The man regains false hope as he runs. A vast majority of the story is devoted to describing the setting. As he begins his journey to camp, he sees ice and snow as far as he can see in all directions. After that, the dog howled and soon run towards the mining camp where it knew it could enjoy bacon and the warmth of fire. The main character changes from an enthusiastic pioneer to a sad and desperate man. Despite this, the newcomer believed that he would be able to endure the cold of the Yukon Territory and make it to his destination.
The temperature is extremely cold because the mans spit freezes before it hits the ground. He did not respect nature's power, and therefore he paid with his life. He should not have built the fire under the spruce tree. The writer tells almost everything to the point whereas other writers tend to make things quite complicated so that it requires the readers to think critically. He removes one match with his teeth, but drops it. It is my opinion that throughout most of the story the dog is to represent a living creatures innate instincts although I was lead to question this at the end , the man represents desire and sheer will although he also shows many signs of repressed instinct , and nature represents the force which triggers instinctual behavior perhaps a temporary barrier if obeyed. Under the cold conditions, the dog has the ability to survive because it has always known how.
All in all, the author has done a spectacular job in terms of description and meaningfulness. He let the dog go and ended up giving up killing the dog. Freezing is not too bad, he thinks. A newcomer with no experience, he thought he was invincible. He cannot work his hands to create a fire and save his life. The boys the friends waiting in the camp : The boys have no particular character. At such extreme freezing temperatures, the man should travel with a partner, but he chooses to travel alone.
It is too dangerous to be wet at this temperature. He purposely did not give a name to the man or the dog. . 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. The man realizes that he physically cannot kill the dog.
Accompanied only by a dog, t¬¬he man travels across the trail, risking his life with every step on the snow-laden path full of frozen ice-water traps. We are shown a man who begins his journey, accompanied by a wolf-dog that follows, with all the confidence in the world, only to quickly end, not just his travels, but also his life. It is viewed as a masterpiece of naturalist fiction. Despite the fatalism illustrated in naturalism, the characters in London's 'To Build a Fire' and Crane's 'The Open Boat' are ultimately responsible for their choices and consequences of their choices. He built his fire underneath the trees because it was easier to gather the wood.
For instance, temperatures lower than negative fifty degrees Fahrenheit demarcate the danger zone of traveling alone. He cannot strangle the dog with his frozen hands. Since the naturalistic world is based on causal links see Causal links and processes, below , it should be possible, to an extent, to predict the consequences of our actions. The old-timer is in no conflict. Never being exposed to such a harsh climate, draws us to the conclusion that the environment is the. London uses many elements of naturalistic literature to tell his story.
He builds his fire carefully because he understands that he will have one chance to successfully build a fire. Some feeling returns painfully to his fingers and the man manages to remove the tree bark from his pocket. Taking pride in himself that he had survived this much. The tree above held a large amount of snow on its branches, and, as the man pulled sticks from the lower branches, he jostled the tree. The business owners kept what little exits and escape routes the building had locked for fear of a thieving employee.
The dog, showing its loyalty is to itself and not to the man, leaves the man's body and goes on to the camp, looking for a meal and a fire. Occasionally, he reflects on the cold, realizing that he has never experienced such extreme temperatures before. There was nothing else he wanted to do other than to build a fire. The side of the dog is flat. Gilder, editor of Century Magazine.
He falls through some ice and gets his feet wet, necessitating building a fire to dry off and warm up. Numbers play an important role in the story and are described in it frequently. The dog is indifferent to him, only wanting to continue its own survival. One is powerless and defenseless without having much control of hands. Also in keeping with the naturalist tradition, the man is obviously not a member of the upper class. The dog watches the man carefully, expecting him to go into camp or seek shelter and build a fire.