The Question and Answer section for To Build a Fire is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The man is completely responsible for his own fate. He refused to take the adivice of those more experienced, judged himself in control of the harsh conditions around him, and was too prideful to admite he was wrong.
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The man's instincts are wrong because their driven by pride and self-confidence. The weather is too cold, he is unsafe traveling alone, and he takes no notice of the dog. The man dies because he refuses to follow the advice of those more...