We never meet the old man, but we can tell that he has plenty of experience. Once the fire is ready, he leans near to melt the ice from his ice. All of this doesn't seem to matter since the man is looking forward to seeing his buddies at the camp. Snow falls from the branches, putting out the fire Theme There are several themes prevalent through this short story. He has decided to build his fire under a tree to make pulling branches off the tree to burn easy.
What I enjoyed most about these shorts is something that I actually remember us talking about in my Intro class. The man realizes that he physically cannot kill the dog. Jack London was involved in the Gold Rush way back at the end of the 19 th century. The building of a fire thus symbolizes life in the story, but also life through human knowledge, skill, and technology. As it grows colder, he realizes his unprotected cheekbones will freeze, but he does not pay it much attention.
He does not have a good imagination, so he does not look at the dangers of being in the cold, and he sees temperature as simply a number. A man, alone against the Canadian winter, learns that nature is the most formidable enemy of all. The one was the toil-slave of the other, and the only caresses it had ever received were the caresses of the whip-lash and of harsh and menacing throat-sounds that threatened the whip-lash. I didn't like White Fang as it had several 'gory' parts I didn't want to read aloud. 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. Lesson Summary In Jack London's ' To Build a Fire,' a miner is traveling through the frozen wasteland of Canada's Yukon Territory. He's not worried about traveling, even though he should be.
Neither man nor dog considers the life of the other. When it's finished howling, it forgets about the man and continues along the creek toward the camp, where it knows there will be a warm fire and some tasty grub. He thinks to himself that the Old Timer is wrong because he has almost finished building a fire and he will be fine. As the man continues his walk, the dog does not want to leave the fire behind. Distracted, the man falls through some ice and gets his feet wet. Summary A miner and a dog trek through a frozen wasteland. .
He tries to make another one but fails because his hands are numb. But when that fails, he is unable to think of another reasonable way to get his hands warmed up. He, with simply his animal instinct is aware of the dangers of the cold. He tears one out with his teeth, but when he tries to hold the lit match to a piece of birch bark, the smoke goes up his nose and almost makes him cough up a lung. Talk about how the dog exposes the man's lack of imagination. The man regains false hope as he runs.
The author states that there is no 'intimate relationship between the dog and the man. It's been decades since I last read it, so I'm overwriting that edition with this one. He gathers twigs and grasses. He built his fire underneath the trees because it was easier to gather the wood. The boxing stories had me captivated to the point when I was feeling the blows and actually watching the fights unfold in front of my eyes. He removes one match with his teeth, but drops it.
He has this crazy notion he can run to camp and he will be ok, just lose some toes and fingers from frostbite. The careful choice of language that London uses not only proves to be riveting but also gave me a good couple dozen new ones to look up which I've yet to do or I'd try 'em out here. London drew heavily on his life experiences in his writing. He smells death on the man, and takes off toward the camp Setting The story takes place around 1900 in the Yukon. He scolds himself for acting so shamefully and decides to meet death with dignity. In this lesson, they will analyze the setting, examine how words and phrases establish tone.
Fire is repeatedly associated with life and protection through the word choice of the story. London conveys some rather shrewd psychological insights into the great lengths that wilderness men would have to go to, to survive some of their adventures. He imagines his friends finding his body tomorrow. Finally, the man falls into a sleep that seems more restful than any other sleep he has experienced. The dog wants a fire and food, and his instincts tell him not to travel in this weather. But the man thinks the old-timer is a wimpy old coot and keeps walking.