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Literary Analysis

To Build A Fire Analysis

Johnny Drapeau


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. 




Narrative Paragraph



Johnny Drapeau


-Tradition is what brings us together



     Traditions are what brings the family together. My tradition with my family has been going on for as long as I remember. This tradition brings our whole family together every Sunday morning for breakfast. It is an awesome way to start the day and always makes me laugh. It starts as just a usual Sunday morning. I walk down the stairs sluggishly because I know I have homework to do. I look for my sister but she was just laying in bed watching shows on her laptop.  I sit down on the couch starring off into space, wishing that the homework would just go away. I hear a pop than a sizzle and I look up to see my mom with bacon on the stove. It instantly brightens my mood. After the pancakes and bacon are finished being cooked my mom always tells me to to get everyone to come to the table. I scream at everyone to get downstairs for pancakes. While we are at the table my tad always cracks a funny joke that makes everyone laugh. We end up getting into conversations that you would never expect to happen at breakfast, and when it is all over I  feel better than I did before. This tradition on Sunday morning has been going on for as long as I can remember and every time it makes me happy. This is important because it is a chance for the entire family to get together. Traditions are an important part of everyone’s life and should not be taken for granted.

The Lottery

The Lottery Essay


  Death is something that we all try to escape. As I read, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, I noticed that it was hard to figure out what was going on, but in the end the short story was completely worth it. Reading The Lottery changed my opinion on short stories. I had thought that short stories were boring and that there was no way the could make a good story out of such few pages. I was proved wrong when I read the lottery, the suspense leading up to the huge twist made me want to keep reading. Now I know how great short stories can be.


  When Fitz my English teacher assigned me with this essay, I just thought it was gonna be another one of those assignments that we have to do. I looked through the book of short stories reluctantly and just picked the first one that I saw with low expectations. I started reading and I was waiting for the “awesome twist” that Fitz was talking about. The story starts off in a village with many boys and girls running around. All of the characters in the story were gathering in town for the Lottery. Mr. Summers draws names out of the box and gives them to the families. They villagers are told to not open there paper until everyone has gotten one. Once everyone has gotten there paper they all open there paper and everyone starts throwing rocks that the boys and girls had collected in the beginning at the person that got the paper with the black spot. This wasn’t any normal Lottery, it was a killing Lottery.


Short stories are great, they can tell an interesting story in few pages. Short stories can be filled with twists that make the reader want to keep reading. I have never really loved reading but this short story I found interesting. Short stories are an easy read that is just as interesting as a big book.



Hard Times

How Hard Times Affect Us



    This will be a podcast about hard times, by Johnny Drapeau.  You’ve got to stay strong to be strong in tough times. Tough times are always hard but sometime you just can’t escape them. Sometimes the normal things to do can feel the hardest. I have lived a pretty easy life without many hard times. Although I am glad about that I still believe that you can learn things through tough times. You can learn how to act when times get tough. Even though I haven’t had any tough times, I believe that sometimes things can feel much harder than they are.  An example of when something easier felt much harder is homework. On a Wednesday after school and soccer, I know I have a lot of homework and I just wanna go home and get it all done. I get in the car ready to go home but I see my tenis bag with all of my sports cloths in it. I had forgotten that I had tennis. This was only two hours of tennis but it felt like much longer. Even though this wasn’t the worst thing ever, I was acting like the world was going to end. After tennis had started and I had just accepted that even though I was tired I still had to play tennis, I played multiple matches. Every single match I lost. I was getting more and more angry at myself every time I hit a ball into the net. I felt defeated and mad at myself for loosing.  Looking back on this it doesn’t seem so bad but this just shows how sometimes simple things can feel the hardest. This story shows how even the easier things can feel so hard at a bad time and that hard times can be different for everyone.