To Build a Fire

Man vs. Nature is a major theme in London’s writings, and especially in “To Build a Fire.” what does London says about man vs. nature in the story.

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Jack London made his career writing about nature. Many of his themes had to do with respect for the elements. Nature plays very much a character in this story. In fact the man pales in significance that the author doesn't even give him a name. The man simply reacts to nature but not out of respect. He forges on despite her warnings to stop and make camp. The cold, potential frost-bite and unrelenting wind are not enough for the man to take heed. Even his dog, who is in tune with nature, tries to hold back. Eventually the man exhausts his opportunities listen to the elements and hold back. The man, in his arrogance, believes he can overcome whatever nature can through at him. He believes he can outrun the elements; unfortunately, for him, the elements never end.

Why does the man vs nater fight each other?


The man is trying to get warm.

Why is the boys geting the man when the man died?


The man is saying that he is about to die.