark depths of the Yukon. Before the man departed for his journey, he had visited a wise old man (who had taken the journey across the Yukon before) for advice about the trip

  • Jack London To Build A Fire Analysis

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    The cold, hard ground of the Yukon have little effect on the mindset of one man hell bent on conquering it. Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” takes place in the freezing atmosphere of the Yukon where the unnamed protagonist attempts to reach a camp near a place called Henderson Creek. He fears nothing in the face of this extreme climate, unlike his canine companion, who is weary of travelling in such a cold place. Unwilling to heed its fears, or even the advice of a wise old man whom he met at Sulfur

  • Summary Of To Build A Fire

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    The tone of “To Build a Fire” is of a very dangerous situation. A man and dog travels in the Yukon in the snow with temperatures below fifty degrees. He is planning to meet six of his friends at a claim to search for gold. Not only did he not dress properly, he didn’t seem concerned that the weather could kill him. Older miners had warned him previously not to go out in the winter if the temperature was this low. He foolishly had only one thing on his mind and that was to get to his friends

  • Man And Nature In Jack London's To Build A Fire

    1424 Words  | 6 Pages

    Jack London tell the short story of a man traveling the Yukon trail. As this man starts the trail, he is easily on his way passing every challenge thrown at him. It is 75 degrees below zero. The man seems to be forgetting about the dangers of travelling alone on the Yukon at night in the harsh winter. All of this does not seem to matter as he is overly excited to go see his boys at a camp down the creek. Unfortunately, due to his lack of sense, the man continues down the trail as he is starting to