27 February, 2015
“To Build A Fire”, Naturalism Essay
When Jack London wrote "To Build a Fire" he embraced the idea of naturalism because it mirrored the events of daily life
Naturalism displayed how humans had to be cautious at every corner because at anytime death could be there, waiting for them to make a mistake and forfeit their lives
He used naturalism, the most realistic literary movement, to show how violent and uncaring nature really is and how no matter what you do nature will always be there. London also presented the basic idea of Darwinism and the survival of the fittest, basically if you are not smart enough you will die
Collectively, London used naturalism to show how in life, humans can depend on nothing but themselves in order to survive .
"To Build a Fire" is a short story that
embodies the idea of naturalism and how, if one is not careful, nature will gain the upper hand and they will perish
When the main character was introduced into the story, the old man, made clear to the man that he should not travel alone if the weather had a temperature of fifty below zero .
also made clear that the man was in a perilous situation involving the elements .
The man faced a
weather that was seventyfive degrees below zero and he was not mentally or physically
prepared to survive
The man's first mistake was to step into a pool of water and soak his legs to the knees
This mistake forced the man to build a fire to dry his wet socks and shoes so his feet would not freeze and become frostbitten
When the man began to build a fire he failed to notice that he was doing so under a large, snow laden spruce tree where he was getting his firewood .
When the man had a small fire that was beginning to slowly burn the disturbance to the tree ...
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