The Question and Answer section for To Build a Fire is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I think the major claim is that man is insignificant compared to the power of nature. Survival depends on recognizing and obeying nature's messages. This man was full of hubris and paid the ultimate price.
Jack London specialized in stories about the wilderness. His running theme involved the raw majesty and power of the elements. Naturalism was London's mantra and this story is a perfect example of this. In "To Build a Fire" the setting is in the...