To Build a Fire

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Dwight DeHaven
Jean Kavanagh
English 101
30 April 2012
JACK LONDONS TO BUILD A FIRE
Instinct verse intellect, Dog and the man both have instinct, it’s a very primitive instinct to stay alive but in London's” to build a fire” the man’s intellect over ruled his instinct. First point is the fact he was told that going out in the first place was a bad idea! The dog of course is more equipped for the harsh weather in the first place put him at a greater advantage. The dog has also learned a couple things that is not just instinct. "London writes the dog had learned fire and wanted it, or else to burrow under the snow and cuddle its warmth away from the air”. Both are signs of instinct and intellect, but the dog doesn’t waste time, and wait till he cannot function before he makes his decisions which I think shows good instinct. The Dog shows over and over in London‘s book that his instinct save his life over three time. Once the man was going to kill him to stay warm, and the dog could tell by the man’s voice, not to approach him. “London writes it flattened its ears down at the sound of the man’s voice, and its restless, hunching movements and liftings and shiftings of its forefeet became more pronounced; but it would not come to the man.” The also knows to by instinct, that if ice, or snow builds up between its toes, it would mean sore feet .” London writes it merely obeyed the mysterious prompting that arose from deep crypts of its being”. The man, on the other hand is running on intellect and at one point reflects “London writes the old-timer on Sulphur Creek was right, he thought in the moment of controlled despair that ensued: after fifty below a man should travel with a partner.

The cold is a very dangers thing but, the man’s instinct didn’t have a roll in his demise,it was his int
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