After the first fire is put out, his desperation becomes more defined as he seemingly will do anything to survive, including attempting to kill his dog for warmth and using all his matches at once in a final attempt to light his last fire. Naturalists often used sparer, harder language to complement their plot-driven stories; this tendency can be seen as a verbal corollary to naturalism's preoccupation with objectivity see The objective power of numbers and facts, above. Finally, naturalism usually turned its attention to the often-ignored lower classes. The man is shocked, as if he has heard his own death knell. While the snow created with nature symbolizes de … ath. The dog waits until night fall, watching the unmoving man. The setting of the story in the extreme cold of the largely uninhabited Yukon establishes the thematic role nature will play from the beginning.
The dog is a key figure because it represents everything that the man is not: natural, instinctual, and aware of the power of the natural world. He puts on his mittens and beats his hands. He has decided to build his fire under a tree to make pulling branches off the tree to burn easy. The forces working against the protagonist become embodied by the entirety of outer space. By introducing his readers to the setting, prepares them for a tone that is depressed and frightening. Another theme in this story is loyalty, or lack thereof.
The feeling in his toes when he first sat down has gone. Then he reaches for his knife to cut the strings. Well, here he was; he had had the accident; he was alone; and he had saved himself. Lesson Summary In 'To Build a Fire,' by Jack London a man makes the mistake of thinking he is tough enough to brave the cold. During his journey, the man gets his feet wet as he falls through the ice into the water of a hot spring London 122.
The dog lies near the fire. There were no signs of a fire to be made, and, besides, never in the dog's experience had it known a man to sit like that in the snow and make no fire. The man had no imagination and only understood facts. This literary technique allows the reader to understand the dangers of the situation as it unfolds. For example, he goes through the extremely cold territory alone, despite going for the first time.
A man should not travel in that weather, just like the old man said, and if he has to travel, he should have a companion. The heat of the flames melts the heavy snow in the boughs above just enough to cause the snow to crash down, smothering the fire. But the dog is also better prepared to deal with the risks of extreme cold as his act of biting away the ice on his paws shows. Practically all of his works deal with the jagged leading edge of the wilder elements in society, gangsters, mutiny on a ship, Labor-related violence, socialism with a Red Flag element small wonder he was ba … nned in many areas. It was like taking an anesthetic. The old man at Sulpur Creek had told him that no man should travel alone if it was colder than fifty degrees below zero.
The dog does this instinctively, not because it understands the consequences of frozen feet. As they follow the course of a frozen creek, the man is careful to avoid patches of thin ice, hidden by the snow, that cover pockets of unfrozen water. The dog barks and tries to break free. You can see this playing out when the man has the series of accidents. His desperation for survival and his fear of death cause his final demise as he freezes to death at the end of the story. Later, the dog whined loudly.
London illustrates and emphasizes this theme in three ways: through his choice of setting, his imagery, and his artful placement of irony within the story. It grew like an avalanche, and it descended without warning upon the man and the fire, and the fire was blotted out! The man helps the dog, but his fingers grow numb within a minute of removing his glove. Contrary to other literary movements, Naturalism views nature without sentiment and without projecting human characteristics of love, care, and agency onto the natural world. The story written in 1908 has become an often anthologized classic, while the 1902 story is less well known. He is blinded by fear greater than anything he has ever experienced. But the man remained silent.
Before he set out, an old man told him that it was too cold at 50 below zero to travel without a companion. Running helps the man stop shaking. The dog knows it should not be out in such harsh weather, while the man does not. As the dog reluctantly follows the man across a frozen river, the dog is more cautious than the man. The man congratulates himself on proving the old man wrong.
Jack's father took him under his wing and helped him out only to be kiloled by the giants in the end, steal all his possessions, burn down the house and only spared Jack's and his mothers life because his mother begged and pleaded this also differs but the concept still remains the same. Each time he had pulled on a twig he had communicated a slight agitation to the tree—an imperceptible agitation, so far as he was concerned, but an agitation sufficient to bring about the disaster. It comes cascading down, and puts out his fire. His name is Jack London. Whereas the dog knows it is way too cold to be on a hike, the man takes it as a little adventure. The whiteness of the land, covered in ice and snow, is broken only by the trail which leads 500 miles south and 1,500 north all the way to the Bering Sea. The man is not a thinker and so he walks with few thoughts and reflections.