Themes In Jack London's To Build A Fire

In Jack London’s “To Build a Fire”, an unknown man is traveling alone in the extremely dangerous weather of seventy-five degrees below zero along Yukon Trail. Despite being warned about the dangers; he was bent on reaching his destination at the boy’s camp on Henderson Creek. Nevertheless, he tried many things to help keep his body warm but everything he tried failed. Close to death, he finally realized that it was impossible to survive this journey without a partner. The theme illustrates that sometimes it’s best to listen to others advice because everyone isn’t able to defeat nature.
The man’s character is significant to the theme of the story because it illustrates the role he plays and the conflict of the story. However, London doesn’t
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The cold caused trouble that would hinder the man from building a fire to keep his body from freezing. The man was not used to the weather that he was traveling in. According to the story, it states “It was not because he was long used to it. He was a new-comer in the land, a chechaquo, and this was his first winter.” There was freezing cold water under those layers of ice he was walking on and if he gets wet, he would certainly freeze to death. Unfortunately for the man, he slipped into the icy water which instantly caused his legs and feet to turn into ice. Getting a fire started is his only option to save him. He made two attempts to build a fire, but the weather condition and the snow made it impossible. The cold caused excruciating ache and throbbing pain in his fingers, hands, and feet and he is unable to start another fire because of his hands becoming numb and with the inability to move them. Russell Hillier in Crystal Beards and Dantean Influence in Jack London 's "to Build a Fire (II) states “In his last ditch effort to destroy man 's best friend and use its very lifeblood and vital warmth in order to save his own skin”. There was no way for the man to use the dog to warm his body, “With his helpless hands, he could neither draw nor hold his sheath-knife nor throttle the animal” (London). The man’s inability to kill the Dog shows that nature began to defeat him. He was unable to build a

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