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Jack London: To Build A Fire

- Introduction Jack London had already established himself as a popular writer when his story "To Build a Fire" appeared in the Century Magazine in 1908. This tale of an unnamed man's disastrous trek across the Yukon Territory near Alaska was well received at the time by readers and literary critics alike. While other works by London have since been faulted as overly sensational or hastily written, "To Build a Fire" is still regarded by many as an American classic. London based the story on his own travels across the harsh, frozen terrain of Alaska and Canada in 1897-98 during the Klondike gold rush; he is also said to have relied on information from a book by Jeremiah Lynch entitled Three Ye...   [tags: Jack London]

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My Personal Response to The Call of the Wild by Jack London

- My Personal Response to The Call of the Wild by Jack London The novel The Call of the Wild tells a story about how Buck, a domesdicated dog in the "sun-kissed" Santa Clara, managed to survive in the wilds of Klondike. Jack London conveyed many of his own ideas about living in this novel by telling readers what Buck went through to adjust to the harsh realities of life in the frosty North, where survival was the only imprerative. Throughout Buck's adjustment there were several turning-points which forced him to understand better of the rules of the wild world....   [tags: Jack London Call Wild]

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Jack London's Sea Wolf, The Call of the Wild, and White Fang

- Jack London's Sea Wolf, The Call of the Wild, and White Fang      Jack London lived a full life, even though he died at the young age of forty. In his life time he experienced many things, and I believe that these experiences were the catalyst of his novels. Jack London was an oyster pirate, a government patrolman in San Francisco Bay, a sailor and an agrarian reformer, a seal hunter in the North Pacific and a gold prospector in the frozen Klondike, a war correspondent and a prizefighting reporter, a socialist soapbox orator who later became a lecturer at universities, a family man and landowner, and of course a true American writer....   [tags: Jack London Wolf Wild Fang Essays]

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Jack London

- "I wrote a thousand words every day" Jack London is the name you can hear everywhere, his writing appealed to millions of people all around the world. London was an American novelist and short-story writer, who wrote passionately about questions of life and death, surviving. The writer had a lot of adventures, experienced the life at sea, or in Alaska, or in the fields and factories of California, all of these influenced his writing style. Jack London descended from the family of his mother Flora and astrologer and journalist William Chaney....   [tags: Biography]

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Jack London

- Jack London A Study of Jack London’s Belief in Darwinism Jack London has a strong belief in Darwinism, survival of the fittest, during the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s, when he wrote. Throughout his writings, many characters display London’s belief in Darwinism. In the novel, The Call of the Wild, Jack London’s belief in social darwinism is portrayed by animals interacting with humans, each other, and the environment. This can be shown through Buck, a house dog turned sled dog, interacting with his masters, other dogs, and the Yukon wilderness....   [tags: essays papers]

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Jack London

- Jack London The story of Jack London's life really is one of rags to riches. He was born in San Francisco on January 12, 1876 as John Griffith Chaney. I'd like to take you through the story of his life and examine a few of his significant literary works along the way. The Dictionary of Literary Biography Volume 78 says that "the biographical consensus is that his father was William Henry Chaney, a "Professor of Astrology" with whom his mother, Flora Wellman, was living as a fellow spiritualist and common-law wife in 1875." (DOLB 78)....   [tags: Biography]

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Jack London

- Jack London fought his way up out of the factories and waterfront dives of West Oakland to become the highest paid, most popular novelist and short story writer of his day. He wrote passionately and prolifically about the great questions of life and death, the struggle to survive with dignity and integrity, and he wove these elemental ideas into stories of high adventure based on his own firsthand experiences at sea, or in Alaska, or in the fields and factories of California. As a result, his writing appealed not to the few, but to millions of people all around the world....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Critique of Jack London's To Build a Fire

- A Critique of Jack London's To Build a Fire Karen Rhodes analyzed to build a fire in a cultural context. He believed "London's works were written so that he could survive in a world he increasingly came to see as "red in tooth and claw""(1). It is obviously the story of a man fighting the stresses of Nature. According to Rhodes, to build a fire was drawn from the year London spent in Canada's Yukon Territory. London depicted arctic and very cold conditions throughout the story. Rhodes believed to build a fire represented London's Naturalistic Flavor....   [tags: London To Build a Fire Essays]

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An Analysis of Jack London's To Build a Fire

- An Analysis of Jack London's To Build a Fire In her cultural criticism of Jack London's "To Build a Fire", Jill Widdicombe explores the question of whether the story's protagonist might have perished from the extreme cold of the Klondike winter even if with a traveling companion. She describes the brutality of the winter weather and, alluding to the man's confidence in his ability to survive the weather, describes it as "behavior most of us can understand" - especially if we are accustomed to warmer surroundings....   [tags: London To Build a Fire Essays]

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An Analysis of Jack London's To Build A Fire

- An Analysis of Jack London's To Build A Fire Charles E. May, Author of the article "To Build A Fire': Physical Fiction and Metaphysical Critics" was giving his psychological criticism on the Jack London short story. May was elaborating on the naturalistic behavior of man versus nature when it comes to survival. May's article suggests that the protagonist in the story did not only have a psychological discovery but a "simple physical discovery that self is body only"(23). In the story, "To Build A Fire", the protagonist has to accept that he was not invincible, but a human with a weakness....   [tags: London To Build a Fire Essays]

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An Analysis of Jack London's To Build a Fire

- An Analysis of Jack London's To Build a Fire In his article "To Build a Fire" a Physical Fiction and Metaphysical Critics Charles E. May comments and disagrees with a statement that "To Build a Fire" is "a masterpiece of a short fiction"(20). Literary critics claimed that London used many metaphors in this work such as "sun-fire-life" or "cold-darkness-depression-death"(20), but May argues that this story should be read and interpreted literally and does not contain deep, dual or metaphorical meaning....   [tags: London To Build a Fire Essays]

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Criticism of Jack London's To Build a Fire

- Criticism of Jack London's To Build a Fire In her critique of "To Build a Fire" Jill Widdecombe assesses the personality and motivation of the unnamed man in the story. Widdecombe suggests a story of mystery, intrigue, and rationalization. I see it as a story about inner conflict and submit the mans inner conflict parallels Widdecombe's analogy of imagination versus rationalization. The conflict in the story is two-fold; the man struggles between his will and reasoning and second with the man's desires and abilities....   [tags: London To Build a Fire Essays]

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The Life of Jack London

- The Life of Jack London John Griffith London, who is considered by many to be America’s finest author, was born January 12, 1876 in San Francisco, California to an unmarried mother of a wealthy background, Flora Wellman. His father is thought to have been William Chaney, a Journalist, lawyer and major figure in the development of American Astrology. Because Flora was ill, an ex-slave, Virginia Prentiss, who would remain a major maternal influence during the boy’s childhood, raised Jack through infancy....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Critical Response: Jack London

- Critical Response: Jack London Jack London, a well known American author, has written a fair share of truly classic works.  The Call of the Wild and White Fang are staples of middle and high school reading requirements.  His other novels, such as The People of the Abyss and Sea Wolf are not as well known, but are still regarded as brilliant pieces of literature by many scholars.  Lesser known are his many volumes of short stories; "To Build a Fire" being the most popular.  I cannot say that I have read even a small percentage of London's works, but from what I have read, I noticed some recurring similarities.              During the semester in class, we have learn...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Jack London's The Call of the Wild

- Call of the Wild Where did man come from?   Scientists thought they had answered this simple yet complex question through Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.   According to him, living organisms evolved due to constant changing.   Organisms which gained an edge would reign, while those without would die.   Jack London's books during the late 1800's animated this theory through the use of wild animals in a struggle for survival.   In fact, many prove that to survive a species "must" have an edge.   In London's book the Call of the Wild, the harsh depiction of the Klondike wilderness proves that to survive life must adapt....   [tags: Call of the Wild Essays]

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Jack London Stories, The Red O

- The Red One Jack London was one of America’s greatest authors. His works were of tales from the unexplored savage lands of the Klondike to the cannibal infested Philippine Island chain of the vast Pacific, and even the far reaches of space and time. Jack London himself was a pioneer of the unexplored savage frontier. London wrote about this unknown frontier with a cunning sense of adventure and enthrallment. “He keeps the reader on tenterenters books by withholding facts in a way that makes him participate in the action'; (Charles Child Walcutt 16)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Wilderness in Call of the Wild by Jack London

- ... He believes that he can push people around and get away with it. Curly died early on in the book. She symbolizes naivety. She represents naivety because of her over-kindness. When Curly died, she tried to be friends with a husky. The husky then “ripped [Curly’s face] from eye to jaw” (19). Curly brought her fate onto herself. The next character is John Thornton. John Thornton represents the small bits of happiness and love in The Call of The Wild. Buck and John have a perfect relationship together....   [tags: Klondike gold rush, journey, instincts]

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Buck of Jack London's The Call of the Wild

- Buck of The Call of the Wild The main character of the novel, The Call of the Wild, is a St. Bernard and Scotch Shepherd mix, named Buck. As I read the book, I found out that Buck can be very loyal and trustworthy to his master, if his master is loyal to him. Also, at times I found that Buck could turn into an enraged beast very easily.       At home, which was a large house called Judge Miller’s Place, in the sun kissed Santa Clara Valley in California, Buck ruled over all of the dogs that were there....   [tags: Call of the Wild Essays]

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Themes of The Sea Wolf

- Forgotten The Sea Wolf is a novel written by Jack London. It is a story of how man has to overcome man, and in the face of brutality one must stand strong and not be afraid of the outcome. The Sea Wolf shows us how it is possible to overcome adversity even when it seems impossible. Jack London shows us how not even man can control a free will. For every man has a purpose on this earth, God put us all in the world to make a difference and not be afraid to stand up for beliefs. Jack London’s belief in God is not entirely evident in the novel, The Sea Wolf as London seems to have ideas but no exact truth....   [tags: Jack London]

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White Fang by Jack London

- Part One of the novel shows two men, Henry and Bill, struggling to bring the corpse of Lord Alfred back to civilization. It is a time of famine, and they are low on food; also, they have little ammunition. Thus, they are in a desperate situation because they are being pursued by a pack of famished wolves. As the novel begins, they have six sled dogs, but one night, they notice that there are seven dogs to be fed. Strangely, the next morning, there are only five dogs to be fed. As a result, they become suspicious, and finally they notice a she-wolf who comes to the camp at night and lures the dogs away....   [tags: Animal stories]

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The Call Of The Wild by Jack London

- Type of Work: Adventure novel Setting Northland (Alaska); the goldrush of the 1890s Principal Characters Buck, a large, intelligent and well-bred dog Spitz, a cruel lead sled dog John Thornton, Buck's Northiand master Buck, a huge four-year-old Scottish Shepherd-Saint Bernard cross-breed, lived a life of ease at Judge Miller's Santa Clara Valley estate. As the judge's loyal companion, working with his sons, and guarding his grandchildren, Buck ruled over all things - humans included. Combining his mother's intelligence with the size and strength of his father, Buck became the undisputed leader of all the dogs on the estate....   [tags: Book Review Report]

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Nature in Jack London´s To Build a Fire

- People always tell you to listen to your gut. However, all goes wrong for the poor character in Jack London’s (1876-1916) To Build a Fire when he wants to trust his gut. In the story, a mountain man explains to him how dangerous it is to venture out alone in incredibly freezing circumstances. Being the confident man that he is, he did not listen to the advice. It soon turns into a story of a man’s lonely road to try to survive. He finds a silent companion that cannot seem to help him. He then falls into a soft spot and gets wet to the knees....   [tags: gut, trust, advice, survive, fire, cold]

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Into the Wild, by John Karkauer and Jack London's To Build a Fire

- John Karkauer novel, Into the Wild displays a true life story about a young man by the name of Christopher McCandless, who creates a new life for himself by leaving civilization to live in the wilderness. The story displays how Christopher develops and matures throughout the story by prevailing harsh predicaments and learning valuable lessons on the way. Christopher’s character evolves by comprehending several new lessons and such as finding true pleasure, disregarding other people’s judgments, as well as realizing that material things are just material things and nothing else....   [tags: Into the Wild Essays]

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To Build a Fire by Jack London and Into The Wild, by Jon Krakauer

- Imagine you were someone who could do whatever thing for his own personal gain. How could the feeling of taking over a certain part of the world be like. Wouldn’t it be nice to realize that you have the supremacy to do everything. All of this is generally considered a fantasy of mankind. There is no man or women that can do all. There was one fellow, who had this feeling, of conquering a certain space from which not many people attempt to do. This man, Chris McCandless, had been filled with hubris in his mind to conquer the outside part of society, the wild....   [tags: Into the Wild Essays]

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Use of Devices in London's To Build A Fire

- 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....   [tags: London To Build a Fire Essays]

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- The idea of peaceful rebellion through nature is the basis for many books. Kipling was one of the first one to do it through many of his novels, but Jack London got a lot deeper into that concept. He was born in 1876 in San Francisco, an illegitimate child born to a single woman, but his mother did marry a man named John London, and named her son John London. This family moved a lot, but ended up in San Francisco again where John London, now known as Jack London worked in the bay patrol. Jack was one of the first ones to go to Alaska in the time of gold rush, he did not get rich with gold, but he recorded the Alaskan life and put it in his books....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Jack The Ripper

- Jack the Ripper Jack the Ripper killed five women between the 31st of August 1888 and the 9th of November 1888. They were murdered in Whitechapel and Spitalfields in the East End areas of London, England. The killer was never caught and because of this there are hundreds on his personality and motives. No other killer in the British history rivaled that of the gruesome, mocking, utterly superior Jack the Ripper, a multiple murderer whose arrogance and boldness deified the entire police department of London and held in terror a great city for as long as he cared to roam its streets and slay at will....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Dickens, Thurber, Andersen, London and Perseus

- Dickens, Thurber, Andersen, London and Perseus As far back as I can remember, my mind has always thought and learned by association. My brain fancifully connects things like computer terminals and bus terminals, Indian reservations with plane ticket confirmations, and carpetbaggers with rug stealers. Don’t ask me why, but I think I get bored with ordinary human communications and then lapse into my imaginary fantasy’ association world, finding it much more fascinating than the nightly news, soap operas and talking head yakety-yak cable tabloid shows....   [tags: science]

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Jack the Ripper

- Jack the Ripper 1) From the article we can see that the victims were both prostitutes, very poor ones at that, which made the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls alike. Allegedly by the same degenerate. It would be suggested that Polly Nicholls and Martha Tabram did nothing to provoke such an attack but were murdered spontaneously due to the fact that they had nothing a murderer could possibly want. This source could potentially be a feeble source though as it is merely a newspaper article from the ‘East End Observer’, newspapers tend to focus on whatever would get the most readers rather than telling the facts....   [tags: Papers]

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Jack the Ripper

- Jack the Ripper Source A is an extract from the 'East End Observer'. It is an extract from an article in the newspaper describing the murders of Martha Tabram and Polly Nicholls. I use describe in the loosest possible sense, as to describe is not the motivation for which it was written. Any newspaper is intended not only to inform, but for entertainment purposes. Journalists will always try to glamorize and strongly exaggerate and event of intrigue and suspense, in order to instill panic in the reader....   [tags: Papers]

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Reasons Behind the Inability of Police to Catch Jack the Ripper

- Reasons Behind the Inability of Police to Catch Jack the Ripper There are many factors and possible reasons to why the police were unable to catch Jack the Ripper. The Ripper is thought to have been very clever in the way that he manipulated the fact that there were two police forces around in this time, both in direct competition with each other. Jack the Ripper was thought to be a resident in London, the general public and the press wasted time with false leads, hoax letters and red herrings....   [tags: Papers]

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Why Police Were Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper

- Why Police Were Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper Jack the ripper was a brutal, motiveless and the first serial murderer who roamed the streets of East London at night preying on prostitutes who to this day is unknown. In this essay I am going to try and explain the factors that prevented the police from catching him. There were general problems with policing, problems with crimes and how they were controlled and there was a vast amount of pressure on the police from different sources such as the general public, the press, the government and from their own false leads....   [tags: Papers]

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Foreshadowing in To Build a Fire

- Foreshadowing in To Build a Fire In the story "To Build a Fire" by Jack London, foreshadowing is often used. In this story foreshadowing is an effective way to build up a climax. The foreshadowing is both shown by the environment and things the characters say. An example of environmental foreshadowing was when it said, "Fifty degrees below zero stood for a bite of frost that hurt and that must be guarded against.... "Another example was when the man's "fire was blotted out." These examples show that the cold will be the man's doom, but foreshadow only by telling the necessary details....   [tags: London To Build a Fire Essays]

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- A lack of Respect “To Build a Fire” by Jack London is a short story about a man traveling along the Yukon River in the bitter winter weather. While warned against traveling alone in the frigid cold, he ventures out to meet his companions at a remote camp many miles away, with only his dog. Overcome by nature’s power, he eventually perishes along the way, leaving his four-legged partner to complete the journey alone. The story displays how the forces of nature can surprisingly overwhelm even the most confident of men....   [tags: London To Build a Fire Essays]

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The Failure of Police to Catch Jack the Ripper

- The Failure of Police to Catch Jack the Ripper The Whitechapel murderer, known to many as Jack the Ripper was never caught and imprisoned for his awful crimes. Police still do not know who he is. There are several explanations as to why he was never caught and in this essay I will discuss them. The police were unable to catch Jack the Ripper as they felt that no-one actually knew what he looked like. Most statements from witnesses claimed that, the 'Ripper' suspect must have been a white male, average or below average height, between 20-40 years old, did not dress as a labourer or homeless person and was right handed....   [tags: Papers]

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The Unability of Police to Capture Jack The Ripper in 1888

- The Unability of Police to Capture Jack The Ripper in 1888 Life in Whitechapel during the 'reign' of Jack The Ripper' in 1888 was of a very low standard, you had people selling themselves just to try and provide for their family or even themselves, the vast majority of London's east end were alcoholics, therefore the streets of Whitechapel were very dangerous and were welcoming crimes. Murders were common however serial killers were not, robbery, money problems, fights, being drunk and disorderly was also very common, especially for the streets of Whitechapel where this happened on a daily basis....   [tags: Papers]

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How the Police Tried to Catch Jack the Ripper

- How the Police Tried to Catch Jack the Ripper In the 1880s, the police were very different from the police of today. Their main propose was crime prevention and their methods their methods were very primitive Source F is a police leaflet, which was published after the murders of Elizabeth Stride and Kate Eddowes; it was written to aid the police in their investigation it was also written in a factual tone, it suggests that the police were appealing for any information regarding suspicious characters....   [tags: Papers]

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Investigating Why the Police Were Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper

- Investigating Why the Police Were Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper I believe the most important reason why Jack the Ripper was so hard to catch was because of the lack of evidence. In those days they did not have as advanced technology as we have today for instance, we have forensics where we can tell from a strand of hair who that hair belongs to. In those days they were only just learning the significance of footprints to catching a villain. Another part to this is that Jack the Ripper was so random towards who he killed the police could not find a link between the murders except that they were all prostitutes, which did not really help, although prostitute murde...   [tags: Papers]

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‘Who am I when I am transported?’ Postcolonialism and Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs

- ‘Who am I when I am transported?’ Postcolonialism and Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs In Decolonising Fictions, theorists Diana Brydon and Helen Tiffin claim that postcolonial writers create texts that ‘write back’ against imperial fictions and question the values once taken for granted by the once dominant Anglocentric discourse of the imperial epicentre. In Jack Maggs the process of ‘writing back’ is well illustrated. As in Jean Rhy’s Wide Sargasso Sea , the colonial ‘other’ character from a canonised Victorian novel becomes the principal figure in a modern 'decolonising' text, and the peripheral reaches of empire become of central importance....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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William Blake, the Jonah of London

- William Blake, the Jonah of London missing works cited Through the streets and alleyways of Nineveh the prophet Jonah trudged. At every marketplace and city gate he joyously roared his tidings of evil, “forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned!” Two and a half millennia after the great fish vomited Jonah back onto dry land, William Blake faithfully follows that path of bilge and seaweed, bile and gall, into the fraternity of prophets and oracles. Just as Jonah was reluctant to prophesy to the Ninevites for fear that his enemies would hear and repent, Blake has a vested interest in perpetuating the blindness of his readers....   [tags: Blake Jonah London]

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The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

- The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Ask someone who was one of the first people to break the color barrier in sports and you're almost guaranteed that the answer is Jackie Robinson. Yet almost 40 years earlier there was a black boxer by the name of Jack Johnson, also known as John Arthur Johnson....   [tags: Jack Johnson Sports African American]

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Fight Club by Jack Palahniuk

- Fight Club by Jack Palahniuk “You are not your job. You are not how much you have in the bank. You are not the contents of your wallet. You are not your khakis. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. What happens first is you can’t sleep. What happens then is there’s a gun in your mouth. And what happens next is you meet Tyler Durden. Let me tell you about Tyler. He had a plan. In Tyler we trusted. Tyler says the things you own, end up owning you. It’s only after you’ve lost everything that you’re free to do anything....   [tags: Movie Film Fight Club Jack Palahniuk Essays]

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Analysis of The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner

- Analysis of The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner Jack Turner's The Abstract Wild is a complex argument that discusses many issues and ultimately defends the wild in all of its forms. He opens the novel with a narrative story about a time when he explored the Maze in Utah and stumbled across ancient pictographs. Turner tells this story to describe what a truly wild and unmediated experience is. The ideas of the aura, magic, and wildness that places contain is introduced in this story. Turner had a spiritual connection with the pictographs because of the power, beauty, and awe that they created within him upon their first mysterious contact....   [tags: The Abstract Wild Jack Turner Essays]

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Jack London

- Jack London, an American author known for his thrilling adventure stories, showed the world that even an exciting story that takes place in exotic settings can include all the intricacies of great literature. This is seen in many of his stories with the implementation of symbolism, many times a recurring theme in his work. Also, London used many ideas of the day such as Darwinism and Spencerism in his writings in order to better portray his views. However, perhaps one of the most telling signs that London wrote good literature was through London's mastery of a rising literary movement known as naturalism....   [tags: Jack London Author Writer]

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Jack London's To Build A Fire

- There are many authors in this world today. Some are known for classical writings of poetry, or hundreds and hundreds of books written by them. This author though was one who portrayed himself through dozens of short stories. His name is Jack London. Jack London is a writer who shows the conflict between Nature versus Man in his writings and supports this theme through his work, “To Build a Fire.” Jack was born on January 12, 1876 and died on November 22, 1916. He is best known for his nature novels depicting how nature can sometimes be so powerful that it overcomes man....   [tags: Writer Author Jack London Build Fire]

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Jack London

- Jack London was a prolific writer, one of the most widely read American writers of the early 20th century. During his short life, he wrote fifty books, plus many articles and short stories. Besides being one of the most widely read authors, he was also the highest-paid. However, Jack London did not spend all of his time writing. Besides being an author, he also was a gold prospector, a homeless, a pirate, a sailor, and a factory worker. London was determined to live an adventurous life: I would rather be ashes than dust....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Jack London

- During the turn of the 19th century, a grandiose shift occurred in literature from realism to naturalism form of writing. One of the many authors involved in this movement included Jack London. London developed his short stories collection, Son of the Wolf, around this theme. In a Far Country is a short story in Son of the Wolf collection in which London talks about two lethargy men, Cater Weatherbee and Percy Cuthfert, who come from different realms of life. They are on a journey to the North near the Yukon River in Alaska searching for gold....   [tags: Realism, Naturalism, Writing]

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To Build a Fire by Jack London

- “To Build a Fire” written by Jack London can truly be considered as a work of art. With themes anyone can relate to, such as survival and man versus nature, it is a great short story for anyone looking for something to read. Everyone knows a dog is a man’s best friend, but what happens when it is man versus dog. When survival of the fittest kicks in, the fittest truly shows. In “To Build a Fire”, Jack London expresses various elements of literature to really get the reader involved in the story....   [tags: To Build a Fire ]

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London

- The Call of the Wild by Jack London The title of the book is 'The Call of the Wild' and was written by Jack London in 1903. He was the son of an Irish-American astrologer and his mother was Flora Wellman, the odd one out of a well to do family. They lived a life of poverty in Pennsylvania. Jack read a lot and at the age of fifteen left home and travelled around North America as a tramp. On charges of vagrancy, he spent 30 days in prison. After educating himself he managed to gain entry to a university, before being caught up in the Klondike River Gold Rush in North Canada, 1896....   [tags: Papers]

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The Setting of To Build a Fire by Jack London

- The Setting of To Build a Fire by Jack London No matter what type of story you are reading, setting always plays a key element in producing the desired effect. Jack London's short story To Build A Fire provides an excellent example of this. In this story, a man hikes across a snow and ice covered plane towards the encampment where he is supposed to meet up with more travelers like himself. The setting of this story is one of the northernmost most areas of the earth, the Yukon. The man must hike across this area for approximately thirty-six miles before he reaches the camp at which he is expected....   [tags: Papers]

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Summary of Aloha Oe by Jack London

- The Summary This is a short story written by an American writer named Jack London who is revered in Oakland as a hero and there are many places which are named after him. There is another village named Glen Ellen in Sonoma where there is a park which is named after him. He was born on January 12, 1876 in Alaska and later moved to Oakland. He was borne to an unmarried mother. He lived under very difficult circumstances by working hard in factories. These circumstances lead him to write about the low class societies and hardships faced by them....   [tags: hawaiian island, love, dorothy]

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London

- The novella The Call of the Wild is a story of Buck overcoming challenges while being thrown into the real world and learning new traits like persistence and resilience. Protagonist Buck is a colossal St Bernards cross Scotch shepherd dog, transforms from a humble house dog and then eventually returns to a primordial state as a best of the wild. Along the way he is faced with an endless array of challenges. London achieves this by portraying Buck’s change in character in a manner that explores and incorporates diverse motifs....   [tags: buck, environment]

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The Role of Setting in To Build a Fire by Jack London

- In “To Build a Fire” by Jack London, the setting plays a significant role throughout the entire story. The chosen setting by London creates a specific and idealistic mood for his depressing story. It forces, as well as prepares, it’s audience to what the story holds. The amount of constant detail the story holds allows the reader to anticipate the ending that is inevitable to happen. Jack London creates a setting that is hostile and “cold”. The story is set in the wilderness of the frozen Yukon, during the harsh winter months, when “there was no sun nor hint of sun” in the sky....   [tags: isolated, mood, stubbornness]

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Analysis of Jack London´s To Build a Fire

- 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....   [tags: humanity, thought, natural, mindset]

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The Cost of Pride in Jack London’s To Build a Fire

- ... 129). He eventually makes a fire to thaw out his “ice muzzle” to eat but leaves the warmth of the fire soon afterward, and he continues to chew tobacco, once again, turning his eye muzzle. His hand and toes began to go numb, and only his reaction is to strike his hand against his body, in order to regain feeling in his extremities. He is reckless and takes for granted the only form of mobility he has, his body (pg.130) In the perilous journey, he demonstrates signs of careless planning. He was not able to make compatible intelligent choices, equal to the opposing factors against him....   [tags: overconfident, reality, careless]

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Jack the Ripper

- Jack the Ripper terrorized the streets of London of unknown reasons. With his ability to disappear he was impossible to track, therefore making him one of the most interesting and clever criminals known to man. In 1888, five prostitutes were brutally murdered within a tiny area of the East End of London. The killings rapidly occurred over an 11- week period but they have both haunted and fascinated people for over a hundred years. (Jakubowski 16) There is no reason to believe that the victims were known to associate with each other and they varied by age....   [tags: Terrorism, White Chapel, London]

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Jack The Ripper

- Jack The Ripper Jack the Ripper, as he was rightly called, was an infamous murderer in London, England in 1888, almost one hundred years ago. Jack the Ripper is by no stretch of the imagination the first serial killer ever, but the first to do so in a largely populated area, although it seemed he had no malice for other people. Although the number of kills under the belt of Jack the Ripper is unofficial, it is estimated to be around four to seven women, all prostitutes within the area....   [tags: Papers]

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Jack the Ripper

- Jack the Ripper is one of the most well-known serial killers of the ages. Although everyone knows the name, “Jack the Ripper,” nobody really knows of his true identity. When the murder victims were found the press and the detectives could never put a name with the crime. Jack the Ripper is a mythic figure comparable with Frankenstein and Dracula. The Rippers first three murdered whores, in 1888, were believed to be by the same person. These murdered victims all seemed to occur around the Parish Church of Saint Mary, also called “the White Chapel.” (Fido…1) “Jack the Ripper,” was the name given to an unidentified serial killer in the White Chapel district of London in 1888....   [tags: Case Study]

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jack the ripper

- It all started in the East End of London in 1888, from August 7 till November 10. All killings occurred within one mile area and involved the districts of Whitechapel, Spitalfields, Aldgate, and the city of London proper. The man I am referring to is no other then the notorious Jack the Ripper, the Whitechapel, or the Leather Apron. Jack the Ripper is significant and popular, not just because he was a serial killer, but because he was the first to appear in a large metropolis at the time when the general puplic had become literate and the press was a force for social change....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Jack The Ripper

- Jack The Ripper In August 1888, the first of a series of murders was committed by a killer who became known as Jack the Ripper. To this day the identity of the killer remains a mystery. Five women were brutally killed in the East End of London, by a maniac who appeared to kill without warning and with no remorse. 1)What can you learn from Source A. Source A tells us that the two murders were aimed directly at the poorest people in East End at the time, and usually because of the poverty at that time, the women had to revert to prostitution so this tells us that the murderer had a great dislike for poor people or mainly prostitutes, but there was no clear motive f...   [tags: Papers]

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Ralph and Jack in Lord Of The Flies

- William Golding's Lord of the Flies is a novel about a group of boys who are lost on a deserted island and must do what they can to survive. At the beginning of the novel, two of the boys, Ralph and Jack, become leaders. These differences will form the main conflict in the story. The differences will cause them to hate each other and the anger that results is a recurring part of the plot throughout the novel. These two boys can be compared by the way they change, the reason for their actions, and the way they use or abuse power....   [tags: Lord Flies William Golding]

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The Reasons Behind Police's Inability To Catch Jack The Ripper

- The Reasons Behind Police's Inability To Catch Jack The Ripper Jack The Ripper was never caught, and his identity remains a mystery to this day. The police were unable to catch Jack The Ripper and solve the mystery of the Whit Chapel murders because of several reasons. The first reason is the police themselves. In London, there were two police forces. The Metropolitan police and the City Of London police. The murders took place in both of the jurisdictions. The police forces each had separate investigations going on and they did not share evidence or information with each other....   [tags: Papers]

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Why the Police were Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper

- Why the Police were Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper In the Victorian Times, smog was a big problem. It made visibility extremely bad, so the murders would have been harder to witness. There were lots of prostitutes because there weren’t many jobs available for woman, so they were forced on the streets. Most turned to alcohol. The people out at the time of the murder would have been tramps and drunks, not reliable witnesses. The East End streets were maze-like, and easy to escape from....   [tags: Papers]

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Victoria London as an Essential Element of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde

- Victoria London as an Essential Element of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson in 'Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde' makes London in the Victorian era an essential element of the story, Text Box: Text Box: because London at the end of the 19th century was the centre of a massive empire. It was the epitome of what other towns and cities should be like. The gentlemen of London were the 'perfect' example of how everyone should behave. A respectable gentleman was thought to be a rational man, a good Christian, a responsible person....   [tags: Papers]

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Reasons Why the Police were Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper

- Reasons Why the Police were Unable to Catch Jack the Ripper Catching a serial killer today is no easy job, but more than 100 years ago it was an even more difficult job. The police then had to face no forensics, little structure within the forces, people unwilling to help, and yet they were still expected to find the ripper. In 1888 there were no forensics, no DNA tests and no fingerprinting. The area in which the murders occurred was an especially abysmal place where people often walked round covered in blood due to the slaughter houses....   [tags: Papers]

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Jack Kerouac's On The Road

- Jack Kerouac's On The Road Jack Kerouac is considered a legend in history as one of America's best and foremost Beat Generation authors. The term "Beat" or "Beatnic" refers to the spontaneous and wandering way of life for some people during the period of postwar America, that seemed to be induced by jazz and drug-induced visions. "On the Road" was one such experience of Beatnic lifestyle through the eyes and heart of Jack Kerouac. It was a time when America was rebuilding after WW I. Describing the complexity and prosperity of the postwar society was not Karouac's original intent....   [tags: Jack Kerouac On Road Essays]

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Appreciation for London by William Blake

- Appreciation for London by William Blake The first stanza of the poem London opens with the image of Blake as he wanders “thro' each charter'd street”. Blake selected the word “charter'd” to convey various images in the readers mind. The immediate image the audience will visualize is that the streets of London were mapped out. However, on further examination the reader can determine that Blake had another meaning for the word. The word charter is also a document bestowing certain rights on a town or city....   [tags: London William Blake Poems Poetry Essays]

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Analysis of William Blake's Poem London

- Analysis of William Blake's Poem London London by William Blake is a poem characterised by its dark and overbearing tone. It is a glimpse at a period of England's history (particularly London) during war and poverty, experienced by the narrator as he walks through the streets. Using personification it draws a great human aspect to its representation of thoughts and beliefs of the narrator. The author uses a rhyme scheme that mirrors the pace of walking. The pace is moderate using an octameter meter, and each stressed syllable is like each footfall of the narrator....   [tags: William Blake London Poetry Essays]

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Self-Made Misery in Blake’s London

- Self-Made Misery in Blake’s London     The poet William Blake paints a picture of the dirty, miserable streets of London in his poem, "London". He describes the wretched people at the bottom of the society, the chimney-sweeps, soldiers, and harlots. These people cry out from their pain and the injustices done to them. The entire poem centers around the wails of these people and what they have become due to wrongs done to them by the rest of society, primarily institutions such as the church and government....   [tags: Blake's London Essays]

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Jack

- The rain was pouring down even more heavily now. A young woman ran into the neglected barn and closed the door, she hid behind a stack of hay. The barn door creaked open slowly, and standing there was a large man, in his hands he held a hatchet, it was not very sharp, but it did not have to be for the purpose for which it was intended. He walked in and looked around, he saw no sign of the woman. As the man was about to walk away, the woman peeked out from behind the hay and in doing so knocked over a bucket, sealing her fate....   [tags: Short Story, Creative Writing]

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London

- In London, William Blake portrays a very dark and abysmal picture of London. Throughout the whole poem, Blake never mentions a positive scene. The poem seems to deal with the lower class part of society, the part which lives in the poor neighborhoods. The first stanza begins with the speaker wandering around London. Throughout the poem, Blake repeats a word which he used in one line, in the next line. An example of this can be seen in the first two lines. He uses the word chartered in the first line without any deep meaning to it, but the use of the word charted in the next line shows that the Thames was set up so that somehow people control where it flows....   [tags: essays research papers]

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To Build a Fire, by Jack London

- No one plans on or even wants to lose their life due to an unfortunate mishap. Isn’t it better to check twice and thoroughly plan ahead as opposed to finding oneself in an unfortunate situation. No wonder mothers ask so many questions; they leave no scope for misunderstanding. Jack London’s “To Build A Fire,” both 1902 and 1908 versions, cause distress in readers’ minds and make them wonder how a simple topic of surviving in the cold can turn out so horrific. A handful of alterations were made to the original version of the story; some add a completely new meaning, while others only provide slight nuances....   [tags: To Build a Fire, Jack London]

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Jack London's Life and Accomplishments

- Jack London was born in the late 19th century, near San Francisco. Jack’s Parent’s divorced when he was young; when his mother remarried they travelled around California looking for work. Although London and his family were poor, he didn’t let that stop him from being one of the most well-known authors in American history. Jack London threw ought his life wroth many books the most notable was Call of the wild. Call of the Wild Was set mostly in the Alaska gold rush of 1898, where over 100,000 people attempted to go to the Klondike Region to find gold(Klondike 1), of that 60,000 died on their way and only 30,000 actually made it (1)....   [tags: call of the wild, alaska, jack london]

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Analysis of South of the Slot by Jack London

- Analysis of South of the Slot by Jack London The slot is a metaphor of the “class cleavage of society”. There was a contrast between the North and South of the Slot in terms of building types: in the North were the higher-class centers of diversion, lodging, and business; and in the South were the lower-class centers of lodging, unskilled work/business. The buildings are figures of two contrasting classes that were segregated (?). In order to study the southern people (the working class) a sociology professor of the University of CA, Freddie Drummond (FD), decides to work temporarily as an unskilled laborer....   [tags: South of the Slot Jack London Essays]

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Man vs. Environment in To Build a Fire by Jack London

- One can express many different types of themes in Jack London’s, “To Build a Fire”. Though I feel strongly that London’s theme in the story is about that the environment shapes who we are because it shows that the man is not strong enough to live up to his environment. Allowing the environment to kill the man indicates that he is weak both mentally and biologically, while on the other hand the dog is stronger by surviving the same harsh environment. Instinct superior to reason is another theme that is highly portrayal able in London’s story....   [tags: To Build a Fire, Jack London]

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Thematic Analysis of Jack London's White Fang

- Thematic Analysis of Jack London's White Fang White Fang, written by Jack London, is a wonderful adventure novel that vividly depicts the life of a wolf by the name of White Fang. Throughout the course of the novel, White Fang goes through numerous learning experiences as he interacts with humans and other wolves from Alaska around the turn of the century. Jack London uses the events that transpire during White Fang's life to illustrate that only the cunning, intelligent, and strong will be able to survive....   [tags: Jack London White Fang Essays]

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Overconfidence and Arrogance in To Build a Fire by Jack London

- Overconfidence and Arrogance in To Build a Fire by Jack London Overconfidence and arrogance led to the death of the man in Jack London's "To Build a Fire." This overconfidence in his own abilities led to him making poor decisions and scorning the advice of those who know what they are talking about. Instead, he laughs at the old man after he tells him "a man should travel with a partner" (1769) and goes out into the frigid weather anyway. He knew that it was 75 degrees below zero and that his body was numb but he didn't care because he thought he could handle it....   [tags: Build Fire Jack London Arrogance Essays]

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The Life and Writings of Jack London

- It appears that many famous people lived through a poor childhood. Jack London had an immensely rough childhood stricken with poverty and uncertainty, yet he is one of the most famous writers of the twentieth century. London’s lack of stability in his life and the various stages he lived through such as being a sailor, hobo, Klondike Argonaut, and self-made millionaire colored the pages of his writing. Lack of stability in a child’s life can be a detrimental factor in a youth’s ability to succeed....   [tags: Biography]

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The Life of Jack London

- The Life of Jack London Jack London was an American writer and journalist and a huge supporter and activist for socialism. London had several widely popular novels including The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea Wolf. London’s writing career was not just given to him, he faced many hardships, but worked hard to become a successful writer. On January 12, 1876 Flora Wellman gave birth to John Griffith Chaney, Better know as Jack London, in San Francisco California, she was not married at the time (“Jack London Biography” 1)....   [tags: writer, alcoholism, poverty]

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Jack London: A Biography

- Jack London: A Biography        John Griffith London, better known to us as Jack London, was born to Flora Wellman January 12, 1876, in San Francisco. (Ranch Album)  His father was presumably W.H. Chaney, who left Flora after finding out she was pregnant. (Stasz, 9)  Flora met and eventually married John London on September 7, 1876 bringing John's two other children, Ida and Eliza, into the family. (Ranch Album) Flora enlisted the help of a wet nurse and, with the help her and Eliza, Jack London was raised.  For the next ten years, John and his family relocated several times within California, moving from farm to farm trying to become financially successful....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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