Monkey: A Folk Novel of China

why is the man in to build a fire is never given a name? what is the effect of his being called simply "the man" throughout the story?

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There is no need for the characters to have names because the man and the dog are the only characters..........

"The man in "To Build a Fire" is purposely not given a name, as the deterministic environment is more important than his free will and individuality."