Day 3

To Build a Fire Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    The narrator explains that the dog followed the man, and that it "ran blindly, without intention, in fear such as he had never known in his life." What is meant by "without intention"? What is intention in this context, and in the context of the themes involving the dog?

    Strong answers will define intention in general as well as in the context of the story. They will relate this to the theme of instinct which is provided by the dog's presence in the story. This should account for the relationship the dog has with the man--one of habit rather than love and companionship.

  2. 2

    What was it that the man devoted his whole soul to? What is meant by this and what is the potential...

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