"To Build a Fire" - MR.DEPPE'S PAGE

"To Build a Fire" - MR.DEPPE'S PAGE

Jack London (1876-1916) Author: Jack London 1876-1916 First American writer to become a millionaire 1897 took off to prospect for Yukon Territory in northwestern Canada His own adventures in the frozen area were the basis for many of his own stories General Information General Information

The unnamed protagonist is presented a being too confident and often unaware of his own frailty As the harshness of nature surrounds him, he becomes more aware about the folly of this thinking General Information General Information Setting

The action takes place in Alaska as an unnamed man tries to make his way along the Yukon Trail. The storys setting is important in that the story unfolds during a time of extreme cold: the story describes 75 below 0 temperatures and a sun that is

seldom seen Summary and Plot Overview Summary and Plot Overview An unnamed protagonist and his dog ignore advice and make a trek on the Yukon trail in below freezing temperatures The protagonist, walking at a brisk pace, hopes to meet the boys at camp

in 4 hours time Literary Focus Literary Focus Literary Focus Foreshadowing London gives subtle clues throughout the narrative pointing to future points of danger in the cold conditions. Make sure to take mental notes of these subtle

warnings! Symbolism London intentionally does not tell the reader protagonists name: he is symbolic of any man, and any man struggling against forces outside of this control Literary Focus Point of View

The 3rd Person Omniscient narration others the reader three distinct views: 1. That of an uncaring, unattached observer 2. Insight into the thoughts of the protagonist 3. Insight into the thoughts of his companion, a dog.

Literary Focus Style: Naturalism and Realism Naturalism: Humans were often subjects to natural forces beyond their control He was strongly influenced by Charles Darwins theories of natural selection and survival of the fittest Realism:

stories were painfully realistic Themes and Focus Themes and Focus Mans Insignificance Nature is unfeeling, unresponsive and will continue to survive long after man died Natures Power A seemingly skilled, intelligent protagonist

quickly finds himself in dire circumstances Keep the image of this tree in your mind as we read the story To Build a Fire. Themes and Focus Themes and Focus Instinct over Reason As the story progresses the mans ability to reason becomes of less value than his dogs ability to rely on its instinct

Natural Selection and the Survival of the Fittest Man is not made to survive in the elements presented in the story Character Analysis Character Analysis The Prospector Confident to a fault, it is the prospectors own sense of invulnerability that

puts him in dangerous situations His personality and thoughts alter drastically as his situation worsens Character Analysis Character Analysis The Dog Relies solely on a sense of instinct and survival The dog is able to

detect subtle clues of danger that his master cannot He is better suited for the cold conditions than his human counterpart

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