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How to Build a Fire by Jack London: Summary, Setting & Quotes

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He pictures his body completely frozen, and this sets off a new panic. In much of his fiction, London tries to take his readers on the same journey he took to the Yukon when he was a young man, and he wants this journey to affect people as strongly as it did him. A moving story to be sure but it also stumps me. The man is shocked, as if he has heard his own death knell. Unlike Hemingway, however, London in The Sea-Wolf portrays complex characters in all their shades of humanity with a focus more on the human heart than on the human body.

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Story of the Week: The Apostate

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The dog watches the man carefully, expecting him to go into camp or seek shelter and build a fire. He starts the fire, but in trying to protect it from pieces of moss, it soon goes out. The only world the man is truly accustomed to, is his own. His selfishness and ignorance keeps him in an array of danger and disaster. The 17-year-old adventurer had made it home and regaled his mother with his tales of what had happened to him.

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There is, naturally, some question as to whether his death was an intentional suicide. Life achieves its summit when it does to the uttermost that which it was equipped to do. Isolated by an environment of frigid weather and doom, the author shows us how the main character of the story is completely unaware of his surroundings. It feels it should curl up beneath the snow and wait out the cold. They all go up in smoke, and now the man knows he's in really big trouble.

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To Build a Fire by Jack London: Summary & Analysis

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The dog howls, while evening arrives and stars appear in the sky. In El Paso, he comes into contact with the Junta Revolucionaria Mexicana, a group my father worked with. He makes his way to where he comes into contact with the Junta Revolucionaria Mexicana. Under the cold conditions, the dog has the ability to survive because it has always known how. Each time he pulled a twig, he had slightly agitated the tree until, at this point, a bough high up had capsized its load of snow.

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To Build a Fire Part I Summary and Analysis

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At Niagara Falls, he was arrested for vagrancy and sentenced to the Erie County Penitentiary. The lack of care between dog and man is further established: both are only focused on their own survival and well being. He rode trains, pirated oysters, shoveled coal, worked on a sealing ship on the Pacific and found employment in a cannery. By some accounts Bess and London's relationship was constructed less around love and more around the idea that they could have strong, healthy children together. Now, however, winning the fight just means getting money to buy some food for his family and pay his rent. He remained in school only through the eighth grade but was a voracious reader and a frequent visitor to the Oakland Public Library, where he went about educating himself and laying the groundwork for his impending literary career.

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Jack London

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He imagines his friends finding his body tomorrow. The man unties his icy moccasins, but before he can cut the frozen strings on them, clumps of snow from the spruce tree above fall down and snuff out the fire. He tries to take a bite, only to find the ice around his mouth impenetrable. His bowels gave him continual pain, and in order to reduce the pain, London began using opium and morphine, and it was not long before he became addicted to the drugs. His fingers numb and nearly lifeless, he unsuccessfully attempts to light a match. He shies away from a place where he feels the ice move. After the last time he falls, the man sits quietly, reflecting on meeting his death with dignity.

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To Build a Fire Summary

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He decides to stop and build a fire. In his adolescent years, London led a rough life, spending time as a pirate in San Francisco Bay, traveling the Far East on sealing expeditions, and making his way across America as a tramp. As he continues, he avoids several springs. Considered to be one of his best novels, the novel predicts a Fascist oligarchy in the United States under threat from a proletarian revolution, allegedly pictured in manuscripts discovered by scholars in the socialist twenty-seventh century. But the man's fire fizzles out, and he can't manage to get warm. He died at his California ranch, which he shared with Kittredge, on November 22, 1916.


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To Build a Fire by Jack London: Summary & Analysis

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The dog barks and tries to break free. He puts on his mitten and beat his hand against his knee again. He feels ashamed for running around like some shmuck, so he decides to meet death with dignity. This means that it must be colder than fifty degrees below zero. Tom knows it's because he didn't have that precious piece of steak that would have given him much-needed energy.

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