He has this crazy notion he can run to camp and he will be ok, just lose some toes and fingers from frostbite. He would be floating logs from the islands in the Yukon down the river when the ice melted. We see other processes in effect, too, such as the layers of snow and ice that have built up in the Yukon, or the ice that accumulates on the man's beard. Jack London does not disappoint in this because at least one of the two, at last, makes it to the camp. In another minute he would be able to feed it with branches the size of his wrier, and then he could remove his wet toot-gear, and, while it dried, he could keep his naked feet warm by the fire, rubbing them at first, of course, with snow. If he had another man with him, he would not be in any danger now.
He drove the thought of his freezing feet, and nose, and cheeks, out of his mind, devoting his whole soul to the matches. The representations of their characters show humans who believe that they are strong and can ably survive, but these characters many times overestimate themselves which can lead to an understanding of their own mortality as they face down death. One characteristic of Naturalism in literature is that the characters in a story are described as being conditioned or controlled by the environment in which they are in; in essence man versus nature. There are many examples of how this is portrayed as the story makes headway. They are respecting nature, and considering results of actions.
The nature in this story is the harsh environment of the Yukon Trail. How can one not give this story full 5 stars. So, the man keeps walking watching out for these little traps. The setting in both stories consisted of extreme climate and conditions. Knowing how to build a hall-tree will organize your coats and make your life simpler.
It was not because he was long used to it. His pace of four miles an hour had kept his heart pumping blood to the surface of his body and to all the extremities. Indifferent environment and survival Naturalism not only maintains that the environment is deterministic see Determinism, above , but indifferent. The Yukon lay a mile wide and hidden under three feet of ice. What is To Build a Fire About and Why Should I Care? The other man could build the fire. .
The employees mostly took the elevators up and down the building, limiting their knowledge of possible escape routes. It is at this moment that he realises that building a fire is not as easy as it seems. He has to see his hands, his legs to know that they are still attached to his body. This example shows that the man is no were near civilization, and that he must fend for himself. His fingers go numb, and the man begins to continue walking. Determinism The movement of naturalism was greatly influenced by the 19th-century ideas of Social Darwinism, which was in turn influenced by Charles Darwin's theories on evolution. This thought tended to put him in a panic, but he fought against it and kept calm.
The man was so ignorant because, in a man who is not self-centred, and thinks logically is to halt his journey, and go back to where he came from for the fear of his life. Man can prove himself to be real tough when the odds are stacked against him. This section contains 256 words approx. He started at once to rebuild the fire, but his fingers were now so numb that he could not bend them, and he was forced to pick up each twig and splinter between the tips of the fingers of either hand. He was sure to frost his cheeks; he knew that, and experienced a pang of regret that he had not devised a nose-strap of the sort Bud wore in cold snaps.
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. There was a sharp, explosive crackle that startled him. Because the freezing point is 32 above zero, it meant that there were 107 degrees of frost. In the short story To Build a Fire, the protagonist lacks the understanding of reality. His erect position in itself started to drive the webs of suspicion from the dog's mind; and when he spoke peremptorily, with the sound of whiplashes in his voice, the dog rendered its customary allegiance and came to him.
You just fall asleep and don't feel anything. It was the penalty all tobacco-chewers paid in that country, and he had been out before in two cold snaps. 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. He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances. But he had the foresight to drop the bunch of matches into his wide-mouthed outside pocket before he slipped on his mittens in despair , and started to run up the trail.