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 element of Naturalism: Settings that tend to be dark, harsh, and frequently urban. Give a few examples of how the setting in To Build a Fire fits this description.
Paragraph 4: Third element of Naturalism: Themes that often deal with brutality as well as the struggle for survival. Give a few examples of how the plot of To Build a Fire fits this description.
Paragraph 5: Conclusion. Restate your main idea about the connection between the story and elements of Naturalism. Maybe add a few words about your thoughts on the story.
Naturalism is a general understanding of reality and humanity's place with reality. Naturalism is usually defined mostly as the philosophical conclusion that the only reality is nature, as gradually discovered by our intelligence using the tools of experience, reason, and science. There are many varieties of naturalism. In this story the mans view of death is part of nature which cannot be stopped. "To Build a Fire," is a great example of naturalism.
In this story the man tried to fight threw the cold weather. If man were able to fight death, he would have faught it and have rebuild the fire and survive the night, but nature got the best of him. He tired to survive the night by forcing himself to keep building the fire, but it was impossible for him. After all his hands were numb and his legs were beginning to get frost bits. This made him weak and he finally rested with his eyes shut, thinking it was the best satifying sleep he...
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