Summary Of Jack London's Law Of Life And To Build A Fire?

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Today’s century is different from all other centuries in many ways, but the main being nature. Today people don’t worry about natures effects on us. We have science, technology, and shelter. Three things that save us from whatever nature decides to bring. Therefore nature is just something beautiful to look at through a camera and we don’t even consider nature being something that can decide our fate. But what if we didn’t have our technology, science, and shelter? Would nature be so kind? In Jack London’s stories “Law of Life” and “To Build a Fire”, London argues that nature as a force that doesn’t care about the laws that humanity has built. He writes nature so that it uses Charles Darwin’s natural selection and Herbert Spencer’s “survival…show more content…
Jack London spent a very large part of his young life in the arctic north, and returned to America a changed man. He was convinced that society and its modern conveniences had turned everyone unappreciative towards nature’s power and weak in general since they relied too much on science and technology. He felt that people needed to rediscover their natural animal instincts if they wished to remain strong and top of the food chain in the modern world. London read Darwin 's “On the Origin of Species” and Herbert Spencer’s Darwin- influenced “First Principles” many times and used this as a source to help him write his own stories. In an article about London’s life called, “Jack London and Evolution: From Spencer to Huxley” by Lawrence I. Berkove, he writes “A copy of Origin to Species was one of the few books London had with him in the Yukon.” Darwin had a major influence on London since Darwin is mentioned favorably in London’s letters many of times. The influence of evolution and Darwinism on London, and his personal life experiences, are what makes his stories so real. He understands the settings in “To Build a Fire” and “Law of Life” enough to be accurate when he uses imagery to describe it and to know what those settings mean for a human alone in them. Most of London’s stories take place in Yukon where he spent his time so this as well is what makes his stories so true. Another aspect of realism that London uses is the lack of romanticism in the characters fate. London doesn’t seem to care to please the reader and let his characters live. He doesn’t make Koskoosh in “Law of Life” fight off the wolves to try and survive, or make the man in “To Build a Fire” successfully build a fire, because in the real world, in these places, those things wouldn’t actually happen. London sticks to the truth of the fate of the characters in this setting which makes these stories have the

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