Ice Vs. Fire Essay

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In Jack London short story, “To Build a Fire,” A men and his dog were to cross the woods to get to a camp site. The man who has no name walks through the woods just to get to another camp site walking through the cold weather with a dog and himself. Temperatures that go below freezing points that makes it hard to walk through. The man has very little knowledge of walking in winter weather and has problems walking through the snow. The dog that walks with him is a more skill animal that actually is more fitted to walk around these temperatures. The only problem about the man is the trouble he has to keep warm. London uses Setting, style, and conflict to show the troubles the man carries with ...view middle of the document...

” (1210). after this part he has even more trouble starting another fire. Eventually the man dies off in the cold he freezes to death and the dog left his owner to die in the cold
London uses style in his story very good for instance the narrator of the story explains well in detail the surroundings of the story. The narrator also digs into what the man thinks in the story. The narrator goes in the mind of the man and we see what we can learn what kind of knowledge he has about traveling outdoors or has any background about the dangerous that happen around the woods. The dog that is with it is his first winter but actually has a better sense of what he (the dog) is going to face the narrator says, “But the dog; knew all its ancestry knew and it had inherited knowledge.” (1209). It ran is his ancestor from his family that he has knowledge the dog is easily able ride along the trail. The dog fell on thin ice while sent out ahead of the man to help out the man, but the dog did not want to go he went even though and then suddenly fell in the pool of water after he got wet the dog go his back legs knew what would happen to him if he did not get dry so he did what he was taught to lick the ice right off. The dog knew he would freeze his legs if the ice stayed on him and did what he had in mind from past ancestors. When the dog legs got wet the dog had a good reaction as the narrator said, “It made a quick effort to lick the ice off its legs, then dropped down in the snow and began to bite out the ice that had form between his toes. This was a matter of instinct.”(1208) the dog knew what to do with the instinct he had from his past. The narrator reminds the reader of the dog how he is able to survive. While the man has a lot of trouble to move around he has no fur just coats to protect him from the cold. It seems the way the problems that occur to both the dog and the men, but the dog is better prepared and is not really worried much.
Another theme is conflict the character faces a lot of...

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