Examples Of Naturalism In To Build A Fire

Satisfactory Essays
Imagine this you are stuck in the alaskan tundra with only your dog and a piece of flint. Well this is what our main character has to deal with in the story “To Build a Fire” by Jack London. In “To Build a Fire” Jack London uses a lot of different conflicts to illustrate the idea of naturalism. One of the first conflicts in the story is not prevalent, but a nuisance nonetheless.

The mans dog is a natural conflict that he faces while trying to survive the alaskan tundra. The dog wants to bed down and not go any where . “The dog dropped in again at his heels, with discouragement. IN this conflict the dog is a natural element that is slowing the man down. This is not the only conflict in the story though let's take a look at the next one.

The

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    Naturalism, according to Nina Baym in the introduction of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, “introduces characters from the fringes and depths of society whose fates are determined by degenerate heredity, a sordid environment, and/or a good deal of bad luck” (7). Hence, the authors of naturalism often produce stories with twisted plots in which their protagonists encounter many obstacles and setbacks by nature, and these predicaments often injure or even take the characters' lives. Of…

    • 875 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    In the story, How to Build a Fire,” a man and a husky brave the frosty cold on their trek to meet up with the other boys. The man in the story ignores the advice of an old-timer at Sulphur Creek and goes into the below zero, freezing temperatures without a friend. His only companion is his dog, who unwittingly is more of a slave if anything at all. Both the man and the dog face one of the biggest threats imaginable: nature. Throughout the story, the man stares death straight in the face. For he is…

    • 246 Words
    • 1 Page
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    In Jack London’s “To Build A Fire”, Jack dwells into heart of naturalism. A nameless man battles the elements of nature and fights to survive the harsh conditions of Alaska. The man moving through the harsh Wilderness is looking to meet up with his friends, and take a shot at the gold industry, but first he must reach the camp in which his friends are staying. He starts out his day early and follows the riverbed to wear the camp is; followed by his husky named Pepper. He uses pepper to detect and…

    • 202 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    himself in control of his destiny. From the naturalistic viewpoint, life appoints nature as the final arbiter of the fate of all organisms, from the miniscule amoeba to the gargantuan whale to the overconfident human. Jack London's short story, "To Build a Fire", highlights the naturalistic belief that the human attempt at controlling destiny is ultimately futile, as human behavior is largely reigned in by their heredity and environment. The short story details the unsuccessful journey of an unnamed…

    • 775 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Freeze 21 February 2014 Naturalism in To Build a Fire Jack London’s To Build a Fire, clearly shows examples of and depicts the elements of a naturalist text. Throughout the entire story, there are aspects about it that classify it as naturalism rather than the idea of “new” realism. The unique storyline contains two common examples that appear in naturalist writings. The conflicts between man and nature and man against himself, plus the character of the dog make To Build a Fire into a naturalist text…

    • 743 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Naturalism, It Explains Why I Wrote This Paper Even with our ability to tame some sides of nature, there are still certain conditions and forces which are beyond control; we inevitably are left with no will, powerless against nature’s indifferent influence. This struggle against nature is depicted by many authors of the 19th and early 20th centuries, using key concepts of naturalism and determinism, a key component of naturalist theory, as a foundation and philosophy for many of these…

    • 2028 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    The “ Naturalism in American Literature” web page describes one of the key elements of Naturalism as the “‘brute within’ each individual, composed of strong and often warring emotions: passions, such as lust, greed, or the desire for dominance or pleasure; and the fight for survival in an amoral, indifferent universe. The conflict in naturalistic novels is often "man against nature" or "man against himself" as characters struggle to retain a "veneer of civilization" despite external pressures that…

    • 403 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    2013 ENGL-227 World Fiction Discuss Naturalism and the Importance of the Dog to Understand the Theme. The author of this short story is none other than Jack London. One of the most influential novelists of his age, Jack London was the author who wrote “Call of the Wild” and “White Fang”. Both books were excellent and even share some similarities with the story, “To Build a Fire”, which is the story we are going to discuss. “To Build a Fire” is a story of a man fighting the harsh weather…

    • 891 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    “To Build a Fire” by Jack London is a short story about a man trailing off the Yukon trail. This short story has elements of naturalism. Naturalism, in literature, determines and governs human character (Naturalism). The protagonist in the story continuously disregards the cold until he faces a life-or-death situation. He disregards the freezing temperature as he believes his friends will provide his needs. Despite, the advice and warnings from the older-timer, the man travels lightly, with his dog…

    • 923 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    To Build a Fire

    • 694 Words
    • 3 Pages

    How does "To Build a Fire" illustrate the elements of naturalistic literature? Paragraph 1: Introduction--what is Naturalism? brief overview of short story, thesis statement (connection between Naturalism and story) Paragraph 2: State the first element of Naturalism as outlined in web inquiry: Characters whose attempts to control their own lives are usually thwarted by outside forces. Give a few examples of how the character in To Build a Fire fits this description. Paragraph 3: Second…

    • 694 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays