It is wild untamed country. This man has chosen to walk the harsh, bitter, cold trail for several miles with only a few biscuits for food and a single box of matches. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Exposition Initial Situation Biscuits, Bacon, and the Boys The man starts out with only a slight awareness of how cold it is. He knew he needed to start another fire;but his hands and feet were numb and he could not grasp the matches. To Build a Fire takes place i n the Yukon, which is located in Alaska. Sprinkle water over the fire site.
Why is Mood Used in Literature? Manufactured logs combine sawdust and paraffin wax for an easy-to-light, clean-burning fire. For example, he goes through the extremely cold territory alone, despite going for the first time. It will continue to exist whether he is here or not. The man is traveling to the left fork of Henderson Creek to meet the boys at camp for the old claim. One-hundred thousand prospectors traveled to the Yukon to make their fortune.
If you do not feel any heat emerging from the ground, it is likely to be fully extinguished. His desperation for survival and his fear of death cause his final demise as he freezes to death at the end of the story. Truthfully, slicing open the dog is not a reasonable way to survive, as the man could not have even held a knife at that point. After the man has floated off to a frosty death, his dog waits for a while, confused at the sight of a human sitting in the snow without a fire. By including the dog, the author makes the man less likable.
Knows when things are dangerous or wrong. In this analysis, I will be referring to the version written in 1908. When he ignores these warnings, nature is sure to defeat man. He surveys the icy, snowy tundra. Whether it is the dreary setting, the vast expanse of the Yukon, freezing temperatures below minus fifty, or the sight of nothing but snow and ice, each of these poses its own unique challenge to the man.
Those old-timers were rather womanish, some of them, he thought. It was a clear day, and yet there seemed an intangible pall over the face of things, a subtle gloom that made the day dark, and that was due to the absence of sun. These setting details reveal the man's. He was used to the lack of sun. At the time, American readers were fascinated with the Klondike Gold Rush, and Jack London had recently returned from several years of mining for gold in the arctic north.
The nature in this story is the harsh environment of the Yukon Trail. Then he takes out his pipe and sits there in the warmth of his fire, thinking about how great he is. The man and the dog travel an inhospitable world. Find small, dry items such as grass, leaves, shredded tree bark or newspaper are ideal choices. In 1897, twenty-one-year-old Jack London sailed to the Yukon as a gold prospector. Make a teepee structure for an easy-to-light option. At the conclusion of the story we finally see the man come to the realization, in a round about way, that it was best to meet his fate with dignity, thus giving meaning to an otherwise meaningless and cruel death.
This situation causes the man to become selfish, only focusing on his present actions and thoughts. He is traveling with The dog. He is ill-prepared, and each challenge takes its toll. What does this suggest about the dog's relationship to nature? He manages to calm his fears and take another stab at building a fire, but when that attempt fails, we know this is going nowhere good, and it's going fast. Ask students to consider this suggestion as they reread the passage of the story that describes the struggle between the man and the dog.
The man understands he has underestimated the cold and is doomed. By the end of the story, he dies as a result of his arrogance. London's stark, distanced portrayal is an excellent example of American literary naturalism. Next, place kindling on top of it in a crisscross patter. By introducing his readers to the setting, prepares them for a tone that is depressed and frightening. He died of uremic poising, some think he died of a painkiller overdose to stop the pain of his uremic poising because it also causes kidney stones 4.
It had been days since he had seen the sun, and he knew that a few more days must pass before that cheerful orb, due south, would just peep above the sky-line and dip immediately from view. On top of this ice were as many feet of snow. It was a steep bank, and he paused for breath at the top, excusing the act to himself by looking at his watch. Most of them failed to get rich, and many died in the harsh conditions. The only world the man is truly accustomed to, is his own. The sun, even if it does appear, will only show for a few minutes. Ice and snow cover the land, and we know the temperature is more than 50 degrees below zero.