With the subzero freezing cold temperatures that came with the storm. “Fifty degrees below zero stood for a bite of frost that hurt and that must be guarded against by the use of mittens, ear flaps, warm moccasins, and thick socks.”(561) He is book smart, lacking street smart, and nature humbled him during his travel to reach his friends. He was doomed from the beginning, by him being inexperienced in the sub-zero temperatures of the region. He was although able to surpass some of the things that nature threw at him because of his observation of things due to his determination. But, he ignored the old man and his words that came back to haunt him in the end.
Even though this character is given no name, a reader can almost feel every hardship he goes through in the whole story. In the beginning of “To Build a Fire”, the man is on his way back to a cabin. While he walks, he mentions how he knew how cold it was, but it didn’t mean anything to him apart from just a temperature—nothing more. He does not think how this may affect his body in the long run, and is somewhat ignorant of the consequences of such foolishness. An example from the story, the man spits in the air to see if his assumption is true.
To build a fire is a short story written by Jack London. It is a story about an individual’s choice. The main character’s self-centeredness overcomes him, as he tries to survive the wintery weather in his travel in the Yukon Trail. He made a choice of ignoring the weather warnings, which evidenced danger in his journey. There were warnings like the absence of fellow travelers due to the cold season, but his egoism made him still embark on the journey alone, despite the warnings.
These examples show that the cold will be the man's doom, but foreshadow only by telling the necessary details. A major point of foreshadowing was what the oldtimer told the man. The oldtimer told the man that "no man must travel alone in the Klondike after fifty below." If the man would have listened, he could have survived. Because he didn't listen; he lost his life.
Instead of hinting constantly what the end result may be, the reader is able to infer the hiker’s fate through the reveal of the hiker’s character as it is revealed more and more throughout the story. London also shows foreshadowing by thorough descriptions of the hiker’s declining bodily health such as when the hiker took accidentally falls under broken snow and gets himself wet from the knees down (129) or when he burns his hand to a crisp and doesn’t feel it (132). Both London and Conner deliver tones that are effective in how they confer to the reader, both the characters views on their situations and
The man may have been psychologically apt in his own eye but weak against nature and the physical elements. The protagonist displayed defiance in authority when he "laughed" (152) at the advice of the Old-Timer on Sulphur Creek when he told him how cold it gets in the country. The protagonist felt he had everything under control when he made the first fire to keep warm in spite of the numbness of his fingers. The test of egos and wills began to surface when the man was ready to move on and the dog wanted to stay near the fire. However, just as "there was no keen intimacy between the dog and the man"(152) the dog would be the protagonist constant companion until the man's death.
May sarcastically states that the only visible similarity in terms of theme would be the issue of protagonist's death(22). I think that "To Build a Fire" story relates to many issues hidden behind a superficial plot. The story takes place in a very severe winter; the man under appreciates the dangers of nature forces and struggles to return to camp. He is warned about possible dangers, but he is also too pride and too self-confident to take the advice into consideration. The protagonist is accompanied by a dog.
London wrote that the cold "did not lead him to meditate upon his frailty as a creature of temperature, and upon man's frailty in general, able only to live within certain narrow limits of heat and cold. "(p.1745) At first when the man started his journey to the camp, he felt certain that he could make it back to camp before dinner. As the trip progressed, the man made mistake after mistake that sealed his fate. The man's first mistake was to step into a pool of water and soak his legs to the knees. This blunder forced the man to build a fire to dry his wet socks and shoes so his feet would not freeze and become frostbitten.
The man is too ashamed that he is contemplating suicide to look God in the face, but still, he does not change his attitude, hence his unwillingness to explain. The theme of isolation becomes apparent through the loneliness of the city. The phrases "saddest... ... middle of paper ... ...be the symbolic wish that he has miles to go in life before he can rest in the snowy woods. In these two poems, Frost does a wonderful job of making it seem, at first glance, like wonderfully simple poems, but after taking a deeper look, one can see the deeper and darker meanings of the poems. Although these poems both deal with the gloomy, unhappy theme of suicide, Frost always leaves the character with hope and life.
He would most likely embrace it to see his dream come true. His naïve mistakes at first seemed to be harmless but they only got worse. Those mistakes led to his death. When a person focuses on a single objective, it leaves room for mistakes along the way. Chris’s adventure into the wild was rough and he had made lots of mistakes in order to be free from his normal life that had fragments in it he felt unnecessary so he left for Alaska.