The Yokun was almost a kilometer wide. As the dog reluctantly follows the man across a frozen river, the dog is more cautious than the man. It got its much-awaited respite. The man drifts off into a calm, peaceful slumber devoid of suffering and pain. The dog chews the ice from between its toes.
He shies away from a place where he feels the ice move. London uses certain techniques to establish the atmosphere of the story. By now, his feet and hands are frozen and he can't feel them at all. The creek is frozen to the bottom, but there are some underground hot springs that make little pockets of water in the ice, and it's very dangerous to get your feet wet when it's so cold out. To Build a Fire by Jack London About the author. The protagonist was reluctant to realize that he was making a mistake by traveling in a bad weather, and this exemplifies that, his arrogance overpowered his rationale.
For the 2016 film, see. The man never had petted the dog. The dog, too, sat by the fire and warmed itself. Instinct superior to reason is another theme that… 1473 Words 6 Pages the reader right into the story. For one instance he builds a fire under a tree laden with snow. He wants to make sure the reader clearly understood the setting and the importance of its role in this story. It expects the man to do the same: stop traveling and build a fire.
The man reaches into his pocket to get a piece of tree bark that will easily catch fire and help him start his fire. In the same way, the dog does not care about the man, only about itself. The landscape has no effect on the man, despite the fact that it is new to him. Getting his feet and legs wet at the very least means a delay. Towards the end, he perishes as the biting cold saps his energy and he slumps on the snow breathing his last. The plot of the story is a simple one: a man who should have heeded the warnings of others must struggle to survive treacherous terrain and reach his friends at their camp.
The creek is fully frozen, but streams of water run from the hillsides under the snow. The man is trying to be practical when he is overwhelmed for the first time by fear of his own death. Before he started, he had been cautioned by a veteran of the area about the perils of the walk. This helped him to shrugg off the ice flakes, and warm his food. As he sits, he feels warm, but he realizes that actually more and more of his body is freezing. Again, processes are important: he does not make any mental processes, taking facts and assigning them increasing significance.
The first one was published in 1902 and the other version was published in 1908. The ghoulish cold could be vry dangerous. He drops them into the snow once the tree bark is lit. The setting describes vaguely the dangers of the cold and the area that the main character must travel. The man discovers that he needs to look down to see where his hands and arms are because he cannot feel anything. There's a bearded man walking through the Yukon wilderness on his way to a mining camp on Henderson Creek. The man regains false hope as he runs.
The dog sat nearby looking on nonchalantly. He was beginning to realize that the cold was unusual and conditions were really grim. He thinks about dying with dignity after he realizes that he has been foolishly running around when his death is inevitable. He took out his lunch packet from within his jacket. Occasionally, he reflects on the cold, realizing that he has never experienced such extreme temperatures before. The old man at Sulphur Creek presents a different possibility for the relationship between humans and nature: one based on healthy fear and respect of the natural world. Eventually, the man gets the pack of matches between his mitten-clad hands and then into his mouth, breaking the ice as he wrenches his jaw open.
The man helps the dog, but his fingers grow numb within a minute of removing his glove. In the few minutes that he removes his mittens his hands grow numb. The man is walking at four miles per hour and predicts his arrival at a place to eat lunch at half-past twelve. He sensed the presence of a treacherous hidden puddle and pushed the dog forward to walk on it. Our man has no name, but he does not need one, he could be any man that has bitten off more than he can chew; he does not considered the consequences of his actions until it is too late. At the same time, he realizes new despair.
He removes one match with his teeth, but drops it. That the man is unable to eat without a fire despite keeping his lunch against his body again attests to the way his preparations are not enough to face this degree of cold. Of course when he tries to build his next fire, he can barely grip a twig with his fingers. What Themes : 1 Survival in the Wilderness 2 Individual vs. Cursing his luck, he started to collect twigs and mulch for the fire. He figures he will be at camp that night. The judgment-versus-instinct theme is evident when the man builds the first fire.
The dog is a key figure because it represents everything that the man is not: natural, instinctual, and aware of the power of the natural world. He cannot feel his feet and looks down to make sure he is truly standing. Of course, the camp is way too far away. When the man spits into the air, he hears a snap, crackle, and pop. At this point, the ending of the story starts to become inevitable. Bad luck befell him as he dropped a piece of wet moss on the center of the fire.