To Build A Fire Analysis
Endurance isn’t just being able to take hard things,
it’s about turning it into glory.
The battle of Man vs Nature is a hard fight. In the story, To Build A Fire, by Jack London, a man and his dog fight against the harsh weather and 100 below temperatures. The man and his dog went off into the snowy freezing woods to look for wood. The man was warned not to go but his arrogance got in the way. Together the man and his dog have to survive the harsh conditions.
The man first realizes that something might go wrong when he decides to take a rest to eat on a log. The freezing Yukon froze his fingers and it was very difficult to eat his food. To unfreeze his hands and his feet the man decides to make a fire. Once he is able to strike the match the man think hips is saved and is filled with joy. The man realizes that he was wrong and that he shouldn’t have gone in the woods alone. The man tries to head back to camp but he fails and dies. “All of which counted for little. There was the fire, snapping and crackling and promising life with every dancing flame. He started to untie his moccasins. They were coated with ice; the thick German socks were like sheaths of iron halfway to the knees; and the moccasin strings were like rods of steel all twisted and knotted as by some conflagration. For a moment he tugged with his numb fingers, then, realizing the folly of it, he drew his sheath-knife.”
In this scene the man thinks that he is saved but the fire. After trying multiple times he was finally able to light the fire and he and his dog were relieved that the flame had saved them. This was a story about man vs. nature and how the man endured the pain. The man had to use all of his knowledge to stay alive in the harsh conditions. This story had many lessons that I can learn from.