Comparative Analysis: To Build a Fire by Jack London and The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

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“To Build a Fire” and “The Most Dangerous Game”
Part A. In the story “To Build a Fire” it provides a great amount of writing devices, such as:
Foreshadowing - to show or indicate beforehand; omen or warning.
1. The behavior of the dog represents foreshadowing, how it uses it’s instincts to survive the weather and stray from “danger”
2. The terrible cold. It says several times in the story “Fifty degrees below zero” over and over again, a human being can only survive so long alone in the cold.
3. When the fire had gone out, or when he was pacing back and forth to relieve the numbness and get his blood pumping again.
Flashback- a device in the narrative of a motion picture, novel, etc., by which an event or scene taking place before the present time in the narrative is inserted into the chronological structure of the work.
1. When the man comes to severe difficulty after falling in the water and struggling to light a fire, he thinks back repeatedly to the old man at Sulphur Creek.
2. The man foresaw his own death before it ever happened; “He pictured the boys finding his body the next day”.
3. The time he thought back when he had heard something about how someone had cut the insides of an animal and burrowed in it to keep warm.
Irony- a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated; Situational, Dramatic, Verbal.
1. The man undergoes jealousy of his dog and a fierce battle against his environment. The man dies as a result of panicking and trying to rush against death, himself, and nature, dramatic irony.
2. “He pictured the boys finding his body the next day,” is also a result in situational irony.
3. The whole stories theme was seemed as it was set upon… irony. How the old timer warn him of the dangers and the man laughing thinking he could do it on his own, and the dog knowing there was no chance of survival from the man, for he was just one human

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