To Build a Fire

What does his behavior reveal about his character?

”At half-past twelve, to the minute, he arrived at the forks of the creek.” (London 841). He sat down for a break and to have his biscuits for lunch, but he had forgotten to make a fire to thaw them. “He chuckled at his foolishness, and as he chuckled he noted the numbness creeping up into the exposed fingers” (London 842). “He was a bit frightened” (London 842) as to how fast his fingers and toes got numb. “And he laughed at him at the time!” (London 842). AND in what way are those traits important for the subsequent actin?

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The man minimizes his foolishness. He laughs it off as simple mistakes rather than ominous signs that he will zoo be in real danger should he push forward. His freezing fingers are his own internal signs that his journey must stop; natures last warning within his own body of his folly.