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Mother Nature Rules All Essay

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Jack London is a well-known author for his novels about how humans interact with nature; an example of a novel that he wrote is White Fang. London understood the importance for the respect of nature, and had the idea to express the importance of nature through stories. In many of Jack London’s stories, he displays the constant struggle between man and nature. In the short fiction, “To Build a Fire,” London demonstrates the human race’s inability to listen to nature when needed. The opening of “To Build a Fire” uses vivid imagery, giving you a strong idea of the cold and harsh weather. Although the setting is another factor highly important for the story, it would be lacking without London’s use of imagery. The other main contributing factor is the character himself. Strong imagery, descriptive setting, and the character helps, To Build A Fire display London’s main theme throughout his short story.
The imagery is meant to bring the reader with the main character, make them feel as though they are experiencing his struggles. Jack London did just so when describing his characters struggle through the plot. The character in the story had no name, leaving the imagination of the name to the reader. Also, he used imagery to describe the desperation the character is feeling through the storm that is surging through the area. The wording London used was extremely powerful, and always captivates his readers. As the audience is reading, they feel an overwhelming sense of empathy for the main character, due to the explicit imagery. The build up to the climax, and the character dying in the end because he was not stronger then nature truly involved the audience’s emotions and attention.
Although the setting is highly important for the story, it would be lacking without London’s use of imagery in his text, To Build A Fire. Similar to many of London’s stories, the setting in “To Build a Fire” is cold and bleak. The setting is seen as one of the focal points in the story. To prove the point of the necessity to understand nature he had his setting be a very...

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