To Build a Fire

Is pride the mans downfall?

while his second fire is getting started, the man indulges in some distinctly prideful thoughts.

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I don't think that pride is his downfall; his downfall comes at the very beginning of the story....... he has no fear, he's ignorant, and he's arrogant. Those are the things that contribute to his downfall.

Certainly pride is this man's downfall. He pushes his luck with nature until it is too late for him. I think a sense of cockiness is relevant as well. The man almost seems to think he can exert control or cheat the elements.