Use of Devices in London's To Build A Fire Jack London uses the devices of plot, setting, and characterization in this short story "To Build A Fire" to convey his message that humans need to be social. London sets an average, middle-aged logger in a deserted Yukon trail during a wintry season. The temperature is seventy-five degrees below zero and the logger and his husky are traveling towards Henderson Creek, about ten miles away, where the logger's companions are located. London places the man in this Yukon environment to symbolize that in this cold, cruel world, we need to learn how to benefit from each other. Prior to embarking on his journey, the logger is given advice from an old-timer at Sulfur Creek that "no man must travel alone in the Klondike after fifty below".
Jack London’s “To Build a Fire,” is a story about a man who travels only alongside a husky through the frigid conditions of the Yukon, and becomes a victim to Mother Nature. The man was warned before hand by an old man that he should not travel alone through the frigid Yukon. He ignored the old man’s advice and tried to prove to him that he would be able to cross the Yukon on his own. As the man traveled he was able to recognize the dangerous conditions around him and notice what it was doing to his extremities. Still he made no effort to slow down which resulted in his death.
The unidentified man in the short story has a lot perseverance and determination to reach his final destination, which are two qualities found in heroes. In the exposition of the story, it is known that he steps away from the main trail and wanders off in the Yukon to meet the other miners on a fork of Henderson creek. On his nine-hour walk in the brutal weather, he hopes to find logs in the springs from the islands. The man is a chechaquo, which means that he is a new-comer to the land and does not know what to expect because it is his first winter. During his trip, he is well aware that it is cold out, but he underestimates the weather and does not think much of it.
The story “To Build a Fire” by jack London is one of the most famous stories of survival in the wilderness. The story is about a man leaving a camp to walk to another camp at a temperature of 75 degrees below zero, with an Alaskan husky dog as a companion. The story takes place in the past and was written in 1908. The man in the story is purposely not given a reputation, as the deterministic environment is additional more necessary than his free will and individuality. His aim at the start of the story is to reach the camp to meet "the boys," presumptively to prospect for gold.
“Like his mother, ambitious to get rich quick, London joined the Klondike gold rush and spent the winter of 1897 in the Yukon, where he found little gold but a rich vein of narrative material that he would mine lucratively in his meteoric rise to literary fame” (Beauchamp). This relates... ... middle of paper ... ... of alcoholism. London uses all of his background while composing the setting and characters in The Call of the Wild. Works Cited "A Tale of Devolution." The Call of the Wild: A Naturalistic Romance.
Jack London 's "To Build a Fire" is a tragic story of a man who embarks on a journey through the frigid cold on the Yukon Trail during a brutal winter and is faced with battling the power of nature. We are shown a man who begins his journey, accompanied by a wolf-dog that follows, with all the confidence in the world, only to quickly end, not just his travels, but also his life. London uses many elements of naturalistic literature to tell his story. The theme of man versus nature, as well as survival, is our first evidence of this. He also concentrates on narrative as opposed to character to make his point that we are nothing in the eyes of nature.
"To Build a Fire" is a story by Jack London, about the struggles of a man to survive in a desperate situation in the wilderness. "The Lottery," by Shirley Jackson, is a tale of mindless adherence to tradition, conformity, and violence in a rural town. On the surface it seems like these are two entirely different stories. For all of their differences, though, the stories both address the same issue. "To Build a Fire" begins with an unnamed protagonist walking along a path in the Yukon in dangerously cold conditions.
Jack London was a prominent Bay Area author and he, himself, had a heuristic experience with the Alaskan wilderness, much like the main character in his short story “To Build a Fire”. The aforesaid main character, simply referred to as “the man” endured the harshness of Nature in the Yukon, firsthand, and is accurately told due to London’s past experience with similar settings. The man and his companion, the dog, were unnamed and this, therein, implies that they are symbols representing the aggregation of humanity and instinctual, animalistic thought. Through his short story, London conveys that both natural though, in the form of compulsion and natural tendency, coupled with logic that lacks arrogance compose the quintessential survival-based, and day-to-day, mindset. The dog had instinct and the ability to recognize things outside of the man’s realm of though; however, its lack of intuition and ability to act adds flaw to its judgement.
The story “To Build A Fire” written by Jack London has two nearly identical versions published in 1902 and 1908 respectively. The latter is better-known and more thought-provoking because of the antagonist’s death. To begin with, the adventure took place on an extremely cold day in Klondike, consisted of a man and his dog. The man was not afraid of cold and felt confident about travelling alone at fifty degrees below zero. However, he broke through a thin skin of ice unexpectedly and wet himself halfway to the knees.
The Effects of Natural Settings and Character Development in “To Build a Fire” by Jack London In the short story, “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, a very descriptive third-person narrator describes the long and treacherous journey of an over-confident and non-instinctive man across the Yukon. The reader learns that the incautious man’s journey ends in death after he admits his mistake in not following the old-timer’s advice; finally considering the “old-timer” as wise (553). This plot, though progressively straightforward, leads the reader into a gripping experience of survival. The story’s setting and the main character’s reactions contribute greatly to this ever-increasing atmosphere of survival, as London’s detailed descriptions of the environment and the main character’s destruction cause the reader to dread and fear the grave