Revenge and Courage
Risk and Reward

Man Versus Nature

The Cost for The man’s arrogance

Now his fate is certain. “The man was shocked. It was as though he had just heard his sentence of death” 

     No man should think they are more powerful than nature. In Jack London’s short story “To Build a Fire,”  the man was trying to challenge the nature and he lost.In the story, below 70 degree Fahrenheit, the man was trying to get to the boys in camp by himself. On his way to the camp, he would have to cross  a small stream and he discovered the nature is more powerful than him. The man fell into water, while he was walking across the stream. In order to keep his body from freezing, he had to build a fire as quickly as possible, except he did not outsmart nature.

     High up in the tree one branch dropped its load of snow. This fell on the branches beneath. This process continued, spread- ing through the whole tree. The snow fell without warning upon the man and the fire, and the fire was dead. Where it had burned was a pile of fresh snow.


     The man thought he would be able to outsmart nature; however, he was not smart enough to predict what is going to happen. The man should have listened to the Old-Timer. “That man from Sulphur Creek had spoken the truth when telling how cold it sometimes got in the country. And he had laughed at him at the time! That showed one must not be too sure of things”  The man should have listened to the old-timer, when he told him never to travel alone when the temperature is 50 degrees below zero.  Now his fate is certain. “The man was shocked. It was as though he had just heard his sentence of death”  In the end, the man had to pay the cost for him being arrogant to nature.



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